The Government of BC has agreed to pay back $5.7 million that was deducted from the disability or income assistance cheques of 11,700 methadone treatment patients between November 2009 and July 2016. 8,000 people currently on disability and income assistance who were affected by these deductions will automatically receive a monthly cheque of up to $150 until the amounts are paid back. However, there are around 4,000 people who were methadone patients and used to receive disability and income assistance but no longer receive it, who should also be compensated.
Methadone patients who were receiving disability and income assistance between November 2009 and July 2016 can register for payment by contacting Gratl and Company, the law firm who argued the case on behalf of methadone patients. See the Gratl and Company website for more information about how to make a claim.