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The Settlement Approval Hearing is scheduled to commence at 9:30am (Atlantic Daylight Time) on Tuesday, July 16, 2024. 

For those who would like to attend by videoconference, the Zoom link / details are below.  If you have also requested the opportunity to make submissions at this Settlement Approval Hearing, please use this link / details. 

Topic: T-2158-16 (A.B., Wallace Fowler v. His Majesty The King)

Jul 16, 2024: 09:30 AM, Atlantic Time (Canada)
Jul 17, 2024: 09:30 AM, Atlantic Time (Canada)

Meeting ID: 674 3575 9036

Passcode: 716942


The proposed settlement covers members and former members of the CAF who experienced racial discrimination and/or racial harassment in connection with their military service at any time since April 17, 1985 (the "Class Members").

Before it can take effect, the proposed settlement must be approved by the Federal Court.  A hearing for that purpose will take place on July 16 and 17, 2024, commencing at 9:30 a.m. local time in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The hearing will take place at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, Room D, 1919 Upper Water Street in Halifax.  There will also be an option to attend by video conference. A link to attend via videoconference will be available on this website ahead of the hearing date.

If you are a Class Member, you can provide statements of support or objection to the settlement to the Federal Court between now and June 27, 2024.

Further information about the proposed settlement, and the settlement approval hearing, can be found in the Short-Form Notice and Long-Form Notice, both of which have been approved by the Federal Court. 

Read the Federal Court’s decision approving these notices.

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Proposed Settlement 

The proposed settlement includes:

  • Payment for class members who experienced racial discrimination and/or racial harassment connected with their military service.
  • The option to participate in a restorative engagement process to share your experience.
  • Other measures to improve the organizational culture and systems within the Canadian Armed Forces with the objective of addressing and eliminating racial discrimination and harassment.

The Monetary Assessment Scheme sets forth the way in which individual payments will be assessed for eligible Class Members.

The Systemic Relief Measures sets forth the CAF’s commitment to institutional change, along with the option for participation in restorative engagement processes.

Both the Monetary Assessment Scheme and the Systemic Relief Measures are currently only available in English and will be put before the Federal Court for approval at the hearing on July 16 and 17, 2024.

The proposed settlement has not yet been approved and the claims period is not yet open. Visit this website for updates on the class action, including the launch of a claims period.

Unless you wish to offer a statement of support or objection for the settlement, there is nothing that you need to do at this time.  If the settlement is approved, further notice will be provided to advise Class Members of their options to either: (a) opt-out of the settlement; or (b) submit a claim form.

Court Documents

Contact 

For further information about the class action, contact Class Counsel by phone or email: 

Call: (902) 420-3322

Please note that this line will connect you to a voicemail where you can leave your contact information. Class Counsel will return your call as soon as possible.

Email: forces.class.action@stewartmckelvey.com 

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