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CLASS ACTION Fees for educational services and for the purchase of school materials

CLASS ACTION Fees for educational services and for the purchase of school materials

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F.A.Q.

 

GENERAL QUESTIONS ON THE CLASS ACTION

  1. 1. What is the class action regarding costs for educational services and for the purchase of school materials?

    It is an action for damages claiming the reimbursement of fees charged by schools and school boards for educational services, for the purchase of textbooks or of mandatory or optional instructional materials required for the teaching of the programs of studies of elementary and secondary education, and for reference and reading material.  The class action is based on the principle of free educational services set out in the Education Act and in the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

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  3. 2. On whose behalf has the class action been instituted?

    The institution of class action on behalf of all the members of the following class has been authorized:

    "All persons who have paid, as parents, tutors, or assignees, for their children registered in one of the schools forming part of the educational institutions of the respondents, costs for educational services (...) and for the purchase of textpooks or instructional materials, mandatory or optional, required for the teaching of programs of studies of elementary and secondary education, as well as costs for reference and reading material, from the 2009-2010 school year, except for the ten (10) school boards listed at paragraphs 20. i., ii, iii, iv, v, vi, x, xii, xiii and xv, from the 2008-2009 school year, until the judgment date, that are not subject to the exception contemplated by section 7 of the Education Act (CQLR, chapter I-13.3), subject to certain reservations with respect to the Commission scolaire des Samares for which the following clarifications should be made:
    • With respect to the Commission scolaire des Samares, all of the matters that were the subject of the discontinuance recorded in the minutes of the hearing dated February 27, 2012 in the court record 705-06-000005-109 of the Superior Court of the district of Joliette will be excluded from the claim;"

       

  4. 3. Am I a member of the class?

    You are automatically a member of the class if you are the parent the tutor or the assignee of a student who attended one of the school boards targeted by the class action during the school years covered by the class action and if you paid school fees for this student.

  5. Please note, however, that the settlement agreement provides that indemnities will be paid to the persons who are registered as the persons in charge in the files of the students concerned by the class action and not to each class member.

    You are not a member of the class if you have opted out of the class action. Class members who signed the opt-out form no later than September 1st ,2017 at 4:30 PM are excluded from the class action. It is no longer possible to exclude oneself from the class action.

     

  6. 4. Who represents the class members?

    On December 6th, 2016, the Honourable Carl Lachance, Justice of the Superior Court of Québec, appointed Ms. Daisye Marcil as the representative plaintiff for the purposes of the class action.

     

  7. 5. Which school boards are targeted by the class action?

    The following 68 school boards are targeted by the class action:

