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Criminal Injuries Compensation

If you have been the victim of a violent crime or you are the family member of a deceased victim of a violent crime then you may be entitled to monetary compensation.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board is an administrative tribunal governed by the Compensation for Victims of Crime Act. The Board assesses financial compensation to individuals who are either victims or family members of deceased victims of violent crimes that occur in Ontario.

Who is Eligible?

  • anyone injured in a violent crime (murder, attempted murder, firearm offences, arson, assault, sexual assault etc.) or anyone who tries to prevent a crime from happening and is injured
  • someone who suffers from a physical or psychological injury
  • a witness to a crime that caused mental or nervous shock
  • family members of a deceased victim that was dependant on that person for support

What Types of Compensation Can You Get?

The type of compensation will depend on whether the incident results in injury or death but can include the following:

  • treatment expenses (i.e. hospital or ambulance charges)
  • travel expenses to treatments
  • loss of income or financial support
  • pain and suffering
  • funeral and burial expenses
  • bereavement counselling
  • other costs

What's the Amount of Compensation That Can Be Awarded?

The maximum award provided if one person is injured or killed is $25,000 as a lump sum.

The maximum award provided if more than one person has been injured or killed is $150,000 as a lump sum

It is possible to receive ongoing monthly periodic awards in certain cases (i.e. ongoing financial loss, lost income, child care expenses). The maximum amount provided on a periodic award is $1,000 per month and do not exceed $365,000. When a periodic award is made, the amount of the lump sum cannot be more than $12,500. Periodic awards are reviewed annually to determine the necessity of the funds.

Retaining Us

If you or anyone you know has been injured as a result of a violent crime, you may be entitled to compensation.

When you are ready to meet with one of our lawyers for a free, no-pressure consultation to find out if you are eligible for compensation, please contact us.

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