Financial Assistance for Families of Homicide Victims Program

General information:

  1. What is the Financial Assistance for Families of Homicide Victims program?

Eligibility:

  1. Am I eligible?
  2. What do you mean by “parent”?
  3. What do you mean by “spouse”?
  4. I do not live in Ontario now, but I lived in Ontario when my child/spouse was killed. Can I still apply?
  5. I was legally married to the homicide victim at the time of death but we had been separated for over one year. Can I still apply to this program?
  6. What does “contributory behaviour” mean?
  7. What if I don’t know if my child or spouse contributed to his or her death?
  8. What happens if I am also receiving benefits from Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program?
  9. If there is more than one eligible applicant, how much compensation would each applicant receive?

Applying for the program:

  1. When must I apply for this program?
  2. How do I apply for the program?
  3. Can I apply if I miss the application deadline?
  4. Who can help me fill out the application?
  5. Can I file an application on behalf of another person?
  6. What happens if I move or change my phone number after I file my application?
  7. How long will it take to receive payment?

Criminal Injuries Compensation Board Claims:

  1. How is the FAFHV program assistance different from that provided by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board?
  2. I have not applied to the CICB and I don’t know if any other parent or spouse has. Can I still apply?
  3. I have applied to the CICB, but I did not receive a response. Can I still apply to this program?
  4. I received a payment of $10,000 or more from CICB for pain and suffering. Does this mean I can’t apply to the FAFHV program?
  5. I received a payment of less than $10,000 from the CICB for pain and suffering. How much of a payment could I get under the FAFHV program?

Contact us:

  1. Who can I call if I have more questions?

General Information

  1. What is the Financial Assistance for Families of Homicide Victims program?

    No amount of money can make up for the emotional shock and grief caused by the loss of a loved one through homicide, but financial assistance can help make the recovery process easier.

    The Financial Assistance for Families of Homicide Victims (FAFHV) program provides eligible parents and spouses of homicide victims with up to $10,000 per homicide,* when the crime occurred in Ontario on or after January 1, 2016.

    *Note: “Homicide” includes first and second degree murder and manslaughter, but does not include deaths caused by vehicle collisions, except for assault by motor vehicle.

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Eligibility

  1. Am I eligible?

    You may be eligible for financial assistance if:

    • The homicide occurred on or after January 1, 2016.
    • You were the homicide victim’s parent or spouse/common-law partner at the time of death.
    • The homicide occurred in Ontario.
    • You currently live in Ontario.
    • The homicide victim did not contribute to his or her death through criminal activity or other behaviour that could reasonably have been expected to lead to the homicide.
    • You do not have a conviction or any pending charges against you related to the homicide, and you were not found to have contributed to the homicide.
    • You did not receive an award of $10,000 or more from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) for pain and suffering related to the homicide. Note: We may recommend that you apply to the CICB for compensation as part of the FAFHV application process.
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  3. What do you mean by “parent”?

    A parent must be:

    • a birth parent, unless the victim was adopted
    • an adoptive parent
    • a birth parent who is also a spouse of an adoptive parent
    • a person caring for the child under an Aboriginal customary arrangement
    • a person caring for the child under a legal guardianship arrangement.
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  5. What do you mean by “spouse”?

    Either:

    1. Married to the homicide victim, or
    2. In a common-law relationship with the homicide victim, which means either
    3. Living together in a conjugal relationship continuously, for a period of at least three years, or
    4. Living together in a relationship of some permanence, if you were the natural or adoptive parents of a child.
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  7. I do not live in Ontario now, but I lived in Ontario when my child/spouse was killed. Can I still apply?

    No. The program is only available to current residents of Ontario.

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  9. I was legally married to the homicide victim at the time of death but we had been separated for over one year. Can I still apply to this program?

    Yes.

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  11. What does “contributory behaviour” mean?

    “Contributory behaviour” occurs when a victim acts in a way that could have reasonably been expected to lead to his or her death. For example, financial assistance may not be permitted if the victim was either committing violence or threatening violence against another person at the time the homicide occurred.

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  13. What if I don’t know if my child or spouse contributed to his or her death?

