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While no amount of money can make up for the emotional shock and grief caused by the loss of a loved one through homicide, financial assistance may help families recover from that loss.
The Financial Assistance for Families of Homicide Victims (FAFHV) program helps eligible parents and spouses/common-law partners of homicide victims by providing up to $10,000 per homicide.*
You may be eligible for assistance if:
An eligible parent may be either biological or adoptive. However, if the victim was adopted, or in someone else’s care under an Aboriginal customary arrangement, a biological parent is not eligible unless married to the adoptive parent.
If you are applying as a spouse, you must have either been married to the victim or in a common-law relationship with the victim at the time of the homicide.
A common-law relationship means living together in a conjugal relationship continuously, for a period of at least three years; or living together in a conjugal relationship of some permanence, if you were the natural or adoptive parents of a child.
*The term "homicide" includes first and second degree murder and manslaughter, but does not include deaths caused by vehicle collisions, except for assault by motor vehicle.
Send the original signed application form, along with copies of supporting documents to:
Financial Assistance for Families of Homicide Victims Program
18 King Street East, 7th floor
Toronto, ON M5C 1C4
For more information, read the Frequently Asked Questions or call us toll free at 1-855-467-4344. In the Greater Toronto Area, call 416-212-9164.