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Financial Benefits Program

Victims of Crime Assistance Program

While the Financial Benefits Program was discontinued as of June 26th, 2020; Victims of Crime can still seek out financial assistance from the Government of Alberta. All Victims of Crime can apply for financial assistance for:

Emergency Assistance Benefits

  • Emergency safety and security assistance – financial assistance following a violent crime to assist with safety and security-related losses and damages. Emergency crime victim assistance form
  • Counselling – immediate access to short-term supports to assist in dealing with the psychological impacts related to specified Criminal Code offences. Victims of crime counselling form 
  • Court attendance expenses – reimbursement for expenses related to court attendance for specified events, such as sentencing or providing a victim impact statement. Court attendance expense reimbursement form


Eligibility

You may be eligible for emergency assistance if:

  • You were the victim of a serious eligible offence.
  • The crime happened in Alberta – you don't need to live here to be eligible.
  • You reported the crime to police within a reasonable period of time.
  • Your application is received within 45 days of the date of the crime – in special circumstances this may be extended.


Serious Injury Benefits

Victims of crime can receive monetary benefits for serious injuries or death directly suffered from the crime.

  • Serious Injury Benefit – whereas an outcome of the offence, a victim suffers a serious injury that results in immediate and ongoing loss of function or significant impairment requiring long-term reliance on others for daily living activities. Injury Benefit Application form *Currently the Victims of Crime Assistance Program is not accepting Injury Benefit applications unless the victim is suffering from a brain injury.
  • Death Benefit – reimbursement of funeral costs for victims who died as a result of violent crime. Death Benefit Application form


Eligibility

You may be eligible for serious injury benefits if:

  • You were the victim of one of the eligible offences listed in the Victims of Crime and Public Safety Regulation (schedule 1).
  • The crime happened in Alberta – you do not need to live here to be eligible.
  • You reported the crime to police within a reasonable period of time.
  • Your injuries require you to need assistance performing daily functions.
  • You co-operated with the investigation into the crime.
  • Your application is received within 2 years of the date of the crime – in special circumstances this may be extended.

Your criminal record and any action on your part that may have contributed to your injuries are also considered.

If you have questions about eligibility, please contact the Victims of Crime Assistance Program at:

Email: victimsofcrime@gov.ab.ca

Mail:
Victims of Crime Assistance Program
10th Floor, 10365 97 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3W7

Or contact Crime and Trauma-Informed Support Services at 780-421-2217 or via email.