Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement – Crown wards

In 2014 a class action was filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and was certified as a class proceeding to include all individuals who became Crown wards in Ontario anytime between January 1, 1966 and March 30 2017, and suffered physical or sexual assault before or while a Crown ward (“Class Members”).
A proposed settlement has been reached with The Government of Ontario in this class action to provide compensation to Class Members. The proposed settlement needs to be approved by the Court before it is finalized. A settlement approval hearing has been scheduled for May 12, 2021, “Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement” approval hearing is available below for more information.


Message to CASs from Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé

Message from Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé
Wednesday, January 13, 2021


Dear Executive

Director, As we all work to navigate the ongoing disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we want you to know that the Ombudsman’s Children and Youth Unit is here for Ontario’s young people in care, and eager to assist you in serving them.
While we continue to work remotely, we have ensured that we are accessible via phone/voicemail, email and our website to hear and respond to the needs of children and youth, and those who work with vulnerable young people across the children’s services sector. We have also created new digital resources to assist you in informing young people in care about their rights and how to contact us with questions or

concerns. These materials have been created specifically to help stakeholders and service providers communicate with young people about when they should contact us, and what we can do to help them and you. Please help us distribute them widely – for example, by sharing them with your colleagues and staff and on your website, to ensure they are readily available within your agencies and/or residences.


  • A range of videos geared towards young children and youth you can show directly to them to let them know who we are – and why they should call us. We encourage you to embed these videos directly on your website, or share them by email.
A new, two-page “Know Your Rights In Care”brochure that explains the various types of rights to which young people are entitled under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017 (this can also be printed out for distribution, and/or used as a poster).
We also plan to send materials out to every children’s aid society. Please help us assess your needs by indicating how many resources you require to give to children and youth, and to adults, over the next year. Please email Akihiko Tse at by February 3rd, 2021 to place your request.

We would also be happy to arrange virtual meetings or presentations to answer questions and share information with you, your colleagues and the young people in your care. Our staff have already held many such meetings with agencies and groups across the sector and welcome opportunities to engage with you and hear your feedback.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Children and Youth Unit by phone (416-325-5669; 1-800-263-2841) or email (

We also encourage you to stay up to date on our work via our monthly newsletter, our social media channels (Twitter: @Ont_Ombudsman and @Ont_OmbudsmanFR; Facebook: @OntarioOmbudsman; Instagram: @OntOmbuds), and the Children and Youth Unit section of our website:

Yours sincerely,

Paul Dubé,
Ombudsman of Ontario

Thank You

The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk is so grateful for the overwhelming support from local community partners, businesses, community members and staff who have generously donated to support children, youth and families this holiday season. This time of year can be stressful for many families, who may also be experiencing additional difficulties this year due to the pandemic. Your kindness and generosity has made a difference and brightened the holiday season for numerous local families!

On behalf of the staff at CASHN and the families we serve, we are sending heartfelt thanks to the following, plus many others who remain unnamed:

Gracious Donors – Holiday Season 2020

ACS Valves, Caledonia
Blue Star Ford Lincoln Sales – Kyle Kowtaluk
Bossy Nagy Group – Delhi and two associate offices
Darling Homes for Kids
DDP Technology
Equipment Centre, Simcoe & Courtland, Jeremy & Sherri Graham
Gay Lea Foods, Hamilton & Hagersville
George Forsyth Plumbing & Heating – Darin, Melissa & Family
Haldimand Abilities Centre
Knights of Columbus
Langton Women’s Institute
Morison Insurance
Norfolk County Quilters Guild
Norfolk Simcoe Electric, Jeremy & Jen Prouse
Norview Lodge Administration
OPP – London Communication Centre
OPP – Norfolk County
Procter & Gamble
Ritzy’s Cakes & Eatery – Robyn and Paul
Shur Lok Storage
Simcoe & District Real Estate Board
Simcoe Lions Club
Stefek Spuds
Tacasho Inc Gary & Sharon Green
Adrian MacCuish
Alfie Fulop and Rose Dodge
Alice Ann Szabo
Andrea Hoyle
Ann Martin
Bertling & Adams Family
Brittany Munro & Thirty-One – customers
Bruce & Brenda Wentzell
Catherine Custodio
Dawn Perrier
Diane Cooper
Donald Cross
Gail Pow
Giles Family
Jackie Treszl
Jason & Amber Posthumus
Jennifer Hodgkinson
Jennifer Mels
Jeremy Edwards
Judy Voegtle
Kathy Szabo & Todd Smith
Katie McGhie
Kerri Mitchell
Laurie Toth
Lynda Curry
Mark Lockington
Mary Weber
MaryAnn Bastin
Meg Cooper
Monica Lamain
Pilatzke Family
Quinn Bateson
Randy & Dawn Booker-Broker & Lauren Poitras
Sarah & Kyle Godelie
Senior Management Team
Sherry Stone
Tanya Parciak
Terence & Ellen Kolomaya
Trish Heinbecker
Wanieta Dygos and Bruce Agley

Holiday Assistance

Every year, with the help of our community members, The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk has been able to provide extra assistance to children and families we work with during the holiday season.

This year, in order to follow public health measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and best meet the needs of families, we have made some changes to our holiday donation program.  We will be graciously accepting gift cards and monetary donations to go towards the purchase of gift cards to be distributed to families.  This will ensure families are able to afford gifts and food to enjoy together as a family.  Your support will make such a difference and families are so grateful for your help.

There are a number of ways you can make a gift in support of The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk.

  • The simplest and most convenient is to make a gift online through Canada Helps at You can select a fund of your choice (General Fund for holiday donations) and add a message about your donation.
  • You can also make a gift through the mail or by calling the Society.

The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk

70 Town Centre Drive

Townsend ON N0A 1S0

1-888-227-5437 or 519-587-5437, ext 235 or 298

  • If you are purchasing a gift card, you might consider: Walmart, Superstore, local shops or grocery stores, restaurants, sports stores or Amazon.
  • Gifts can also be made in the memory of a friend or family member who has passed away.

Whatever method you choose know that your donation is going directly to support local children, youth and families.

Thank you for your generosity and enjoy a safe and happy holiday season!