With the rise in online crowdfunding on sites such as GoFundMe and Kickstarter, a new law in Saskatchewan that regulates payouts was tested in the courts for the first time Wednesday.
Justice Neil Gabrielson of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench granted the order to set in motion the court-supervised disbursement of the money raised by the Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund, which brought in donations from all over the world.
The funds were raised for those affected by the Humboldt Broncos bus accident. In April, in the immediate aftermath of the crash, more than $15 million was raised for the survivors and families in just 12 days. The accident killed 16 junior hockey players and training staff, with another 13 surviving.