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On June 20-22, 2016, Chief Justice Hinkson of the British Columbia Supreme Court, Justice Perell of the Ontario Superior Court and Justice Corriveau of the Cour Superior du Quebec held joint hearings in Toronto, Ontario to consider the applications of the Joint Committee and the federal government about the surplus in the 1986 to 1990 Hepatitis C Settlement Agreement Trust Fund which is estimated to be between $207 million and $256 million as at December 31, 2013.

At the joint hearings, the Courts heard submissions regarding whether the Courts should exercise their discretion to allocate all or a portion of that surplus in accordance with the orders they issued in 1999 approving this settlement and, if so, how it should be allocated.

In summary, the Joint Committee requested that $205 million of the surplus be paid out to benefit Class Members and Family Class Members with specific recommendations on how this should be done; and, that the remaining surplus be retained in the fund.  A summary of the Joint Committee’s recommendations to the Courts (which were recently amended) can be found here.  The federal government opposed the Joint Committee’s surplus request.

The federal government asked that the entire surplus be paid out to the federal government or be retained in the fund; or, alternatively, that the amount requested to be paid out to the Class Members and Family Class Members be limited. The Joint Committee opposed the federal government’s surplus request.

No province or territory asked to have any part of the surplus paid to it. Each urged the Courts to honour the structure of the settlement agreement and to avoid overcompensation to Class Members and Family Class Members.   

In addition to the legal arguments, the Joint Committee summarized for the Courts what was learned during the consultation sessions with Class Members held in Dartmouth, Montreal, Toronto, Hamilton, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Vancouver as well as the hundreds of written submissions sent to the Joint Committee by Class Members (which were also filed with the Courts).  The Joint Committee urged the Courts to read all of the Class Member submissions.  In addition, some Class Members attended the hearings on June 20-22 and spoke to the Courts directly. At the conclusion of the hearings on June 20-22, the Courts expressed deep appreciation for the input of the Class Members.  

The Courts have “reserved” their decisions.  This means that they have not yet made their decisions and will advise in writing of their decisions once they have been made.  On factually and legal complicated matters, it is expected that this process will take several months. This website will be updated once the decisions have been received. 

Copies of the materials that have been filed with each of the Courts including the written submissions to the Courts from each of the parties can be reviewed by clicking on the links to the applicable province below. This website will be updated to include additional materials that are filed with the Courts as well as the decisions of the Courts and any Orders or directions issued in connection with the joint hearings.

British Columbia

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In this Web site, you will find important information on key aspects of the Hepatitis C (HCV) January 1, 1986-July 1, 1990 Class Actions Settlement.  Please note that the settlement is for the benefit of two main groups:

  • Persons who were infected with HCV for the first time through blood transfusions during the period of January 1, 1986 to July 1, 1990, and certain members of their families;
  • Persons with certain congenital clotting deficiencies (hemophilia) or Thalassemia Major who contracted HCV and received Blood and blood products in Canada during the period of January 1, 1986 to July 1, 1990, and certain members of their families.

Please read the information on this Web site very carefully. This will help you to determine whether you are eligible or not for compensation as a member of one of the two groups identified above. Once you have read and reviewed the information contained in this Web site, you can contact the Administrator if you have any questions or comments.

To do so, you may send an email or call us toll-free, at 1-877-434-0944. Our business hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Eastern Time, Monday to Friday.


  • A key feature of the benefits under The 1986-1990 Hepatitis C Settlement Agreement is that Approved HCV Infected Class Members are able to return for additional compensation if their Disease progresses.  For example, you may have been entitled to Level 2 compensation in the past, but if your Disease has already progressed or does progress in the future you may be approved at a higher disease level and awarded additional compensation. Please contact the Administrator for further information regarding this important feature of the Settlement Agreement.  
  • If you are an Approved Class Member you may be eligible for reimbursement for uninsured costs of HCV treatment and medications in addition to out-of-pocket expenses such as travel costs associated with seeking medical advice and treatment regarding your Hepatitis C. 
  • It is important to designate an Executor of your Estate in your Will for the continuation of your claim in the event that you may pass away.  It is also important to inform your Executor to contact the Administrator regarding your claim under the 1986-1990 Hepatitis C Settlement Agreement as compensation may be available to your family members if Hepatitis C has materially contributed to your death.  Please note that certain claim deadlines will apply to family member applications.   
  • You can add your email address to your file by emailing us at info@hepc8690.ca and we will update or add your email address to your file.  Your email address will remain strictly confidential and will not be distributed. 

Important notice!

Any person who submits a statement of claim to the Administrator containing intentionally inaccurate and/or false information in order to obtain undue benefits under the Agreement is liable to criminal and/or civil action.



What's New

March 4, 2015 – Recent HCV Diagnosis Exception to the June 30, 2010 First Claim Deadline

The Court has amended a protocol with regards to issuing Initial Claim Packages to individuals who first learned of their infection with HCV within three (3) years prior to first having advised the Administrator of a potential claim.  To view the Court Approved Protocol, click here


March 4, 2015 - Issuance of Initial Claims Packages after the June 30, 2010 First Claim Deadline

The Court has amended a protocol with regards to issuing Initial Claim Packages to individuals upon request, provided that certain conditions are met. To view the Court Approved Protocol, click here


May 1, 2014 – Request Form – Deficiency Deadline Extension

Should you wish to request and extension of your Deficiency Deadline, please submit a “Request Form – Deficiency Deadline Extension” setting out (a) the steps already taken to cure the deficiencies; (b) the reasons why the deficiencies have not been cured to date; and (c) the new steps you propose to take to cure the deficiencies and how long these steps will take. To view and print a “Request Form – Deficiency Deadline Extension”, click here.


May 1, 2014 – Deficient Claims, Claimants that Cannot be Located and Duplicate Claims

The Court has approved a protocol with regards to Deficient Claims, Claimants that Cannot be Located and Duplicate Claims. To view the Court Approved Protocol, click here.


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