Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) processes applications for the Common Experience Payment (CEP) Reconsideration Process.
The reconsideration process is the next step for those not satisfied with their original CEP decision. In this process, AANDC researchers review the original decision and examine any new information (applicants do not need to provide any information for Reconsideration but any information that can help prove residency is welcome). If needed, the CEP Response Centre may contact applicants for more information or to clarify any questions identified by the researchers.
To be eligible for reconsideration, the former student for whom the application is made must:
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your CEP decision, and you have not already applied for the Reconsideration Process, you have six months from the date noted at the top of your CEP decision letter or from the date the NAC letter is issued, whichever is later, to apply for the Reconsideration Process.
If you do not apply for the Reconsideration Process, you will not be able to appeal your assessment any further.
A request for reconsideration of your original application can be made in several ways. You can request it over the telephone or send a Reconsideration request form through email, fax or mail to the following:
Common Experience Payment Response Centre
P.O. Box 5260
Nepean LCD Merivale
Ottawa, ON K2C 3H5
It is important to note that applicants do not need to find their records or provide additional information in order to have their file reconsidered. However, we encourage applicants to provide any information they may have that might help researchers to confirm residence and years of residence.
Our objective is to ensure that all eligible former Indian Residential School students are compensated according to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.
The majority of reconsideration requests will be processed within 90 days from the request. Some requests will be extremely complex and may take up to 160 days to process.
After reconsideration, if the applicant still disagrees with the decision that has been made, they have the right to request an appeal to the NAC. Additional details on the Appeal Process will be provided in writing with the reconsideration letter. Applicants will not be able to appeal to the NAC until they have gone through the Reconsideration Process.