March 31, 2021 – The individual claims process component of the Canadian Armed Forces-Department of National Defence sexual misconduct class action settlement is well underway. Current and former Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members, and current and former employees of the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Staff of the Non-Public Funds (SNPF), Canadian Forces (CF) affected by sexual misconduct in the military workplace may submit a confidential claim for financial compensation and to participate in a Restorative Engagement program until the period to file a claim closes on November 24, 2021.
The claims process is confidential. The fact that someone has made a claim, and all of the information and documents provided by claimants will not be disclosed to claimants’ co-workers, supervisors, or DND/CAF/SNPF, CF leadership, except with the consent of the class member or as required by law.
The range of individual compensation for most eligible class members is $5,000 to $55,000. Class members with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other diagnosed mental or physical injuries directly arising from sexual assault or sexual harassment may be eligible for additional amounts. In the case of a CAF class member, these additional amounts are only available if they are ineligible for Veteran’s Affairs Canada (VAC) benefits and their application for reconsideration is also denied. DND/SNPF class members do not need to apply for VAC benefits, unless they also have CAF service. In addition to the possibility of financial compensation, class members can also choose to participate in a Restorative Engagement program which aims to provide class members safe and flexible options to share their experience of sexual misconduct, its causes and impacts with Defence leadership – to be heard, acknowledged and validated, and to contribute to changing the organizational culture.
Information on the settlement, who is included, and how to submit a claim can be found here: http://www.caf-dndsexualmisconductclassaction.ca/