I’m a crime victim. Can I get money for expenses related to the crime?
Question & AnswerI’m a crime victim. Can I get money for expenses related to the crime?
2. Learn what expenses the program covers
The Victim Quick Response Program+ (VQRP+) pays for the cost of:
- a funeral
- cleaning up the crime scene
- emergency expenses related to home and personal safety, for example, replacing broken windows or locks, and adding dead bolts or window alarms
- getting counselling or traditional Indigenous healing that gives immediate, short-term support, and travel costs to get there
There are rules for each of these expenses. For example:
- crime scene clean up is limited to biological substances and harmful materials
- home safety expenses do not include replacing screen doors or garage doors
- private counsellors must have a criminal reference check issued within the last 5 years and have a certain amount of professional insurance
And, there are different rules if you’re asking for to help pay for expenses related to a serious injury, or as an immediate family member of a homicide victim, or as a victim of human trafficking.
The VQRP+ does not pay victims for:
- pain and suffering, or
- income they can’t earn because they can’t work as a result of the crime
Amount of financial help
The VQRP+ has limits on how much it pays victims. For example, it pays:
- funeral expenses up to $5,000
- crime scene cleanup up to $1,500
- emergency safety expenses up to $1,000
- counselling fees up to $1,000, which covers about 10 sessions
You must keep all receipts to prove how much you paid.