In Canada, financial compensation for victims of violent or personal crimes is administered by the provinces, according to their own rules and standards. This overview provides information generally applicable to all provincial programs; however, some programs may offer more services and benefits than those listed here. For information concerning specific provincial programs, contact information for each is provided below.
Report to police. Generally within 1 year (2 years for some provinces), but exceptions are made.
Filing period. Generally within 1 year from the date of the crime (2 years for some provinces), but exceptions are made.
Foreign citizen eligibility. Citizens of foreign countries are eligible to apply for compensation.
A claimant may obtain an application by contacting the program within the province where the crime occurred. The application should be sent directly to the program office. Decisions are generally made between 1 and 5 years after an application is made. Once a decision is made, compensation will be paid to the claimant in approximately 4 weeks.
Benefits and Award Limits
The maximum award benefits range between Can$5,000 and Can$25,000.
Emergency awards. Expedited compensation is offered for aged or terminally ill victims.
Funding sources. Each of the provincial programs is funded through either consolidated revenue of the province, surcharge revenue, general tax revenue, or a combination of these.
Contact Information (by Province and Territory)
Alberta does not offer victim compensation, but financial benefits and assistance for victims are available.
Alberta Solicitor General Victims Programs, 10th
The Crime Victim Assistance Program
Manitoba Compensation for Victims of Crime
Victim Services Program, Department of Solicitor
General, 4th Floor
Newfoundland does not offer compensation, but victim assistance is available.
Victim Services (Provincial Office), 315 Duckworth
The Northwest Territories government does not offer compensation, but victim assistance is available.
Victim Services Unit, 5151 Terminal Road,
P.O. Box 7, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L6
Ontario Criminal Injuries Compensation Board,
439 University Avenue, 4th Floor,
Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island does not offer compensation, but victim assistance is available.
Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail.
Direction l'indemnisation des victimes d'actes criminels
Saskatchewan Justice Victims Services, 6th Floor,
1874 Scarth Street, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
The Yukon Territories government does not offer compensation, but victim assistance is available.
Victim Services and Family Violence Prevention
Unit, J-7, Department of Justice, Government of