Restitution is available for victims to help them claim their financial losses from an offender as a result of a crime. Restitution may also be sought from young offenders, however limitations apply.
A judge can order restitution for financial losses related to:
- Damaged or lost property due to the crime.
- Physical injury or psychological harm due to the crime.
- Physical injury due to the arrest or attempted arrest of the offender.
- Costs for temporary housing, food, childcare and transportation due to moving out of the offender’s household (this only applies if a victim has moved because they had been physically harmed or threatened with physical harm due to the offence, arrest, or attempted arrest of the offender).
- Costs that victims of identity theft had to pay to re-establish their identity, and to correct their credit history and their credit rating.
- Costs to remove a photograph from a website or digital storage.
The amounts claimed must be easy to calculate and based on records of actual financial loss. Submitting a Statement on Restitution for financial losses involves submitting receipts showing the costs of repairing or replacing property affected as a result of the crime, or for out-of-pocket expenses such as medical treatment, prescriptions, or counselling that the victim paid for. Restitution claims can also be based on quotes provided for potential repair. The amount can only include losses up to the date that the offender is sentenced (future losses cannot be included).
To obtain a Restitution application, please contact Victim Services or visit Alberta Victim Services to download the forms directly.
If you have been the victim of a crime and would like support, please contact us by email or call 780-421-2217.