TORONTO, Jan. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has certified a class action alleging that the Government of Canada failed to provide mentally ill offenders incarcerated in the Federal penitentiary system with adequate medical care, improperly subjected them to solitary confinement, and failed to protect people who suffer from mental illness. The action was certified with the consent of Canada, the defendant, on December 12, 2016.
The claim alleges breaches of sections 7, 9, and/or 12 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The allegations have not been proven in court. Now that a class action has been given the approval to go ahead by the Court, the next step will be for the parties to litigate the case on its merits.