The Federal Court certified the national class action Corriveau v Canada on March 26, 2021. The class action seeks damages on behalf of all individuals who were allegedly sexually assaulted or subjected to inappropriate and unnecessary procedures during mandatory applicant medical examinations by a physician designated by the RCMP.
The claims against the RCMP are for negligence, breach of the duty of care, vicarious liability, and systemic negligence. Kim Spencer McPhee Barristers P.C. is appointed as Class Counsel.
Notice of certification is currently being disseminated to class members though direct mail and email, posting in RCMP detachments, headquarters and on the RCMP's internal and external websites, and through external publications and social media. A copy of the Certification Notice and Opt-out Form are available. At this time a settlement has not been reached.
Certain allegations involve Dr. John A. MacDougall, who saw RCMP applicants in New Brunswick and Ontario from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s, and Dr. Donald Campbell who saw RCMP applicants in Nova Scotia from 1981 to 2003. Dr. Campbell also saw RCMP applicants in St. John's, Newfoundland. The lawsuit alleges and includes other instances in other jurisdictions by other RCMP Designated Physicians
The RCMP takes all allegations of sexual assault, violence and inappropriate behaviour seriously.
We continue to encourage anyone who feels they are the victim of inappropriate behaviour to report it. The RCMP's primary concern is for the wellbeing of our employees, and we are committed to providing a safe and respectful workplace for all employees.