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Financial Benefits Program

The financial benefits program recognizes or acknowledges victims who were injured as a direct result of a violent crime in Alberta.  It provides direct assistance with a one-time financial benefit based on the severity of the victim's injuries.  The benefit amount is set in the regulation to the Act.

Victims of Crime Act

Alberta's Victims of Crime Act created the Victims of Crime Fund and introduced the financial benefits program in 1997.  The fund is fully supported by surcharges on provincial offence fines and surcharges imposed by the courts under the Criminal Code of Canada.  This fund financially supports the The financial benefits program as well as other victim programs and services.  The Victims of Crime Fund is administered by the Public Security Division within Alberta Solicitor General.

Are costs and losses paid?

No.  The financial benefits program does not pay compensation for costs or losses.  For example, it does not cover property damage, medical expenses, funeral costs, loss of wages or pain and suffering.  Victims may seek restitution or take civil action for the recovery of costs or losses from the offender.

For further information about financial benefits please contact the coordinator for the division in which the crime occurred.