    • Commission scolaire des Affluents
    • Commission scolaire des Appalaches
    • Commission scolaire de la Baie-James
    • Commission scolaire Beauce-Etchemin
    • Commission scolaire des Bois-Francs
    • Commission scolaire de la Capitale
    • Commission scolaire Central Québec
    • Commission scolaire de Charlevoix
    • Commission scolaire du Chemin-du-Roy
    • Commission scolaire des Chênes
    • Commission scolaire des Chic-Chocs
    • Commission scolaire au Cœur-des-Vallées
    • Commission scolaire de la Côte-du-Sud
    • Commission scolaire des Découvreurs
    • Commission scolaire des Draveurs
    • Commission scolaire Eastern Shores
    • Commission scolaire Eastern Townships
    • Commission scolaire de l’Énergie
    • Commission scolaire English-Montréal
    • Commission scolaire de l’Estuaire
    • Commission scolaire du Fer
    • Commission scolaire du Fleuve-et-des-Lacs
    • Commission scolaire Harricana
    • Commission scolaire des Hautes-Rivières
    • Commission scolaire des Hauts-Bois-de-l’Outaouais
    • Commission scolaire des Hauts-Cantons
    • Commission scolaire des Iles
    • Commission scolaire de la Jonquière
    • Commission scolaire de Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup
    • Commission scolaire du Lac-Abitibi
    • Commission scolaire du Lac-Saint-Jean
    • Commission scolaire du Lac-Témiscamingue
    • Commission scolaire des Laurentides
    • Commission scolaire de Laval
    • Commission scolaire Lester-B.-Pearson
    • Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys
    • Commission scolaire Marie-Victorin
    • Commission scolaire de Montréal
    • Commission scolaire Monts-et-Marées
    • Commission scolaire de la Moyenne-Côte-Nord
    • Commission scolaire des Navigateurs
    • Commission scolaire New Frontiers
    • Commission scolaire de l’Or-et-des-Bois
    • Commission scolaire des Patriotes
    • Commission scolaire du Pays-des-Bleuets
    • Commission scolaire des Phares
    • Commission scolaire Pierre-Neveu
    • Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Iles
    • Commission scolaire des Portages-de-l’Outaouais
    • Commission scolaire de Portneuf
    • Commission scolaire des Premières-Seigneuries
    • Commission scolaire de la Région-de-Sherbrooke
    • Commission scolaire René Lévesque
    • Commission scolaire de la Riveraine
    • Commission scolaire de Riverside
    • Commission scolaire des Rives-du-Saguenay
    • Commission scolaire de la Rivière-du-Nord
    • Commission scolaire de Rouyn-Noranda
    • Commission scolaire de Saint-Hyacinthe
    • Commission scolaire des Samares
    • Commission scolaire de la Seigneurie-des-Milles-Iles
    • Commission scolaire Sir Wilfrid Laurier
    • Commission scolaire des Sommets
    • Commission scolaire de Sorel-Tracy
    • Commission scolaire des Trois Lacs
    • Commission scolaire du Val-des-Cerfs
    • Commission scolaire de la Vallée-des-Tisserands
    • Commission scolaire Western Québec

    The following 4 school boards are not targeted by the class action:

    • Commission scolaire des Grandes-Seigneuries
    • Commission scolaire Crie
    • Commission scolaire du Littoral
    • Commission scolaire Kativik

     

  8. 6. Which schools are targeted by the class action?

    All of the elementary and secondary schools of the 68 school boards targeted by the class action are themselves targeted. This represents approximately 2,240 schools during the indemnified school years.

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  10. 7. Who are the students concerned by the class action?

    All the students who were registered in any of the elementary or secondary schools of any of the 68 school boards targeted by the class action during the years targeted by the class action are concerned by the class action. 

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  12. 8. What are the school years targeted by the class action?

    The class action targets the 2008-2009 to 2018-2019 school years for the following 10 school boards:

    • Commission scolaire de la Capitale
    • Commission scolaire du Chemin-du-Roy
    • Commission scolaire des Découvreurs
    • Commission scolaire de l’Énergie
    • Commission scolaire De La Jonquière
    • Commission scolaire du Lac-Saint-Jean
    • Commission scolaire des Navigateurs
    • Commission scolaire des Pays-des-Bleuets
    • Commission scolaire des Premières-Seigneuries
    • Commission scolaire des Rives-du-Saguenay

    For the 58 other school boards targeted by the class action, the class action targets the 2009-2010 to 2018-2019 school years.

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    The school years targeted by the class action are different from the school years for which indemnities will be distributed under the settlement agreement. For further information, please refer to questions 12, 13 and 14. The indemnified school years correspond to the 2009-2010 to 2016-2017 school years for the 10 school boards mentioned above and to the 2010-2011 to 2016-2017 school years for the 58 other school boards targeted by the class action.

     

     

  14. 9. How many students are concerned by the class action?

    On average, more than 720,000 students for each school year are concerned by the class action.

     

GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

  1. 10. What is the total amount of the settlement agreement?

    Without admission of liability, and subject to their rights and remedies against their liability insurers, if applicable, the 68 school boards targeted by the settlement agreement agree to collectively pay a total amount of $153,507,134.00 in capital, interest, costs and additional indemnity, including the fees of counsel for the class members (and the applicable taxes), as well as the disbursements (including financing costs) and legal costs incurred by them.

    This total amount excludes the distribution costs and the publication costs for the notices, which are assumed directly by the 68 targeted school boards in addition to this total amount.

