Inquiries about the Financial Benefits Program and requests for application forms may be addressed to:
Alberta Solicitor General & Public Security Victims Programs
10th Floor, John E. Brownlee Building
10365 - 97 Street
Edmonton AB T5J 3W7
Toll-free dial 310-0000 then 780-427-7217
What are financial benefits?
The Financial Benefits Program provides a monetary benefit to acknowledge victimization for elegible victims of violent crime in Alberta.
There are three types of benefits you can apply for:
- for physical and/or psychological injuries that you received as a direct result of a violent crime in Alberta. It provides direct assistance with a one-time financial benefit based on the severity of the victim's injuries. The benefit amount is set in the regulation to the Act.
- for victims who witnessed the death of a loved one as a result of violent crime
- reimbursement of funeral expenses paid when the victim died as a result of violent crime
Are costs and losses paid?
No. The Financial Benefits Program does not pay compensation for costs or losses. For example, it does not cover property damage, medical expenses, funeral costs, loss of wages or pain and suffering. Victims may seek restitution or take civil action for the recovery of costs or losses from the offender. Information on these processes may be obtained by contacting your nearest victim services program or police service. Information is also available on the Alberta government web site for victims at www.victims.gov.ab.ca
You may not be eligible if:
- the crime did not happen in Alberta
- you have an extensive criminal record or criminal lifestyle
- your actions directly or indirectly contributed to your injuries
- victims of motor vehicle or property offenses, such as impaired driving or break and entry
Note: Alberta Justice may provide assistance to injury victims of motor vehicle crimes. Information about this program is available through the Motor vehicle accident claims program or by calling toll free through Service Alberta at 310-0000 then 780-427-8255.
How do I apply?
Application forms are available from a Victim Services Unit, online at www.victims.alberta.ca or from the Financial Benefit office. Although the form is available electronically through the web site, the program requires a paper application with original signatures to obtain the information necessary to verify the application.
What is the process?
In almost all cases, a completed application form is the only information you will need to submit. Financial Benefits Program staff will obtain any necessary police or medical records and reports to verify applications. You will get a letter in the mail telling you the decicion on your application.
How long does it take?
The average time for a decision is about four months, however, since no two applications are the same, this can vary greatly.
Is there a review process?
The Criminal Injuries Review Board is an appointed board with the authority to conduct independent reviews of the financial benefits decisions. The decision letter provided to applicants includes information on the review process.