Compensation announced for 1974 cadet accident

June 14, 2017 by Legion Magazine

The federal government is providing compensation and health-care support for cadet victims of a grenade accident 43 years ago.

“This is a good day for the survivors,” said Gerry Fostaty, who worked for years for compensation for the accident, in which a cadet pulled the pin on a live grenade at CFB Valcartier cadet camp in Quebec.

Six cadets died and 65 were injured. A military ombudsman’s investigation concluded they had been treated callously during the investigation and unfairly afterward.

About 155 individuals are eligible for a $42,000 benevolent payment. In addition, those with physical and mental injuries are eligible for up to $310,000. Estates of the six cadets killed are eligible for an additional $58,000.

As well, the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces will pay related health-care costs not funded by provincial health-care systems.     

“These former cadets were under our care…and some have struggled—and continue to struggle to this day—with the long-term effects of the trauma they experienced and the actions taken by the military,” said Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan.

Further information is available online at or by calling 844-800-8566.

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