    The settlement agreement does not include the payment of punitive damages.

     

  2. 11. What is the indemnity which will be paid to the class members?

    A net amount of $24.09 per student per school year of attendance of a public elementary or secondary school targeted by the class action between the 2009-2010 or 2010-2011, as the case may be, and the 2016-2017 school years will be paid to the persons in charge registered in the files of the students concerned.

    For example, the person in charge of a student who has attended elementary or secondary school for 5 school years targeted by the class action will be entitled to an indemnity of $120.45 (5 X $24.09) with respect to this student.

    The fees and disbursements of class counsel (representing approximately $4.40 per student per school year) have already been deducted in order to obtain the net amount of $24.09 per student per school year. Therefore, you will not have to pay any amount in this regard following the receipt of your indemnity.

     

  3. 12. For which school years will the indemnities be distributed?

    The 2009-2010 to 2016-2017 school years will be indemnified for the 10 following school boards:

    • Commission scolaire de la Capitale
    • Commission scolaire du Chemin-du-Roy
    • Commission scolaire des Découvreurs
    • Commission scolaire de l'Énergie
    • Commission scolaire De La Jonquière
    • Commission scolaire du Lac-Saint-Jean
    • Commission scolaire des Navigateurs
    • Commission scolaire du Pays-des-Bleuets
    • Commission scolaire des Premières-Seigneuries
    • Commission scolaire des Rives-du-Saguenay

    The 2010-2011 to 2016-2017 school years will be indemnified for the 58 other school boards targeted by the class action:

    • Commission scolaire des Affluents
    • Commission scolaire des Appalaches
    • Commission scolaire de la Baie-James
    • Commission scolaire Beauce-Etchemin
    • Commission scolaire des Bois-Francs
    • Commission scolaire Central Québec
    • Commission scolaire de Charlevoix
    • Commission scolaire des Chênes
    • Commission scolaire des Chic-Chocs
    • Commission scolaire au Cœur-des-Vallées
    • Commission scolaire de la Côte-du-Sud
    • Commission scolaire des Draveurs
    • Commission scolaire Eastern Shores
    • Commission scolaire Eastern Townships
    • Commission scolaire English-Montréal
    • Commission scolaire de l’Estuaire
    • Commission scolaire du Fer
    • Commission scolaire du Fleuve-et-des-Lacs
    • Commission scolaire Harricana
    • Commission scolaire des Hautes-Rivières
    • Commission scolaire des Hauts-Bois-de-l’Outaouais
    • Commission scolaire des Hauts-Cantons
    • Commission scolaire des Iles
    • Commission scolaire de Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup
    • Commission scolaire du Lac-Abitibi
    • Commission scolaire du Lac-Témiscamingue
    • Commission scolaire des Laurentides
    • Commission scolaire de Laval
    • Commission scolaire Lester-B.-Pearson
    • Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys
    • Commission scolaire Marie-Victorin
    • Commission scolaire de Montréal
    • Commission scolaire Monts-et-Marées
    • Commission scolaire de la Moyenne-Côte-Nord
    • Commission scolaire New Frontiers
    • Commission scolaire de l’Or-et-des-Bois
    • Commission scolaire des Patriotes
    • Commission scolaire des Phares
    • Commission scolaire Pierre-Neveu
    • Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Iles
    • Commission scolaire des Portages-de-l’Outaouais
    • Commission scolaire de Portneuf
    • Commission scolaire de la Région-de-Sherbrooke
    • Commission scolaire René Lévesque
    • Commission scolaire de la Riveraine
    • Commission scolaire de Riverside
    • Commission scolaire de la Rivière-du-Nord
    • Commission scolaire de Rouyn-Noranda
    • Commission scolaire de Saint-Hyacinthe
    • Commission scolaire des Samares
    • Commission scolaire de la Seigneurie-des-Milles-Iles
    • Commission scolaire Sir Wilfrid Laurier
    • Commission scolaire des Sommets
    • Commission scolaire de Sorel-Tracy
    • Commission scolaire des Trois Lacs
    • Commission scolaire du Val-des-Cerfs
    • Commission scolaire de la Vallée-des-Tisserands
    • Commission scolaire Western Québec

     

  4. 13. Why does the settlement agreement not provide for the payment of indemnities for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years?

