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Helping Families Of Victims

McGuinty Government Creating New Assistance Program

Ministry of the Attorney General

The families of homicide victims will soon have access to additional assistance to help ease their financial burden during a time of terrible loss.

The Financial Assistance for Families of Homicide Victims program will provide assistance to eligible parents and spouses of victims of homicide that occurred in or after 2006.

This new initiative is part of ongoing improvements to strengthen existing programs and services that are currently being offered across Ontario.

Quick Facts

  • This is a time-limited initiative to close a gap in the current compensation framework while a review of the Compensation for Victims of Crime Act is conducted.
  • Family members who have previously applied to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board may be considered for financial assistance under the new program.
  • The program will provide up to $10,000 to eligible families who have suffered the loss of a loved one.
  • The McGuinty Government announced the Vulnerable Victims and Family Fund earlier this week, which is a new program designed to help victims of crime and families of homicide victims receive the help they need to participate more fully in the criminal court process.
  • The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board offers extensive benefits to minor children of victims of homicide, including compensation for loss of financial support and bereavement counselling.
  • Learn more about the Financial Assistance for Families of Homicide Victims program by calling: 416-325-3265 or 1-800-518-7901.

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“No amount of money can ever make up for the loss of a loved one. But we hope that this program will help to ease some of the burden experienced by families during these difficult and emotional times.”

Chris Bentley

Attorney General

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