To be eligible to receive the Federal Income Support for Parents of Murdered or Missing Children (PMMC) grant, you must meet both the applicant and incident eligibility criteria.
Applicant eligibility criteria
To be eligible for payment under the PMMC grant you must:
- be legally responsible for the child Footnote 1 or children involved in the incident;
- have recent labour force attachment Footnote 2 having earned at least $6,500 in the previous calendar year or in the 52 weeks immediately prior to the incident Footnote 3
- be on leave from all employment as a result of the incident, or if already on leave from employment at the time of the incident, be unable to return to work
- have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN)
- have not been charged with committing a probable Criminal Code offence that led to the death or disappearance of the child; and
- not currently be receiving any type of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits or Québec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) benefits
Incident eligibility criteria
The PMMC grant is payable if the incident meets the following criteria:
- the child must be deceased or missing as a result of a probable Criminal Code offence;
- the child must be under 18 at the time of the incident;
- the incident Footnote 3 must have occurred in Canada on or after January 1, 2013;
- in the case of a missing child, the child must have been missing for over one week; and
- in the case of a deceased child, it is not probable that the child was a willing party to the crime that led to his or her death
In addition to the foregoing, you must attest that:
- to the best of your knowledge, your child is missing or deceased as a result of a probable Criminal Code offence and you were not a willing party to the Criminal Code offence that led to the child’s death or disappearance;
- to the best of your knowledge, your child was not a willing party to the Criminal Code offence that led to his or her death (where the child is deceased);
- you have completely stopped working from all employment; and
- you have declared any EI or QPIP benefits for which you are currently eligible for or have received since the incident.
Are you receiving Employment Insurance or Quebec Parental Insurance Plan benefits?
If you are currently receiving any type of Employment Insurance (EI) or Quebec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) benefits, or if you have received these benefits since the incident occurred, indicate it on your PMMC Application Form. If you start receiving EI or QPIP benefits after you send your application, you must notify Service Canada by calling 1 800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232) (TTY: 1 800-926-9105). While you cannot receive the PMMC income support grant for the same weeks you are receiving these other benefits, you may be entitled to receive the PMMC income support grant once your EI or QPIP benefits end.
- Footnote 1
Child: Means a person who is under the age of 18 at the time of the incident.
- Footnote 2
Labour Force Attachment: In order to be eligible for the PMMC grant, applicants must prove that they meet minimum requirements for recent labour force attachment. Labour Force Attachment is measured in earnings (from either employment or self-employment). Applicants must have $6,500 in earnings in either the 52 week period immediately preceding the incident or the calendar year immediately preceding the date of the incident.
- Footnote 3
Incident: The death or disappearance of a child or children as a result of a probable Criminal Code offence.
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