Accessible first aid training for people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Okanagan Valley Association of the Deaf obo Others v St. John Society (British Columbia and Yukon) and St. John Ambulance Canada

The Okanagan Valley Association of the Deaf has filed a representative complaint with the BC Human Rights Tribunal. The complaint is brought on behalf of people who are D/deaf or hard of hearing, use Sign language, and have been impacted by the St. John Society’s refusal to fund Sign language interpretation for St. John Ambulance first aid courses in BC.

If you have been impacted by the St. John Society’s refusal to provide Sign language interpretation for its services, please fill out the form below or contact us by email here (email ltrack@clasbc.net and iwon@clasbc.net).

One of the lawyers on this case will respond to you directly.

Early Settlement Meeting

An Early Settlement Meeting has been set by the Tribunal for January 24, 2019.
If we are unable to resolve the complaint at the Early Settlement Meeting, then the case will proceed to a hearing.

Documents

Read the complaint here.

Read a preliminary Tribunal decision about the timeliness of the complaint here.

Opting out of the Proceedings

Class Members have the right to exclude themselves from the Class Complaint (“opt-out”).

If you opt-out, you will not be eligible to participate in, or receive money from, the ongoing Class Complaint, but you will be able to start or continue your own complaint regarding the claims at issue.

If you do nothing, you will be eligible to participate in, and may receive money from, the ongoing Class Complaint, but you will not be able to start or continue your own complaint regarding the claims at issue.

If you do not want to be a class member in the Class Complaint, your opt-out must be received by December 31, 2018. To opt out, please make a request in writing including your full name and contact information to ltrack@clasbc.net or by mail at

Attention: Laura Track
Community Legal Assistance Society
Suite 300 - 1140 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 4G1

Media Coverage

Human rights complaint against St. John Ambulance over sign language will proceed
Tessa Vikander StarMetro Vancouver | June 27, 2018

Deaf association files human rights complaint against St. John Ambulance
Jaimie Kehler CBC News | January 27, 2018

Deaf Burnaby resident fed up with St. John Ambulance not providing ASL interpreter for course
Cornelia Naylor | Burnaby Now | August 30, 2018