Claims received by the late claim application deadline Dec 2019
Claims deemed eligible based on the criteria outlined in the Settlement Agreement.
Claims that have been
fully and finally denied.
Please note that due to COVID-19, we have paused denying applications for the time being.
Individuals who receive an Official Rejection Notice still retain the right to request reconsideration of their claims by the Reconsideration Officer. Right now, individuals who have received an Official Rejection Notice can make this request at any time. Once deadlines are reinstated, individuals will have a time-limit of 30 days to make this request.
The Administrator has reviewed these claims and determined that additional information is needed, or, the information provided does not meet the Settlement criteria. Applicants in this category will have received either a Notice of Intent to Reject, a Reminder Letter, or a Request for Additional Information (Supplementary Claim Form). Without additional information that meets the Settlement criteria, the Administrator cannot find these claims eligible. Individuals have been notified of this requirement. Right now, individuals who have received the above letters can provide additional information at any time. Once deadlines are reinstated, individuals will have a time-limit of 30 days to respond to their Reminder Letters or 45 days to respond to their Notice of Intent to Reject or Request for Additional Information letters (Supplementary Claim Form).
These claims are currently being assessed for eligibility. Note that this includes claims that are being reviewed by the Administrator, the appropriate Provincial, Territorial, or Federal agency, or by one of the four Lands Claim Organizations. This category also includes claims that have been reviewed previously and are now being re-assessed either by the Reconsideration Officer or by the Administrator, based on new information applicants have provided.
*These numbers are subject to change and are for informational purposes only.
It is important to note that not every claim will follow a straight path from assessment to approval or denial. Some claims will be assessed and reassessed more than one time, as new information is requested and received. The number of claims being actively assessed, and the number of claims determined as requiring additional information, may go up and down as supporting documentation is received and reviewed.
Glossary of terms
- Criteria outlined in the Settlement Agreement/Settlement criteria: According to the Settlement Agreement: “the settlement includes people who are registered Indians (as defined in the Indian Act) and Inuit as well as people eligible to be registered Indians; and were removed from their homes in Canada between January 1, 1951 and December 31, 1991 and placed in the care of non-Indigenous foster or adoptive parents. Those who meet this criteria will be included in the settlement as ‘Class Members’. All Class Members, except those who validly opt out, are eligible for compensation.”
- Fully and finally denied: An application is considered “fully and finally denied” when (a) the deadline for reconsideration, following an “Official Rejection Notice,” has expired and no action for reconsideration has been taken or (b) upon the Reconsideration Officer’s decision to fully and finally deny an application after reviewing it.
- Official Rejection Notice: An Official Rejection Notice is sent when the Administrator has reviewed an application and determined it is not eligible for settlement funds based on the criteria outlined in the Settlement Agreement. Before being sent an Official Rejection Notice, applicants will first receive, and have time to respond to, a Notice of Intent to Reject letter and a Reminder Letter.
- Reconsideration Officer: The Reconsideration Officer’s job is to review all requests for reconsideration and make a final decision on whether an application is eligible. The Court has appointed Dr. James Igloliorte, former Judge with the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, as the Reconsideration Officer for Sixties Scoop claim applications.
- Notice of Intent to Reject: A Notice of Intent to Reject is sent when the Administrator has reviewed an application and has determined that they cannot assess the application as eligible based on the information they have received. Either the information provided in application does not meet the Settlement criteria or more information is needed to prove that the application meets the Settlement criteria.
- Reminder Letter: A reminder letter is sent to applicants who have previously received a Notice of Intent to Reject and who have not responded to that notice. The reminder gives people an additional 30 days to respond to the notice before issuing an Official Rejection Notice.
- Request for Additional Information (Supplementary Claim Form): A Request for Additional Information letter is sent to applicants in cases where no official wardship or adoption records could be found as a result of the Administrator’s search. The letter includes and asks individuals to complete a short Supplementary Claim Form to resolve the missing information.
- Website update – December 2020 - As we approach the end of 2020, we want to acknowledge that this has been a difficult year. COVID-19 has impacted all our lives, and it has impacted this claims process as well—adding unforeseen challenges to an already complex process. We hear and understand people’s frustrations. We want nothing more than to see every eligible Class Member receive the closure and compensation they deserve. The last thing we would want is to move forward in a way that compromises anyone’s legitimate claim. Given the current public health circumstances, we are continuing the pause on denying applications for the time being. What that means is that no claim will be denied during this time. However, we are actively assessing claims and, where possible, approving them and issuing interim payments. If you have received a request from us, the Administrator, asking for additional information, we do encourage you to send that information… Continue reading
- November 6, 2020 - We are pleased to let you know that we have now expanded the capacity of our claimant call centre with the additional support from Donna Cona Inc. This means we will be better able to process and respond to the high volume of phone and email inquiries from applicants. As we continue to move this process forward, we want to thank you for your patience and understanding. Continue reading
- September 11, 2020 - We are pleased to confirm that the Federal and Ontario Courts have approved motions to appoint Donna Cona Inc. to expand the capacity of our call center. This will help us better meet demand for phone and email inquiries, while focusing on the all-important work of moving the application process forward. The Court Orders containing the appointment of Donna Cona are now posted on the “Official Documents” page of the website. Continue reading