The Alberta Victims of Crime Financial Benefits Program recognizes or acknowledges victims who are injured as a direct result of serious and violent crime in Alberta. The program provides direct assistance with a one-time financial benefit-based on the severity of the victim’s injuries.
Three types of financial benefits are available to victims of crime:
Injury Benefit – victim is injured as a result of serious and violent crime in Alberta.
Death Benefit – available to people who paid the funeral costs of a victim who died as a result of a violent crime in Alberta. Maximum benefit amount = $12,500.00
Witness to Homicide Benefit – A new benefit for individuals psychologically injured as a result of witnessing a crime that resulted in death. Available to an individual who witnessed the death or were present in the immediate aftermath and where there was a pre-existing strong emotional attachment to the deceased. Maximum benefit = $5,000.00
The Financial Benefits Program does not pay for all costs or losses. For example, it does not cover property damage, medical expenses, loss of wages or pain and suffering. Victims may submit a Statement on Restitution for the recovery of these costs or losses from the offender.
For further information about the Financial Benefits Program, please contact the victim services office for the division in which the crime occurred.