Schools for the Deaf Class Action

To Anyone Who Attended the Ernest C. Drury School for the Deaf, the Sir James Whitney

School for the Deaf, and the Robarts School for the Deaf


If you know a former student please share this information with them.


On May 24, 2018 the Court approved a $15 million settlement on behalf of students of the Ernest C. Drury School for the Deaf (“Drury”), the Sir James Whitney School for the Deaf (“Whitney”), and the Robarts School for the Deaf (“Robarts”) and their predecessors.


The deadline to submit claims has passed. Those class members who submitted claims will have those claims assessed and paid in accordance with the settlement agreement.


Class Counsel is asking to have its fees paid from the settlement fund.  Class Counsel is asking for fees in the amount of 25% of the settlement fund ($3,750,000).  The June 11, 2019 court hearing to determine the lawyer’s fees has now been adjourned by the Court.  The hearing will NOT take place on June 11, 2019.  The hearing will now take place at 10:00AM on June 24, 2019 in Courtroom 5 of the Superior Court of Justice at 130 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario.”  The court will determine whether the fees requested are fair and reasonable and will consider, among other things, the risks taken on by Class Counsel and the success achieved in the settlement.


*The date and location of the hearing may change.  It may be moved to a different date or time without additional notice.  Please check this website for updates or contact the Administrator by calling 1-855-823-0656 (TTY: 1-877-627-7027) or emailing


To view videos of the Second Adjournment Notice and the Fee Approval Hearing Notice in American Sign Language (ASL) please click here.


The objection deadline has not been extended.  The deadline to submit an objection in advance of the hearing was May 15, 2019.