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 cleanup is limited to biological substances and harmful materials,
- home safety expenses don't include replacing screen doors or garage doors, and
- private counsellors must meet certain requirements. The organization that you're applying through will give you a list of eligible counsellors to choose from.
There are different rules if you're asking for help to pay for expenses related to a serious injury, as an immediate family member of a murder victim, or as a victim of human trafficking.
The VQRP+ doesn't pay victims for:
- pain and suffering, or
- income you didn't earn if you couldn't work because of the crime
Amount of financial help
The VQRP+ has limits on how much it pays victims. For example:
- 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
The VQRP+ pays service providers directly for:
- funeral expenses
- crime scene cleanup
If you apply for help because you were seriously injured, the VQRP+ will mail a cheque to your address. Make sure you'll be at the same address for at least 4 weeks so that you can receive the cheque.