Canadian Benefit for Parents of Young Victims of Crime

What these benefits offer

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

The death or disappearance of a child is devastating and can leave parents unable to work. If you are a parent or legal guardian who consider to/or have taken time away from work and suffered a loss of income to cope with the death or disappearance of your child or children, you may be eligible for federal income support.

The benefit provides eligible parents with payments of $500 per week, paid every 2 weeks, for a maximum of 35 weeks over a period of 3 years.

You can decide to stop receiving the benefit at any time and restart receipt of the benefit at a later date within the 3 years following the incident.

You can share the weeks with other eligible recipients.

Updates to benefit criteria

Please note, as of April 2nd 2023, the following enhancements have taken effect:

  • the weekly benefit amount was increased from $450 to $500
  • the period in which recipients can receive the benefit was extended from 2 years to 3 years
  • the earnings threshold is being lowered from $6,500 to $5,000
  • the criteria “a willing party to the crime” is being eliminated for children 14 years of age and older

Information for employers

To apply for the benefit, applicants must submit an employment form completed and signed by their recent employers. As the applicant's employer, it is your responsibility to complete this form to confirm that your employee has stopped working full-time and that their earnings were at least $5,000 in the previous calendar year, or in the 52 weeks before the incident.

For details on the information you must provide, please consult: Learn more about the Canadian Benefit for Parents of Victims of Crime program

Information for law enforcement agencies

To apply for the benefit, applicants must submit an incident report form. The Law Enforcement Agency where the incident was reported must complete this form on behalf of the applicant.

Alternate format

Contact us

Call us

When you call, you can:

  • request information about the benefit
  • have the paper forms mailed to you, or request the forms in other formats
  • get help completing the forms
  • check the status of your application
  • report changes to your information

Hours: 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, your local time.

Toll Free: 1-800-622-6232
TTY: 1-800-926-9105

Write to us

Canadian Benefit for Parents of Young Victims of Crime
Processing Centre
PO Box 8232 STN T
Ottawa ON  K1G 3H7

Visit us

At a Service Canada Centre, you can:

  • use a computer to apply online for the grant
  • submit your supporting documents
  • get information about the grant

Find a Service Canada office near you

Related link

Department of Justice Victim Services Directory

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