    If you don’t know, or are unsure, you should note it on your application form. We will be seeking this information from the CICB and court documents but we may need to follow up with you to obtain further details or documentation.

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  15. What happens if I am also receiving benefits from Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program?

    You may still apply to the FAFHV program and receive financial assistance. In most cases, receiving FAFHV funding should not affect benefits under Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program.

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  17. If there is more than one eligible applicant, how much compensation would each applicant receive?

    In most cases, if there is more than one eligible applicant (e.g., a spouse and two parents of the victim), the financial assistance of $10,000 would be divided equally. For example, if there are two eligible applicants, each would receive $5,000. If there are three eligible applicants, in most cases each would receive $3,333.33.

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Applying for the program

  1. When must I apply for this program?

    If the homicide occurred on or after January 1, 2016, you must apply no later than February 28, 2017.

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  3. How do I apply for the program?

    For more information on the application process, download the application guide and form or call toll-free at 1-855-467-4344, or 416-212-9164 in the Greater Toronto Area, to ask for the form to be mailed to you. Please complete the application form and mail it along with the other documents listed in the application, to:

    Financial Assistance for Families of Homicide Victims Program
    18 King Street East, 7th floor
    Toronto, ON M5C 1C4

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  5. Can I apply if I miss the application deadline?

    If you missed the application deadline, applications may still be considered if funds have not already been paid to other eligible applicants. For more information, please call

    1-855-467-4344, or 416-212-9164 in the Greater Toronto Area.

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  7. Who can help me fill out the application?

    You may seek assistance from anyone you wish to help you in completing the application. For example, you could approach a trusted friend, your lawyer, a community legal clinic or a church group for help.

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  9. Can I file an application on behalf of another person?

    You may assist another person in filing an application, however, the applicant must sign the form and give his or her personal consent for the release of personal information.

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  11. What happens if I move or change my phone number after I file my application?

    If your contact information changes, please notify us immediately. If not, your application may be delayed or the program may not be able to complete it.

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  13. How long will it take to receive payment?

    Every effort will be made to pay financial assistance as quickly as possible. However, processing time will vary from application to application, depending on the complexity of the case and the need for follow-up inquiries.

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Criminal Injuries Compensation Board Claims

  1. How is the FAFHV program assistance different from that provided by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board?

    FAFHV provides financial assistance to eligible applicants, some of whom may not qualify for compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB). The CICB provides eligible families of homicide victims with compensation for funeral and burial expenses, dependents for loss of financial support, counselling and other expenses.

    For more information on CICB compensation and eligibility requirements.

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  3. I have not applied to the CICB and I don’t know if any other parent or spouse has. Can I still apply?

    If you have not applied to the CICB and are not aware that any other eligible person (e.g., other parent or spouse) has applied, then you may still apply to the FAFHV program. Program staff will let you know whether an application to the CICB is recommended.

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  5. I have applied to the CICB, but I did not receive a response. Can I still apply to this program?

    If you have applied to the CICB, you may apply to the Financial Assistance for Families of Homicide Victims program, but your application may not be processed until the CICB has considered your application for compensation. Please note that it is your responsibility to inform Ontario Victim Services once the CICB has made a decision.

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  7. I received a payment of $10,000 or more from CICB for pain and suffering. Does this mean I can’t apply to the FAFHV program?

    Yes. Since you received more than $10,000 from the CICB for pain and suffering, you would not be eligible for a further payment under the FAFHV program.

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  9. I received a payment of less than $10,000 from the CICB for pain and suffering. How much of a payment could I get under the FAFHV program?

    If the CICB provided you with a payment of less than $10,000 for pain and suffering, the amount of the award will be deducted from the amount available from the FAFHV program. For example, if you received a $7,000 award from the CICB for pain and suffering, you would be eligible for a maximum of $3,000 from the FAFHV program.

    The amount you receive from the FAFHV program will also depend on whether or not there are other eligible applicants.

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Contact us

  1. Who can I call if I have more questions?

    You may call the FAFHV program toll-free at 1-855-467-4344, or 416-212-9164 in the Greater Toronto Area.

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