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Manitoba Developmental Centre

In January 2021, the Manitoba government announced a 3-year plan to transition all residents at the MDC to alternative supported living arrangements in the community by March 31, 2024. This page is dedicated to the history of the closing of the Manitoba Developmental Centre, the steps towards its closure and the transition into the community for its current residents. You can also find on this page information about the class action lawsuit against the province of Manitoba regarding the Manitoba Developmental Centre and the claims process. Media resources regarding the MDC and de-institutionalization can be found in our resources under the media and publications headings.

History of the Efforts to Close the Manitoba Developmental Centre

In September 2006, Community Living Manitoba filed a formal complaint with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission which stated that the Department of Families (Provincial Government) and the Public Trustee had systematically discriminated against persons living at the Manitoba Developmental Centre based on age and disability.

In November 2009 the Commission affirmed that these organizations failed to provide a coordinated effort to plan for the transitions of MDC residents to the community and create community placement resource.

In January of 2021 the government of Manitoba announced their 3-year transition plan for the closure of the Manitoba Developmental Centre. With a closure date of March 31, 2024.

In December of 2023 the government of Manitoba announced that the transition process would need to continue past the designated date of March 31, 2024, with an extension to the Fall of 2024. Community stakeholders and government are working together to transition all existing residents of the centre into homes in the community. 

Community Living Disability Services Transition Into The Community Sector Updates (PDFs)

Manitoba Developmental Centre Class Action Lawsuit

In October 2018, David Weremy of Winnipeg, Manitoba sought out legal counsel with the goal to start a class action lawsuit against the Government of Manitoba in regards to the Manitoba Developmental Centre and the abuse he and many others said to have endured in their time spent living there. MDC has been the residence for Manitobans labelled with an intellectual disability for over a century. Members of the class action suit say they were physically, sexually, and psychologically abused at MDC and that the Province of Manitoba had a responsibility to its residents, but failed to care for and protect the residents. This failure resulted in loss or injury, including psychological trauma, pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.


The Court has now approved the Settlement. If you or someone you know was a resident at MDC, they may be eligible now to make a claim for compensation.

You can find more information about the MDC settlement at


The Settlement is for “all persons who resided at MDC between July 1, 1951, and May 29, 2020, and were alive as of October 31, 2016″.

Making a Claim

If you are wanting to submit a claim for compensation in the MDC Settlement, you will need to complete a claim form.

The claim forms can be found at:

To claim compensation in the Settlement, you must submit your claim by June 27, 2024.


If you have questions about the class action lawsuit, you can contact the Claims Administrator at 1-844-306-0263 or


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