RCMP Class Action Settlement Website

Settlement Overview

Update: Please note that the claims process has now closed.

There are two primary components to the settlement: 1) a confidential claim process to provide compensation to class members; and 2) change initiatives to be undertaken by the RCMP. To read the transcript of Commissioner Paulson’s Apology to women in the RCMP made during the Settlement announcement on October 6, 2016 in Ottawa, please click here.

Compensation

The settlement provides compensation on a confidential basis to Primary Class Members who experienced gender and/or sexual orientation-based harassment and discrimination while working in the RCMP. The settlement focuses on workplace harassment, and does not include harassment inflicted by members of the public.

There are six levels of compensation:

Level 1 (Minimal Injury): $10,000
Level 2 (Mild Injury): $35,000
Level 3 (Low Moderate Injury): $70,000
Level 4 (Upper Moderate Injury): $100,000
Level 5 (Significant Injury): $150,000
Level 6 (Severe Injury): $220,000


Compensation is available to certain Secondary Class Members – please review the FAQs for more details.

The settlement terms provide multiple levels of protection to ensure that the RCMP will not learn the identity of claimants at any point during the claim process, so that current serving members may seek compensation without fear of reprisal. Please review the FAQs for more information about these safeguards.

To review a copy of the Settlement Agreement, please click here.

Please note that the claims process has now closed.

Change Initiatives

Under the settlement, the RCMP will implement a number of change initiatives aimed at eliminating gender and sexual orientation-based harassment and discrimination within the RCMP.

These initiatives include:

1. a commitment to increase the number of women in regular member, officer and executive positions to 30% by 2025;

2. establishment of a National Gender and Harassment Advisory Committee to serve as an advice-giving forum to the Commissioner on matters involving issues of gender, sexual orientation, harassment, equity and inclusivity. The National Gender and Harassment Advisory Committee will be comprised of 75% current members who are reflective of the diverse composition of the RCMP and 25% RCMP managers. The National Gender and Harassment Advisory Committee will issue a written Annual Report, which will be publicly available. The RCMP will provide a written Response to this Annual Report, which will also be publicly available. The 2020 Annual Report and Response can be found here;

3. establishment of a local Gender and Harassment Advisory Committee in each Division to serve as an advice-giving forum to the Commanding Officer of the Division of matters described in (2). Relevant content of this advice will be reported annually to the National Gender and Harassment Advisory Committee. The local Gender and Harassment Advisory Committee will be comprised of 75% current members who are reflective of the diverse composition of the RCMP and 25% RCMP managers; and

4. mandatory anti-harassment training for all members.

For more details about the change initiatives, please review Schedule E to the Settlement Agreement, here.

The claims process is now closed. For more information on other RCMP Class actions, please click on the Updates tab.