Lake Manitoba Flood Class Action Lawsuit Settlement 2021

Exchange Solutions Inc. is the Claims Administrator for the 2011 Lake Manitoba Flood Class Action Settlement Agreement that received the Court-Approval Order by the Honourable Justice Joan McKelvey of the Court of Queen's Bench on January 13, 2022.

Claims Assessment Update: 

 

The Claims Administrator continues to receive supporting documentation as part of the Claimant Eligibility Assessment process.

 

Notices of Eligibility or Ineligibility are beginning to be sent to Claimants starting in September 2022 and will continue to be sent throughout the following months.

 

The deadline to file a claim for potential compensation under the Class Action Settlement ended on April 14, 2022.

 

No further claims can be accepted.

 

A class action lawsuit was initiated against the Province of Manitoba in 2013 on behalf of those affected by the 2011 Lake Manitoba flood waters. 

In 2021, the Province of Manitoba and the class legal counsel DD West LLP reached a settlement of $85.5m that was approved by the Court of Queens Bench on January 13, 2022.

If you had submitted a Claims Registration Form during the court-approved period ending April 14 2022, after the Claims Administrator records your Claims Registration Form information, you will receive a “Notice of Receipt of Claim Registration Form” with your Claim Number.

As outlined in the court-approved Claims Administration Procedure, dependent on the volume of Claims received by the Claims Administrator, within the next year the Claims Administrator will assess each Claim Registration Form and communicate back to the Claimant if they meet or do not meet the Eligibility Criteria.

If the Claims Administrator determines that you meet the eligibility criteria to potentially receive compensation, the Claims Administrator will provide you with a Claim Option Form for you to complete (see information below).

Upon receipt of the Claim Option Form, you will have 90 days to select the option you would like and return the completed Claim Option Form to the Claims Administrator.

If the Claims Administrator determines that you do not meet the eligibility criteria, you will be provided the opportunity, within a set timeframe to provide further information, to potentially substantiate your eligibility.

 

Claim Option Form

 

The Claim Option Form will provide two options.

 

Option 1 Fixed Payment Amount:  If you had received compensation from the original Government of Manitoba Financial Assistance Program between 2011 and 2014, you will be provided with an option to select a Fixed Payment Amount that has been defined in the class action settlement agreement and will not require you to provide any further supporting evidence to the Claims Administrator.

 

Option 2 Detailed Assessment:  If you did not file a claim with or receive any compensation from the original Government of Manitoba Financial Assistance Program, or if you choose not to take the Option 1 Fix Payment Amount you may select this option that provides for a Detailed Assessment of your claim by the Claims Administrator.

In either case, the Claims Administrator may request supporting documentation for your claim from you.

 

Dependent on the volume of Claims received by the Claims Administrator, it is estimated that those eligible claimants that select Option 1 Fixed Payment option may receive their payment within one year of April 14, 2022 and for those claimants that are either first time claimers for compensation or select Option 2 Detailed Assessment on the Claim Option Form, it is estimated that those claimants may receive their payment within three years.