Canadian Benefit for Parents of Young Victims of Crime – Eligibility

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

To receive income support, you (as the applicant) and the incident must meet the following eligibility criteria.

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 or only working up to 50 percent of your regular work week, up to a maximum of 20 hours per week
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number
  • not be receiving any type of Employment Insurance benefits or Quebec Parental Insurance Plan benefits and
  • not have been charged with committing a probable Criminal Code offence that led to the death or disappearance of the child

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 on or after September 30, 2018
  • the child was under 25 years of age 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, where the child is 14 years of age and older, the child must not have been a willing party to the crime that led to their death

Receiving your payments

If you are eligible, you will receive $450 per week before tax, every 2 weeks. Income tax will be deducted from the payments. You could receive up to 35 weeks of income support during the 104 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 also receive an RL-1 slip). If you include your banking information on your application, you will receive your 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 mailing address you provide 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 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 Canadian Benefit for Parents of Young Victims of Crime for the same weeks you are receiving EI or QPIP benefits.

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