Who Do I Contact? / Requests for Information
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Do you have information about the use of herbicides at CFB Gagetown?
If you do, the Government of Canada encourages you to share that information and discuss your experience by participating in its Fact Finding Initiative.
The Government of Canada does not consider any information about the use of herbicides (including Agent Orange) at CFB Gagetown to be secret. Disclosure of this information will not be considered a breach of the Security of Information Act (formerly known as Official Secrets Act) or of any other obligation of confidentiality.
If you wish, the information you provide will be kept confidential (unless a court orders otherwise).
The information you provide will not jeopardize your:
- Canada pension plan;
- VAC disability pension; or
- Canadian Forces pension plan
Former Canadian Forces members, DND employees and civilian contractors should follow the steps outlined below if they feel they have suffered health problems stemming from exposure to Agent Orange:
Former and Current CF Members
Veterans Affairs Canada's mandate is to provide disability pension and health care services to Canadian Forces veterans who suffer a service-related illness or disability.
Former and still-serving Canadian Forces members who think they have a service-related illness are encouraged to contact Veterans Affairs Canada.
The Veterans Affairs Canada national referral numbers are 1-866-522-2122 (English) and 1-866-522-2022 (French). Information is also available on their website at http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/.
Inquiries can also be made to the Centre for the Support of Injured and Retired Members and Their Families (The Centre) at 1-800-883-6094 or by visiting the Centre's website at www.forces.gc.ca/centre.
Former and Current Employees of the Department of National Defence
Current and former employees of National Defence who feel they may suffer from an occupational illness as a result of exposure to Agent Orange during the course of their employment may submit the details of their claim to the DND Civilian Human Resources Office in Gagetown. Current employees should submit their claims through their normal local management contacts to ensure that their claims are processed in the most efficient manner possible. Former employees should submit the details of their claim to:
Civilian Human Resources Office Atlantic Civilian Human Resources Service Centre Compensation Administrator CFB/ASU Gagetown P.O. Box 17000 Station Forces Oromocto, New Brunswick E2V 4J5
Instructions on the completion of claims and the forms can be found at the following website: http://www.whscc.nb.ca/forms_e.asp#frmwrk.
Former and Current Federal Government Employees
The Government Employees Compensation Act (GECA) provides compensation benefits to the employees of federal departments, agencies and Crown corporations for injuries and illnesses arising from their employment. It covers approximately 400,000 employees across Canada. Information on the GECA can be found on the Federal Workers' Compensation Service website at http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/asp/gateway.asp?hr=en/lp/lo/fwcs/geca.shtml&hs=fxf.
The Minister of Labour and Housing has agreements with the ten provincial workers' compensation boards to adjudicate claims under GECA. Federal employees receive benefits based on the rates and conditions of the province where they are usually employed.
Compensation claims for employees working in New Brunswick should be forwarded to the Regional Injury Compensation Unit, Human Resources Skills Development Canada, in Moncton, New Brunswick, for transmission to the New Brunswick Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission.
Their mailing address is:
1045 Main Street Moncton, New Brunswick E1C 9G8
Former and Current Civilian Contractor Employees
The Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission of New Brunswick provides accident prevention services, occupational health and safety assistance and cost-effective disability and liability insurance to workers and employers in New Brunswick. It also administers pension benefits related to workplace accidents and workplace related illnesses.
Former and current employees of civilian contractors who believe that they may have been exposed to Agent Orange and Agent Purple during the 1966 and 1967 testing conducted at CFB Gagetown can apply for compensation to the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission of New Brunswick.
Queries should be referred to Mr. Omer Robichaud at (506) 738-4150.
Information can also be found on the New Brunswick Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission website at http://www.whscc.nb.ca.
Based on the information we have to date, it is unlikely that civilians outside the base were exposed to Agents Orange or Purple as a result of this testing. Nevertheless, we understand and acknowledge the concerns expressed by some individuals. We take such concerns very seriously. DND will continue to work with key departments to research this issue and to communicate the information to concerned citizens in a timely fashion.
If there is evidence that civilians were exposed to Agents Orange and/or Purple during the testing in 1966 and 1967, the Government of Canada will deal with the issue.
The Government of Canada has also established a toll-free number to assist people with general inquiries related to this matter. The number is 1-866-558-2945 and it is operated from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EST) daily, Monday to Friday.