    These two school years are compensated by the Supplement for the purchase of school supplies paid by the Government of Quebec. This supplement is annual financial assistance of $100 per child aged 4 to 16 as of September 30 each year and is meant to provide assistance to families for the purchase of school supplies.

    Further information on the Supplement for the purchase of school supplies can be obtained online at:

    https://www.rrq.gouv.qc.ca/en/enfants/Pages/supplement-achat-fournitures-scolaires.aspx

     

  5. 14. What about the school fees which will be charged for the 2018-2019 school year and for future school years?

    On June 7th, 2018, the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports issued a directive regarding free educational services, which you can consult online at:

    http://www.education.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/site_web/documents/nouvelles/Directive_gratuite_scolaire.pdf

    The school boards have the obligation to comply with the Education Act and they are bound by the directives issued by the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports.

    The school boards targeted by the class action have undertaken not to substantially increase the fees charged to parents for the 2018-2019 school year, except in accordance with the directive mentioned above. The payment of the Supplement for the purchase of school supplies by the Government of Quebec also compensates the class members for the fees required during the 2018-2019 school year.

     

  6. 15. What claims are settled by the settlement agreement?

    The settlement agreement provides for the complete and final settlement of all claims arising from the facts and costs mentioned in the class action proceedings (which you may consult in the "Official Documents" section of this website), for the 2009-2010 or 2010-2011 school year, as the case may be, to the 2018-2019 school year.

  7. Any class member who has not opted out of the class action has given to the 68 school boards targeted by the class action, through the representative plaintiff, full and final release for any claim mentioned in the preceding paragraph, for the 2008-2009 to 2018-2019 school years.

     

MUST I DO ANYTHING TO ENSURE THAT I WILL RECEIVE THE AMOUNTS TO WHICH I AM ENTITLED?

  1. 16. Must I provide any documents to obtain the indemnities to which I am entitled?

    No, you have no documents to provide since the settlement agreement provides for the automatic distribution of the indemnities. No intervention on your part is required.

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HOW WILL THE INDEMNITIES BE DISTRIBUTED?

 
  • Please note that Collectiva is not able to inform you of the address and identity of the respondent in your child's file.

  • If you know the registered address, please complete the change of address form with your current address.

  1. 17. How will the distribution of indemnities be made?

    The settlement agreement provides for the automatic distribution of the indemnities to the class members who are registered as persons in charge in the files of the students concerned by the class action.

    The distribution does not require the class members to make any claim.

    The distribution will be completed through the mailing of cheques to the persons in charge of the students targeted by the indemnities. The cheques will be accompanied by a confirmation of the identity of the student concerned, by explanations as to the calculation of the indemnities paid to the class member and by explanations as to the maximum delay for cashing the cheque. One cheque per student per school board will be issued.

    If multiple persons in charge are on file, the cheque will be issued jointly to them. The persons who will receive a joint cheque will need to ensure, prior to cashing the cheque, that it is signed by each of the persons to whose order it has been issued.

    To consult the indemnity distribution schedule, click "here".

     

  2. 18. How will the indemnities be distributed to students who have attended several school boards during the school years targeted by the class action?

    The indemnities will be calculated by Collectiva Class Action Services Inc. for each school board targeted by the class action. You will therefore receive a separate cheque for each school board targeted by the class action which your child attended during the indemnified school years.

    The amount of each of these cheques will be calculated according to the number of school years of attendance of the school board concerned among the indemnified school years.

    You may receive such cheques at different times. The cheques will be mailed on a school board basis, according to the distribution schedule which you may consult here.

     

  3. 19. To whose name will the indemnity cheques be issued?

    The cheques will be issued to the order of the persons registered as persons in charge in the files of the students concerned by the class action. In the case of students who have left the public school system, the cheques will be issued to the order of the last persons in charge on file.

