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Canada Student Loan Class Action

Update:  May 18, 2018

The motion for settlement approval was heard on February 22, 2018. On May 18, 2018, the Judge approved the settlement. Please continue to monitor this website or for instructions about how to make your claim for compensation. The forms are not yet available but should be in the coming weeks.

December 22, 2017 - SETTLEMENT

The Canada Student Loan Class Action has settled, subject to court approval. For information about the settlement please see the Notice of Settlement Approval Hearing in English and French and the Frequently Asked Questions

Notification to Class Members in the Student Loans Class Action

August 11, 2016

Notification to Class Members in the Student Loans Class Action Lawsuit

The Government of Canada recently sent out letters attempting to contact all persons whose student loan information was contained on a government hard drive which was lost in November 2012. The letter advises that a class action lawsuit was recently certified by the courts and attaches a court-approved notice. You can view a copy of the letter and the notice here.

If you received the letter, then the government believes your information was on the lost hard drive. If you wish to remain as part of the class action lawsuit, then you will not have to pay anything out-of-pocket, but legal fees will be deducted from any settlement or court judgment award. Please register your name and contact details with class counsel at so that we may send you updates and any future notices. If you do not wish to be part of the class action lawsuit, then you must opt out by August 31, 2016. Detailed opt-out instructions can be found at


Attached is the notice of certification to Class Members approved by the Court for the Student Loans class action (in English and French).

If you DO NOT want to participate in the class action, you must opt out by visiting and filling out the opt-out form.  You must deliver the opt-out form according to the  instructions before 5:00 p.m. EST on August 31, 2016 to exclude yourself from the class.

If you want to participate in the Class Action, you do not need to do anything right now. For more information, visit


UPDATE July 6, 2015 - Appeal Decision

The decision of the Federal Court of Appeal was released on July 6, 2015.  Click here to view the decision.

We were successful in reversing the Federal Court’s decision not to certify our claims for negligence and breach of confidence. This means that the claims for negligence and breach of confidence will be included as part of the class action. The next steps are to issue notice of certification to class members and secure a trial date. If the defendant appeals the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision to the Supreme Court of Canada, these steps could be delayed. Be sure to check this website for updates or contact Chelsea Hermanson ( 


This student loans class action lawsuit was certified by the Federal Court of Canada on March 17, 2014.  Click here to view the Decision of the Federal Court.

Click here to view the Press Release issued on March 18, 2014.


On January 11, 2013, the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development announced that an external hard drive containing the private details of some 583,000 Canadians went missing.  The Government of Canada has known about this since November 5, 2012, but it has taken them more than 2 months to notify the public.

Branch MacMaster LLP is working together with Sutts, Strosberg LLP, Falconer Charney, and Bob Buckingham Law on the Canada Student Loans Class Action.  For further information, please visit or fill out the registration form here.