Brochure: Financial Assistance for Victims of Crime

About the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board

Since 1971, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) has provided financial compensation for those who qualify under the Compensation for Victims of Crime Act (CVCA). Compensation can play a vital role in a victim's financial, physical and emotional recovery.

Compensation may be awarded even if no charges were laid or if there was no conviction in a criminal proceeding.

Who is eligible for compensation?

Anyone injured as a result of violent crime in Ontario can apply.

Violent crimes may include attempted murder, firearm offences, poisoning, arson and other offences such as assault, sexual assault, domestic assault, child physical assault, and child sexual abuse.

Can anyone else apply?

Types of Compensation Available

The CICB may award compensation for:

Types of Awards

Lump Sum Award: Up to $25,000 depending on the injury

Periodic/Monthly Award: Up to $1,000 per month to a maximum of $365,000

Interim Award: Section 14 of the CVCA allows the CICB to consider an award for expenses before a hearing is held

Urgent Financial Assistance

If you need immediate financial or other assistance, call the Victim Support Line toll-free at 1-888-579-2888 or 416-314-2447 in the GTA to find out about other services available in your community. The Victim Quick Response Program is one example.

How do I apply for compensation?

You can download an application form from our website: You can email, fax or mail your completed application to the CICB.

You must apply for compensation within 2 years of when the violent crime took place, unless you were a victim of domestic or sexual violence or under the age of 20.

The CICB can extend the time for filing where it is warranted but you will have to request an extension and explain your reason(s) for the delay in applying.

Do I need a lawyer?

You do not need a lawyer, agent or paralegal, but you may choose to have one.

What happens after I apply?

After we receive your application, we will:

We will also contact you if you are not eligible for compensation under the CVCA.

Types of Hearings

When the file is substantially complete, we will schedule a written, oral or electronic hearing.

What are my responsibilities?

The faster we get the key information to complete your application the faster a hearing can be scheduled. It is your responsibility to:

What does the CICB consider?

In assessing a claim, the CICB considers:

If you are successful in a civil action, you must reimburse the CICB for any compensation received.

CICB Decisions

Some cases take longer than others to decide. For example, because of the complexity of issues related to the crime and/or issues resulting from the police investigation or criminal trial.

Following the hearing, you will receive notice of the adjudicator(s)' decision. If compensation is awarded, a cheque will be sent to you. If compensation is denied, reasons may be provided.

Other Assistance

The Financial Assistance for Families of Homicide Victims program provides up to $10,000 in total for eligible parents and spouses who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Contact Ministry of the Attorney General staff to learn more: 416-212-9164 (from the Greater Toronto Area) or toll-free at 1-855-467-4344.

Contact the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board

Toronto area: 416-326-2900
Toll free: 1-800-372-7463
Fax: 416-326-2883

Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
655 Bay Street, 14th floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2A3

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Last updated: June 2017