    This way of identifying the persons in charge has been specifically approved by the Honourable Carl Lachance, Justice of the Superior Court of Quebec, on November 16th, 2018.

    A joint cheque will be issued if multiple persons are identified as persons in charge for the same student. The persons who will receive a joint cheque will need to ensure, prior to cashing the cheque, that it is signed by each of the persons to whose order it has been issued.

     

  4. 20. Can I ask to be identified as a person in charge in the file of my child?

    The indemnity cheques will be issued to the persons who are currently identified as the persons in charge in the files of the students concerned by the class action.

     

  5. 21. What happens when one of the two persons in charge of a student has opted-out of the class action?

    If multiple persons are identified as persons in charge for the same student, but one of them has opted-out of the class action, the total indemnity will be paid to the other person in charge. The right of exclusion is a personal right and the exclusion of one person in charge does not cause the exclusion of the other person in charge.

     

  6. 22. To which addresses will the indemnity cheques be sent?

    Collectiva Class Action Services Inc. will send the indemnity cheques directly to the address of the persons in charge registered as the last principal residence address in the files of the students concerned by the class action.

    This rule will apply even if several persons are identified as persons in charge for the same student but live at different addresses.

    As stated in the Notice of Approval of the Parent Transaction in December 2018, parents could notify Collectiva of a change of address until February 4, 2019, through a form that was available on this website.

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  8. 23. How will the school boards find the addresses to which the indemnity cheques will be sent?

    The school boards targeted by the class action already hold contact information for the vast majority of the class members identified with their schools as persons in charge in the students’ files. They have also undertaken to take all steps which are reasonably necessary to fin contact information for class members for whom they do not currently have such information.

    In order to achieve the most complete and reasonable distribution of indemnities, the parents could notify Collectiva of a change of address until February 4, 2019, by means of a form that was available on this website, as set out in the notice of approval of the transaction published in parents' attention in December 2018.

     

  9. 24. How can I ensure that the indemnities to which I am entitled will be sent to my current address?

    If your address is up to date with the school boards that your child attended, you have nothing to do. The distribution of the indemnity cheques will be done automatically at the address of the persons in charge registered as the last principal residence address in the files of the students concerned by the class action.

    As stated in the Notice of Approval of the Parent Transaction in December 2018, parents could notify Collectiva of a change of address until February 4, 2019, through a form that was available on this website.

     

  10. 25. What must I do if I changed my address during the years targeted by the class action?

    As stated in the Notice of Approval of the Parent Transaction in December 2018, parents could notify Collectiva of a change of address until February 4, 2019, through a form that was available on this website.

     

  11. 26. What happens if I am not the person in charge for a student, but have paid fees for educational services and for the purchase of school materials during the targeted years?

    If you are not the person registered as the person in charge in a student’s file, you will not receive any cheque from Collectiva. In this case, if you have paid fees for educational services and for the purchase of school materials during the indemnified school years, you must submit your claim to the person in charge who received the cheque for your child. In the vast majority of cases, this person will be the other parent or the tutor of your child.

    If a class member has a claim with respect to the cheque sent to a person in charge, the settlement agreement approved by the court provides that he or she submit such claim to the person in charge rather than to Collectiva, to the school boards targeted by the class action, to the representative of the class members or to counsel for both of the latter.

     

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE THE INDEMNITIES TO WHICH I AM ENTITLED?

It is currently planned that the cheques will be gradually mailed in between January 22nd, 2019 and July 24th, 2019.

The distribution of the cheques issued to the persons in charge designated as tutors for a student (rather than as such student’s mother or father) has not yet begun, pursuant to the judgment rendered on June 19, 2019 by the Superior Court of Québec (which you may consult in the “Official Documents” section of this website). This website will be updated once the distribution schedule for such cheques has been determined.

The cheques will be mailed on a school board basis, according to the distribution schedule which you may consult here.

 

WHAT MUST I DO IN ORDER TO CASH MY INDEMNITIES?

