Class action

contamination of groundwater in

Shannon, Québec

Information about the class action

Following a long battle in justice, the residents of Shannon won an important battle in the Québec Court of Appeal which was validated by the Supreme court of Canada. This victory, associated with the contamination of the water table by trichloroethylene (TCE) due to federal activities and properties. This victory can be found in the decision given by the Québec Appeal court on January 17th 2019, whilst the Supreme Court of Canada, on December 2rd 2020, rejected the applications for leave to appeal by the co-defendants.

By this decision, the defenders, the attorney general of Canada, GD-OTS and The Valcartier Société Immobilière were found liable to pay significant financial compensation in damages and interests to roughly 4000 residents and previous residents of certain sectors in the form of of moral and punitive damages in connection with the TCE contamination of groundwater in the Municipality of Shannon.

Individuals aged 18 or over on 21 December 2000 who resided in certain defined areas of the town of Shannon within the province of Québec, for at least one month during certain determined periods between the months of April 1995 and June 2006 may be entitled to cumulative compensation ranging from $250 to $64,000, in addition to important sums constituted by the interest and the additional indemnity accrued from 16 July 2007 to the date of payment of the compensation.


Who is eligible?

All natural persons, aged 18 and over on December 21 2000, having suffered damage, including stress and inconveniences ,resulting from the contamination of groundwater with trichloroethylene (TCE) and its degradation by-products emanating from buildings owned by the Government of Canada at the DRDC Valcartier center and from Société immobilière Valcartier inc. (now GD-OTS Canada inc.) or the disturbance caused by the connection work to the aqueduct, who resided in Shannon:

  • from January 1996 to December 2000, in one of the residences connected to the aqueduct network during the work phase which took place from September to December 2001

  • during one of the phases of connection to the aqueduct which took place from 2001 to 2006, described in Exhibit R-132, in one of the residences connected to the aqueduct network during this phase

  • from April 1995 to March 2000, in one of the housing units supplied by the military base's aqueduct network

What to have in hand in order to submit your claim

To be eligible to receive compensation, Class Members must provide, by means of the Claim Form, information and documents showing:

  1. that they were 18 years of age or over on 21 December 2000

  2. the duration of their residency in Shannon and their address(es) of residency during the relevant period

  3. if applicable, that they were parents having custody of or responsibility for one or more children under the age of 18 before 21 December 2000 at a covered address

  4. if the Claim is submitted on behalf of a deceased or incapable person, the authority to do so, based on the appropriate succession documents

To obtain a compensation, all potential class members must fill out the Claim Form approved by the Court online, and attach copies of all justificative documents on or before July 15, 2023, as evidenced by the postmark. For further details on the claim process as well as in regards with the payment process, please visit the court designated Claims Administrator’s website.

Can you help us?

Click on the button below to see a list of people who lived in the area and can potentially make a claim.  Unfortunately, we are unable to contact them to date.  Look at the list and you may see someone that you know.

Remember, all claims have to have been made before July 15th, 2023!

Contact Us

For more information about the class action, please do not hesitate to reach out to or by phone at 418. 527.5257

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