Canadian Thalidomide Survivors Support Program
The Administrator has a new mailing address:
CANADIAN THALIDOMIDE SURVIVORS SUPPORT PROGRAM
PO Box 507 Stn B
Thalidomide Survivors Contribution Program Class Proceeding – Notice of Settlement Approval Hearing on February 26-27, 2020. Click here for more information.
On May 8, 2020, the Federal Court approved the settlement and Class Counsel’s fee request in the class proceeding regarding the 2015 Thalidomide Survivors Contribution Program. The motion for costs was denied. Copies of these orders and the reasons for the decision can be found at Class Counsels' website at: Thalidomide Survivors Contribution Program Class Proceeding
CTSSP Application Deadline:
Step 1 – Preliminary Screening Applications are now available for any living individual who believes that they are a Thalidomide Survivor, including those previously denied under the 1991 EAP or the 2015 TSCP. Click here to download the form or call 1-877-507-7706 (TTY: 1-877-627-7027) to have one sent to you. The CTSSP Application deadline is postmarked by June 3, 2024 to the Administrator.
Confirmed Survivors who are currently at a level 1 or a level 2, may request reassessment of their health status once per fiscal year or more frequently if there is an urgent need. Click here to download the application.
There is no limit as to how many applications you may submit as the Administrator has removed the yearly submission deadline date to make the process easier for you. Please submit a new application whenever you wish; however, the Administrator requests that you accumulate $500 worth of expenses before sending in your application unless it creates a financial hardship for you. Click here to download the application.
You may also call the Administrator at 1-877-507-7706 (TTY: 1-877-627-7027) or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org to have any of the forms sent to you by mail or email.
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The CTSSP Assessment Application Process
Any living individual who believes that they are a Thalidomide Survivor, including those previously denied under the 1991 EAP or the 2015 TSCP, must submit a Step 1 - Preliminary Screening Application for assessment to the Administrator prior to the application deadline of June 3, 2024 and must proceed successfully through all the three steps below to be eligible for support under the Canadian Thalidomide Survivors Support Program (“CTSSP”).
Step 1: Preliminary Screening:
At Step 1, you must submit a Step 1 - Preliminary Screening Application postmarked by June 3, 2024.
To be eligible under the CTSSP:
Individuals who meet the Step 1 eligibility requirements will advance to Step 2
Step 2: Probability Assessment:
At Step 2, you will be required to submit a detailed application form. Your physician will need to complete the Step 2 - Probability Assessment Application for you as the Step 2 - Probability Assessment Application requires detailed medical responses to specific questions about your Thalidomide related injuries. Once the completed application is received, it will be reviewed carefully by the Administrator. The information provided at this step will be input into a diagnostic algorithm for Thalidomide embryopathy by qualified medical staff. The algorithm will harness the best available international science in understanding patterns of Thalidomide embryopathy. The algorithm will yield a probability based result on a three-point scale of the likelihood that your injuries are the result of maternal ingestion of Thalidomide in the first trimester of pregnancy. It is not a definitive medical test, but a probability assessment.
The term “probable” is the highest point on a three-point scale of the algorithm which ranges from “unlikely” to “probable” that your injuries are the result of maternal ingestion of Thalidomide in the first trimester of pregnancy.
Individuals with a probability result suggesting one’s injuries were the result of Thalidomide will advance to Step 3.
Step 3: Medical-Legal Panel Review:
At this step, a multidisciplinary committee of medical and legal experts will carefully consider the totality of the information related to your application and any other evidence the committee considers relevant. This could include genetic test results and medical exams it may requisition, to formulate its recommendation to the Administrator that an individual is eligible for support under the CTSSP.
The CTSSP Application period will be open for a five year period beginning June 3, 2019 and ending June 3, 2024.