If you receive a cheque in your name only, you can cash it upon receipt, like any other cheque.

If you receive a joint cheque, make sure, prior to cashing it, that it is signed by each of the persons to whose order it has been issued. The persons who receive a joint cheque have the responsibility to agree between themselves as to their respective shares of the amounts to which they are entitled. No recourse or separate claim may be brought against Collectiva, against the school boards targeted by the class action, against the representative of the class members or against counsel for both of the latter.

You must cash your cheque within 180 days of the date of issue. Once this delay expires, you will lose your right to an indemnity and the cheque issued to you will be cancelled.

 

WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH THE INDEMNITIES THAT WILL NOT HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED?

It is possible that some indemnities may not be distributed. For example, this could happen in the rare cases where no address is registered in the student’s file or when the indemnity cheque is not cashed within the 180-day delay. These undistributed indemnities will constitute the balance.

Once the distribution process is finalized and approved by the court, the parties have agreed that a portion of the balance will be released to each school board targeted by the class action to assist students with financial needs, according to the criteria established by the school boards. The remaining portion of the balance will be released to the Class Action Assistance Fund.

 

WHY HAVE I NOT RECEIVED MY CHEQUE? WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?

There are several reasons why you may not have received a cheque::

  • Cheques are sent to the last known address of the persons identified as persons in charge in the files of the students concerned by the class action. If you are not a person in charge, you will not receive a cheque. In this case, if you have paid fees for educational services and for the purchase of school materials during the indemnified school years, you must submit your claim to the person in charge who received the cheque for your child. In the vast majority of cases, this person will be the other parent or the tutor of your child;
     
  • You may not have received your cheque if you are acting as a tutor, since the distribution of indemnities to the persons in charge identified as tutors has not yet begun. For more information, please refer to the Distribution Schedule;
     
  • Your cheque may have been sent to an old or incorrect address or it may have been lost in the mail. In such cases, you may, subject to certain conditions, ask that Collectiva send you a new cheque to your current address;
     
  • Finally, your cheque may not yet have been sent by Collectiva or it may currently be in the custody of Canada Post.

Please verify the Distribution Schedule to see if your initial cheque has already been issued. Given the postal delays, please wait at least 30 days after the date of issuance indicated in the Distribution Schedule before submitting a request for reissuance to Collectiva.

 

CAN COLLECTIVA SEND ME A NEW CHEQUE?

A judgment rendered by the Superior Court of Québec on April 12, 2019 provides for certain cases in which a request for the reissuance of a cheque may be allowed. You can access the text of the judgment here.

Collectiva may reissue a cheque free of charge for the applicant in the following cases:

  • At least one person whose name is written on the cheque is deceased;
  • At least one person whose name is written on the cheque is subject to a restraining order or has been deprived of parental authority;
  • At least one person whose name is written on the cheque is missing and impossible to find;
  • At least one name was misspelled on the cheque received so that it could not be cashed.

Collectiva may reissue a cheque for a $30 administrative fee per cheque (i.e., per student and per school board) for the applicant in the following cases:

  • The applicant did not submit a change of address on this website and the cheque was sent to a former address where the persons in charge no longer live;
  • The applicant submitted a change of address on this website but Collectiva confirmed that there has been a mistake in the new address notified to Collectiva or the change of address was found to be invalid;
  • The applicant submitted a change of address on this website but the persons in charge thereafter moved again;
  • Collectiva confirms that the cheque was indeed sent to the correct address, but it was not received by the persons in charge. (The administrative fees associated with these applications will be covered by the balance of the amounts paid by the school board for which the cheque is issued if this balance is sufficient. In the event that the balance is insufficient, the administrative fees of $30 or less per cheque will be deducted from the indemnities.)

The administrative fee of $30 (or, in the last case, $30 or less) will then be deducted from the amount of the indemnities that would otherwise have been distributed to you. You do not have to advance payment of these fees.

To see all the conditions to be fulfilled to obtain the reissuance of a cheque, click here.

To submit a request for the reissuance of a cheque and to send your supporting documents to Collectiva, click here.

