The Archdiocese of Montreal will pay $14.7 million to victims of sexual assault
The Archdiocese of Montreal will donate at least $14.7 million to to compensate the victims of sexual assaults committed by diocesan members and lay employees of the Archdiocese of Montreal. This settlement agreement comes within the framework of a class action filed on April 3, 2019.
The news was transmitted by the firm Arsenault Dufresne Wee Avocats, which represents more than 60 victims to date in Quebec in this class action against the Diocese of Montreal.
It should be noted that sexual assaults committed by religious priests (members of a religious congregation) are not included in this settlement agreement.
The hearing at which the plaintiff will seek approval of the agreement and fees will take place in the
coming weeks, but the date is not yet confirmed.
Other collective actions to seek compensation for victims of sexual assaults committed by religious members are also being carried out by the same law firm, in particular against the Congrégation de Sainte-Croix, the Religious of Saint-Vincent de Paul, the Brothers of the Christian Schools, the Brothers of Saint-Gabriel of Canada, the Brothers of Charity, the Brothers of Christian Instruction, the Montfort Fathers, the Dominicans and the dioceses of Longueuil, Joliette, Quebec, Trois-Rivières, Saint-Hyacinthe, Sherbrooke and Amos.
More than 1,700 victims have already come forward to register for these various remedies, it is noted.