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)

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, it is Vancouver College’s belief that 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.

Important Updates

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.

August 2022:   The class action certification hearing is scheduled for August 8th -16th . Vancouver College will post a further update once the decision is known and next steps have been determined.

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.