Assessment & Claims

If you are a community member of either Wabaseemoong Independent Nations or Grassy Narrows First Nation or a registered Indian who was customarily resident on one of the two affiliated reserves before the first day of October 1985 and believe that you may be affected by mercury contamination from the English and Wabigoon river systems, you may be eligible for an award.

Assessment process for

Children & Youth

Pediatric & Youth Assessments affect those ages 6 months to 15 years. On your 16th birthday you can apply as an Adult under the Adult Assessment process.

Three assessments make up the assessment process for youth:

  1. Overall Health

    A Nurse Practitioner will meet with you and the youth to review their past medical history, current health, health concerns, to perform a general health examination and to complete a health questionnaire.

  2. Neurological

    A Neurologist will check the youth for their movements and coordination of movements, strength, their speech, their reflexes and how they react to touch sensation.

  3. Neuropsychologic / Behavioural

    A Psychometrist or Psychologist will meet with the youth to assess how mercury may have affected their brain, such as their understanding, memory, focus, how they see images, their ability to move objects, how quickly they can react, language and behaviour.

Point Scoring

Point scores are determined from each assessment attended.

Those point scores are added together to determine a final point score.

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The minimum point score to receive benefits is 6 points and maximum benefit entitlement score is 12 points for youth.

Reassessment

If the youth has not reached the maximum benefit entitlement score you can submit an Assessment Request Form on behalf of the youth to begin the assessment process again.

Approved for Benefits

If the youth is approved for benefits, as youth are minors, benefits are held in trust for them until they turn 18 years of age. Information on the trustee and how to contact them will be provided in the outcome letter.

Assessment Outcome

You will be sent a letter with the youth’s final score and outcome once the assessment process has been completed. The letter will contain detailed information as to how the final point score was determined and all other related information.
Assessment process for

Adults

Three assessments make up STAGE 1 of tests:

  1. Overall Health

    A Nurse Practitioner will meet with you to review your past medical history, your current health, your health concerns, to perform a general health examination and to complete a health questionnaire.
  2. Neurological

    A Neurologist will check you for any tremors, your movements and coordination of movements, your speech, your reflexes and how you react to touch sensation.
  3. Visual Field

    An Optometry Technician or Optometrist will check for any decrease in the area that you can see objects when you are looking straight ahead.

Point Scoring

Point scores are determined from each assessment attended.

Your point scores from STAGE 1 are added together to determine a total point score.

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The minimum point score to receive benefits is 6 points and maximum benefit entitlement score is 16 points.

If you have not reached the point score for maximum benefits you will go
on to the STAGE 2 of assessment for a fourth test.

There is one assessment for the STAGE 2 test:

  1. Neuropsychologic / Neuropsychiatric

    A Psychometrist or Psychologist will meet with you to assess how mercury may have affected your brain, such as your understanding, memory, focus, how you see images, your ability to move objects, how quickly you react and language.

If you have reached the point score for maximum benefits you are finished with the assessment process.

Reassessment

If you have not reached the maximum benefit entitlement score you can submit an Assessment Request Form to begin the assessment process again.

Approved for Benefits

If you are approved for benefits, information on payment dates and any retro amounts owing will be included in your outcome letter. Benefit payments are made by cheque or direct deposit.

Assessment Outcome

You will be sent a letter with your final score and outcome once the assessment process has been completed. The letter will contain detailed information as to how your final point score was determined and all other related information.
Grassy Narrows & Islington Bands Mercury Disability Board

Assessment Request Form

Please fill out the following form to begin your assessment process. Alternatively, a printable PDF form for the new reformed Assessment process application form can be downloaded here.

Compensation Entitlement 2022-2023

Adult PointsChild/Youth Points
1-15 years old inclusive
Indexed Monthly Benefit
Starting April 1, 2022
6 $584
7 $702
8 $817
96$935
107$1,051
118$1,168
129$1,284
1310$1,403
1411$1,518
1512+$1,635
16+ $1,869

Maximum benefits are calculated at 16 points for adults, and 12 points for youth/children.

Monthly benefits amounts are indexed to inflation on April 1st of each year according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) of Canada, resulting in a slight increase of pay amount.

Compensation payments are made on the 15th of each month.