Federal Income Support for Parents of Murdered or Missing Children grant – Eligibility

2. Eligibility

To receive income support, you and the incident must meet the following eligibility criteria.

1) Applicant eligibility

To be eligible, you must:

  • be legally responsible for the child or children involved in the incident;
  • have earned at least $6,500 in the previous calendar year, or in the 52 weeks prior to the incident;
  • be on leave from employment as a result of the incident (or, if you were already on leave from employment at the time of the incident, be unable to return to work);
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number; and
  • not be receiving any type of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits or Quebec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) benefits.
  • not have been charged with committing a probable Criminal Code offence that led to the death or disappearance of the child.

2) Incident eligibility

The incident must meet the following criteria:

  • The child is deceased or missing as a result of a probable Criminal Code offence that occurred in Canada;
  • The child was under 18 at the time of the incident;
  • In the case of a missing child, the child has been missing for over a 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.

Receiving your payments

If you are eligible, you will receive $350 per week before tax, every two weeks. Income tax will be deducted from the payments. You could receive up to 35 weeks of income support during the 52 weeks immediately following the incident. You will receive a statement of income (T4A) slip for income tax purposes at the end of the year (Quebec residents will receive an RL-1 slip). If you include your banking information on your application, you will receive payments faster through direct deposit at your bank. If you do not provide the information for direct deposit, Service Canada will mail a cheque to the address you gave on your application form.

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 this 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). You cannot receive the income support grant for the same weeks you are receiving these other benefits, but you may be entitled to receive it after your EI or QPIP benefits end.

If more than one person applies

If more than one parent or guardian applies and is eligible for income support, the maximum 35 weeks available will be shared between the applicants. In this case, each eligible applicant will receive income support for fewer weeks, up to a total maximum of 35 weeks for both applicants together. Service Canada will advise you in writing if your payment will change because of another eligible applicant.

Each applicant must complete a separate PMMC Application Form and submit their own PMMC Employment and Incident Report Forms.

Applicants should indicate on their PMMC Application Form how many weeks of payment they wish to receive. If applicants do not tell Service Canada how many weeks of payment they wish to receive, or if they do not agree on how to share weeks, Service Canada will divide the weeks as follows:

  • If more than 18 weeks have been paid to the first recipient, the remaining weeks will be paid to the second recipient, or divided amongst later recipients. The first recipient will stop receiving grant payments.
  • If fewer than 18 weeks have been paid to the first recipient, the first recipient will continue to receive grant payments to week 18. The remaining 17 weeks will be paid to the second recipient, or be divided amongst later recipients.
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