If you received a Common Experience Payment (CEP), you could get $3,000 in Personal Credits for educational programs and services.
The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement stipulates that once all Common Experience Payments (CEP) have been made, if more than $40 million remains in the Trust Fund, the funds are to be made available to CEP Recipients, upon application, in the form of non-cash Personal Credits of up to $3,000 each for educational purposes.
CEP Recipients will be able to choose to transfer their Personal Credits to certain Family Members as defined in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement and the Terms and Conditions;
Terms and Conditions for Personal Credits have been developed by Canada and the Assembly of First Nations and by Canada and Inuit Representatives to determine which Education Entities and Groups and which Educational Programs and Services are eligible;
Once the Personal Credits have been distributed, any amount remaining in the Trust Fund on January 1, 2015 is to be paid to the National Indian Brotherhood Trust Fund and the Inuvialuit Education Foundation to be used for educational programs.
Deadline to submit your Personal Credits Acknowledgement Form: postmarked by October 31, 2014.
Deadline for Education Entity or Group to submit Personal Credits Redemption Form: postmarked by December 1, 2014.
All inactive files will be closed on December 1, 2014.
The educational service to which Personal Credits are being applied must be completed by April 30, 2015.
Please note that for privacy reasons only CEP Recipients may request a form be sent to them. CEP Recipients may request forms via phone to the Personal Credits Information Line, by email, fax or mail.
To contact the Personal Credits Information Line, please call 1-866-343-1858. We would suggest that if the CEP Recipient is having trouble getting through to the Information Line, to try off-peak times, such as in the early morning or in the evening. The help desk is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern time.
In regard to e-mail requests, the request must originate from the CEP Recipient. We recognize that not all CEP Recipients have a personal e-mail address. In this instance, a signed, scanned letter from the CEP Recipient sent from a non-personal or third party e-mail address would be accepted and a form would be issued. I have attached a letter you can sign and fill out. If you attach this letter in your next request, we can have the forms sent out to you.
In January 2014, a Personal Credits Acknowledgement Form was mailed to each CEP Recipient who has received a CEP payment. The Acknowledgment Form must be completed and returned to the Personal Credits Administrator postmarked no later than October 31, 2014.
If you did not receive your Acknowledgement Form by February 1st, 2014, please call the Personal Credits Help Desk at 1-866-343-1858 or 1-877-627-7027 (TTY).
You will receive a letter by mail once your Acknowledgement Form is received to let you know that we received it. If we have any questions about your Acknowledgement Form we will contact you by telephone and/or mail so it is important to keep us informed of any changes to your address or telephone numbers. You can contact us:
By Phone: 1-866-343-1858 or 1-877-627-7027 (TTY)
By Mail: Personal Credits Administrator
Suite 3 – 505, 133 Weber St N Waterloo, ON N2J 3G9
By Fax: 1-888-842-1332
By Email: IRSPersonalCredits@crawco.ca
Incomplete information may lead to delays or denial of your request for Personal Credits.
You will receive another letter by mail once your Acknowledgement Form has been reviewed. If your Acknowledgement Form is approved, the letter will include a Personal Credits Redemption Form that you, and/or your Family Member(s), will need to provide to the Education Entity and/or Group. The Education Entity and/or Group will then need to fill out the Personal Credits Redemption Form and send it to us in order for the Education Entity and/or Group to receive the value of your Personal Credits.
Click the button below to download the Request for Acknowledgement form:by