Canadian Benefit for Parents of Young Victims of Crime – Overview
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The death or disappearance of a child is devastating and can leave parents unable to work. Parents or legal guardians who have taken time away from work and suffered a loss of income to cope with the death or disappearance of their child or children may be eligible for federal income support of $450 per week.
The benefit provides eligible parents with payments of $450 per week, paid every 2 weeks, for a maximum of 35 weeks over a period of 2 years (the Income Support Period). Recipients can decide to stop receiving the benefit at any time and restart receipt at a later date within the 2-year period.
Information for applicants
If you are the parent of a deceased or missing child and are thinking of applying for the benefit, consult the Application Page.
Information for employers
To apply for the benefit, applicants need to submit an Employment Form. As the applicant's employer, it is your responsibility to fill out this form to confirm that your employee has stopped working full-time and that their earnings were at least $6,500 in the previous calendar year, or in the 52 weeks prior to the incident. To find out more, consult the page for employers.
Information for law enforcement agencies
To apply for the benefit, applicants need to submit an Incident Report Form. The Law Enforcement Agency where the incident was reported must complete this form on behalf of the applicant. To find out more, consult the page for Law Enforcement Agencies.
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