Albertans who were injured as children while under provincial guardianship between 1966 and 2008 may be eligible for Victims of Crime benefits.
The Court of Queen’s Bench approved the settlement of a class action suit regarding the government’s role to seek compensation for children injured as a result of abuse, assault or other crimes while under provincial guardianship.
Benefit claims can be made between January 15, 2016 and January 15, 2017. The settlement applies to people who were under the care of Alberta Child Welfare and/or the Public Trustee and
- subject to Permanent Guardianship Agreements or Permanent Guardianship Orders between 1966 and 2008, or Temporary Guardianship Orders between 1985 and 2008;
- under 18 at the time; and
- were injured while in provincial guardianship; or
- were injured before coming into provincial care for reasons related to their guardianship, such as abuse or assault.
Under the terms of the settlement, they can apply for financial compensation from the provincial government’s Victims of Crime program. Amounts are determined by the schedule of benefits set out in the Victims of Crime Regulation and range from $500 to $110,000, depending on the type of crime and severity of the injury.
The Alberta government is also establishing a $7.5 million fund for claims rejected by Victims of Crime program on the basis that they missed the limitations period. Those claims will be reviewed by an independent adjudicator and benefit amounts will be based on the Victims of Crime Regulation.
Press Secretary, Human Services