Seeking Compensation for Woodlands Survivors
BCCPD continues to work closely with the Woodlands survivors in their struggle for justice and compensation. As of the end of 2011, the Province continues to exclude former Woodlands residents who were at the institution before August 1, 1974. These oldest survivors have not been given the opportunity to have their abuse recognized through the settlement agreement that has been signed by the Province. The compensation process for survivors who were at Woodlands after August 1, 1974, is extremely slow: as of October 2011, only 8 claims have been filed, out of the approximately 850 survivors who have come forward.
See more on our ongoing work on Woodlands.
Part 7 Accident Benefits
BCCPD has been advocating for a long overdue change to Part 7 of the Insurance Motor Vehicle Act. Part 7 Benefits ensure that British Columbians who are injured in automobile accidents receive rehabilitation services and wage benefits to compensate them while they are injured. Part 7 also provides death benefits to families for funeral expenses and lost income.
Part 7’s current rates and provisions are out-of-step with today’s costs and are leaving claimants without the services and financial support they need. In 2007, we prepared a paper: Part 7 Accident Benefits: A Time for Change with recommendations that will help ensure that British Columbians who are injured in automobile accidents and their families can obtain the services and support they need.
Since 2010, BCCPD has coordinated a stakeholder group of community organizations who have come together to convince ICBC of the need for changes to Part 7. ICBC and the groups have had a number of very positive meetings and we are continuing to work with ICBC on this issue.
See our web page on Part 7.