Examples of Acceptable Supporting Documents

Proof of your residence in Ontario

  • Utility bills
  • Driver’s licence
  • Letters from government programs such as the Ontario Disability Support Program or Ontario Works
  • Letter from a funeral home

Proof of your relationship to the homicide victim

A document with both your name and that of the victim showing that you were the victim’s parent, such as:

  • Long-form birth certificate which provides the name of the parents
  • Baptismal certificate
  • Adoption order
  • Death certificate
  • Letter from Chief Coroner / Coroner’s Investigation Summary
  • Office of the Registrar General Statement of Death
  • Funeral Director’s Statement of Death / Proof of Death Certificate
  • Court order (e.g. family or immigration) that mentions that you were the parent or had custody
  • Letter from a guarantor confirming that you were the victim’s parent (see below)

A document with both your name and that of the victim showing that you were the victim’s spouse, such as:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Income tax return stating a spousal relationship
  • Homicide victim’s will
  • Insurance polices (Life/ Health/ Auto/ Property)
  • Joint bank account statement
  • Utility bills showing the same address
  • Cohabitation agreement
  • Rental lease agreement
  • Letter from a guarantor confirming that you were the victim’s spouse (see below)

Guarantors

The Financial Assistance for Families of Homicide Victims may accept a letter from a guarantor confirming that you were the victim’s parent or spouse.

The letter must include the following information:

  • Guarantor’s last name
  • Guarantor’s first name
  • Guarantor’s address
  • Guarantor’s phone number
  • Guarantor’s occupation
  • That the guarantor has known you personally for at least one year
  • That the guarantor knew the victim
  • That the guarantor knows that you were the parent or spouse of the victim
  • Guarantor's signature

The following may be guarantors:

  • Judge
  • Justice of the peace
  • Police officer
  • Mayor
  • Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
  • Minister of religion authorized under provincial law to perform marriages
  • Municipal clerk or treasurer who is a member of the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario
  • Notary public
  • Principal or vice-principal of a primary or secondary school
  • Senior administrator or professor in a university
  • Senior administrator in a community college
  • Signing officer of a bank, caisse d’économie, caisse populaire, credit union or trust company
  • Chief of a Band recognized under the Indian Act (Canada)
  • Practising member of one of the following professions who is in good standing with the body that regulates the profession:
  • chiropractor, dentist, midwife, nurse, optometrist, pharmacist, psychologist, veterinarian, physician or surgeon
  • lawyer
  • professional accountant
  • professional engineer
  • social worker or social service worker
  • teacher in a primary or secondary school