The CICB will consider four types of claims when there has been a homicide:
We will only consider reimbursing funeral and related expenses if they were not covered by any other source, including private insurance, the Victim Quick Response Program or Canada Pension Plan benefits.
A claim for funeral and related expenses should be made by the person who actually paid for the expenses and can provide proof of payment.
We do not generally pay for:
We may pay for:
We may consider expenses related to bereavement counselling for:
We will only consider bereavement counselling claims after funeral expenses and claims for dependent children (see "Loss of Financial Support", below) and have been paid. Priority will be given to family members who lived with the victim at the time of his/her death.
We may provide financial support for dependants of a deceased victim. A dependant could be a spouse, parent, grandparent, minor child, brother, sister or any other relative who the victim was supporting financially before their death.
For a child to be eligible for this type of support, they must be:
Each dependant must provide proof of financial dependence on the deceased victim. Proof could be:
We cannot award compensation for the grief and sorrow that follow a death, or for problems in dealing with the aftermath of a violent incident, such as difficulty in adjusting to a new lifestyle, stress, financial problems or having to attend court.
However, if a person witnessed a homicide or arrived at the scene of the crime and experienced severe psychological trauma, we may consider the injury known as "mental or nervous shock".
Mental or nervous shock is a legal term and not a medical condition.
For there to be a finding of mental or nervous shock, the applicant must meet all of the following criteria:
For more information, see the CICB information sheet: Mental or Nervous Shock Claims. You can download information sheets from our website at sjto.ca/cicb or call us and ask for a copy.
Last updated: March 2017