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 court hearing scheduled for April 4, 2019 has been changed to 10:00AM on June 11, 2019 at the Superior Court in Toronto to decide whether the lawyer’s fees should be approved.  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 Adjournment Notice and the updated Fee Approval Hearing Notice in American Sign Language (ASL) please click here.


The objection deadline has been extended. If you want to object to the fees sought by Class Counsel you must send your objection by May 15, 2019 or attend at the hearing.


To object in advance of the hearing, you must submit an objection that includes the following:

  • your name, address, and telephone number;
  • a statement saying that you object to Class Counsel's request for payment of fees in Welsh v Her Majesty the Queen in the Right of Ontario, Court File No. CV-15-53404200CP; and
  • The reasons you object to the fees, along with any supporting materials.


You must submit your objection by May 15, 2019 or attend the hearing.  You can submit an objection by mail, E-mail or by phone.


You must submit your objection, to:

  • 3-505, 133 Weber St. North
  • Waterloo ON N2J 3G9
  • Attention: School Abuse Class Action Administrator
  • Toll Free: 1-855-823-0656
  • TTY: 1-877-627-7027