May 29, 2019
Amendments to Compensation for Victims of Crime Act

The Government of Ontario announced that it will transition the responsibilities covered by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) into a new one-window access system for victim service programs that would provide financial assistance to victims. This will bring Ontario’s approach to financial assistance for victims of violent crime in line with the rest of Canada as an administrative model rather than an adjudicative model.

What this means for you

Effective May 29, 2019, the following changes have been made to the Compensation for Victims and Crime Act:

  • The maximum lump sum payment amount has increased from $25,000 to $30,000.
  • The maximum award for pain and suffering will not exceed $5,000.

Any CICB decisions rendered on or after May 29, 2019 will be subject to these changes. A cut-off date for new applications to the CICB will be determined by the Lieutenant Governor in Council in the near future.

Next Steps

During this period of transition, the CICB is committed to providing high quality service to the public. The CICB continues to work with the Government of Ontario to determine next steps and to ensure continuity for victims of crime accessing victim services across the province.

We will continue to provide updates as they become available.

For information regarding the changes to victim services, please contact the Ministry of the Attorney General:

Ministry of the Attorney General
McMurtry-Scott Building
720 Bay Street, 11th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2S9
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-518-7901
Telephone (Toronto): 416-326-2220

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