Litigation Update

Proposed Class Action Lawsuit

As communicated in February 2021, a proposed class action was commenced against St. Thomas More Collegiate, Vancouver College Ltd., The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Vancouver, The Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of St. John’s and The Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese.

The action alleges abuse (physical and/or sexual) by former Christian Brothers faculty in the period 1976 to 2013 at Vancouver College and St. Thomas More Collegiate. (see Feb. 8 2021 School Communications)

Important Updates

The current phase of this action is procedural only and addresses the plaintiff’s application to the court to certify the action under the Class Proceedings Act.

January 31, 2022: Vancouver College and the other defendants filed its initial responses to the underlying civil action and to the plaintiff’s application for certification of the case as a class action.

Summary of Vancouver College’s position on certification request that the court certify the case as a class action: Vancouver College is committed to ensuring that appropriate legal processes are used to address any allegations of abuse claims. Since allegations of abuse claims raise very sensitive and individual issues, Vancouver College is opposed to certification. The procedural framework used for class actions is not the preferable process to address the claims being made. Vancouver College seeks to respond to the claims in an individualized and more efficient manner.

August 2022: The hearing of the plaintiff’s certification application (and other related matters) is scheduled to be heard by the courts.

Our profound concern and ongoing commitment

Crimes of abuse are tragic and horrific and have lifelong impacts on victims. Vancouver College expresses profound concern and sympathy to anyone who has been impacted in any way by any abuse.

The safety and wellbeing of our students is our number one priority. We take this responsibility, and the trust that is placed in us, very seriously. We have a comprehensive set of policies, protocols, screening processes and procedures in place to make our school a safe environment for students, faculty, and the entire Vancouver College community. These policies are reviewed on an ongoing basis to ensure that they are protecting students in the most effective way possible.

We remain committed to do all that we can to best support our community and anyone impacted. We take this matter very seriously. For enquiries please email communications@mail.vc.bc.ca.