Settlement reached in class-action lawsuit over abuse at Ont. institution

TORONTO – A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit filed against the Ontario government by former residents of an institution for the developmentally disabled.

The $35-million settlement, read out in court in Toronto this morning, includes an apology from the provincial government.

The maximum individual payout under the agreement would be $42,000.

The suit had alleged residents of the Huronia Regional Centre in Orillia, Ont. suffered almost daily humiliation and abuse.

The centre was operated by the province for 133 years.

The suit covered those institutionalized at the centre between 1945 and 2009, many of whom are now aged or dying.

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