Some categories of victims are eligible.
Financial assistance for loss of income is available to those who are employed. This benefit may be paid when the person :
- becomes unable to engage in his or her employment, perform his or her job, or
- to perform the duties of an occupation from which he or she earns income as a result of the criminal offence committed
Financial assistance to compensate for certain disabilities is available to unemployed persons. This benefit may be paid when the person becomes unable to perform the majority of their usual activities.
Basis of compensation
Actual wages of the victim or rescuer, not to exceed the maximum insurable amount of $91,000.
For the unemployed victim/rescuer, benefits are based on the minimum wage in effect on the date of the health assessment.
90% of the retained salary base (net).
Revision of the gross salary base on the anniversary date of disability.
The victim must, at the time of the health assessment:
- be unable to engage in his or her employment, perform his or her job, or perform the duties of his or her occupation
- have an employment relationship and a definite or foreseeable start or return to work date
- have ceased to engage in employment, perform his or her job, or perform the duties of an occupation within 12 months prior to the health assessment because of the criminal offence, or
- be unable to perform the majority of his or her usual activities
The health professional makes the determination of the victim's inability to work and also determines when the inability to work ends and when the victim is ready to return to work. The application must be made within 12 months of the health assessment.
Terms of Payment
Payment of financial assistance every 2 weeks.
Extension of financial assistance is based on the advice of the treating health professional through a health assessment.