Collectiva may not reissue a cheque in the following cases:

  • You are able to find and to contact the persons in charge whose names appear on the cheque, but you choose not to do so;
  • You want to change the identity (rather than the spelling of the name) of the persons whose names are written on the cheque;
  • You have received your cheque, but you have lost it, destroyed it or have not cashed it validly.

 

WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS FOR OBTAINING THE REISSUANCE OF MY CHEQUE?

The general conditions to be fulfilled to obtain the reissuance of a cheque are the following:

  • The application must be made within one hundred and eighty (180) days of the date of issuance of the initial cheque. If you have not received your initial cheque, refer to the date indicated for your school board in the Distribution Schedule;
  • The initial cheque must not have been cashed;
  • A cheque may only be the subject of one (1) admissible request for reissuance. Therefore, if the other person in charge of a student has already submitted a request for reissuance, you will not be able to submit a new request. Similarly, if you request a reissuance without indicating all applicable reasons, you will not be able at a later stage to state any reasons you may have omitted;
  • Except where all the persons in charge referred to in the initial cheque are deceased, missing and impossible to find, subject to a restraining order or deprived of parental authority, only a person whose name is written on the cheque may request the reissuance of a cheque;
     
    • When all the persons in charge referred to in the initial cheque are deceased, the request for reissuance of the cheque must be made by one of their heirs or by the liquidator of one of their estates;
       
    • When all the persons in charge referred to in the initial cheque are missing and impossible to find, subject to a restraining order or deprived of parental authority, the request for the reissuance of a cheque must be made by the person who is in fact exercising custody over the student concerned or, if the student is now of full age, the person who was exercising such custody during the period covered by the cheque.
  • Any applicant must also meet certain qualification criteria and be able to provide Collectiva with certain information and, depending on the applicable ground of reissuance, certain documents.

To submit a request for the reissuance of a cheque and to send your supporting documents to Collectiva, click here.

 

WHAT INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO REQUEST THE REISSUANCE OF A CHEQUE?

The necessary information is specified as you complete the request for reissuance form available here. It includes:

  • the student's permanent code;
  • the student's name and surname;
  • the student's date of birth;
  • the name and surname and contact details of the applicant; and
  • miscellaneous additional information depending on the applicable ground of reissuance.
The documents you should prepare before beginning to complete a request for the reissuance of a cheque are the following:
 
  • if you are invoking the death of a person in charge, one (1) digital copy of a death certificate, of a copy of the act of death or of an attestation of death emanating from the registrar of civil status or, if you do not have any of these documents in your possession, an affidavit from a person other than yourself and who is not a person in charge, which must be in keeping with this template;
  • if you are invoking a restraining order or the deprivation of a person in charge’s parental authority, one (1) digital copy of the court judgment containing the restraining order or providing for such deprivation of parental authority;
  • if you are invoking that a person in charge is missing and impossible to find, an affidavit from a person other than yourself and who is not a person in charge, which must be in keeping with this template;
  • if you are invoking that you have not received your cheque despite Collectiva having confirmed that it has been sent to your current address, an affidavit from yourself, which must be in keeping with this template.

To submit a request for the reissuance of a cheque and to send your supporting documents to Collectiva, click here.

 

TO LEARN MORE

  1. Who is responsible for managing the distribution of the indemnities?

    Collectiva Class Action Services inc..
    200-2170 RENÉ-LÉVESQUE BOULEVARD W
    MONTRÉAL QC H3H 2T8

     

  2. Who are counsel for the class members?

    Mtre Manon Lechasseur
    Mtre Yves Laperrière
    JUSTITIA, CABINET D’AVOCATS
    138, Racine Street E
    Chicoutimi (Québec) G7H 1R7

    Mtre Jean-Philippe Groleau
    Mtre Guillaume Charlebois
    DAVIES WARD PHILLIPS & VINEBERG S.E.N.C.R.L., S.R.L.
    1501, McGill College Avenue, 26th floor
    Montréal (Québec) H3A 3N9

     

 

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