More women have come forward after Mounties issued a historic apology earlier this month for harassment, discrimination and sexual abuse against female members in the force.
The apology came with a compensation settlement from the federal government.
Since then another 200 women have come forward with complaints on top of the original 500.
“It’s not outside what we expected. Our expectation was that the number of 500 would double to about 1000 or so by the time the process is finished,” says David Klein, the lawyer representing the women.
He says women are coming forward from across Canada
“About 1/3 of the RCMP’s force is in B.C so we see a large number coming forward from the province, but it is across the country.”
The agreement still needs to be approved in federal court, but Klein says he doesn’t expected to see that happen until March next year.
If approved by the court, complainants will have six months to come forward.
The agreement deals with two class action cases dating back five years.
The government set aside $100 million in anticipation of the process.