Response Program provide timely assistance to eligible victims of the most
violent crime. The Program’s objectives are to;
Provide short-term assistance to victims in the immediate aftermath of
the impact of violent crime through immediate support services to
victims of violent crime; and
Increase the immediate safety of victims of violent crime and help to
prevent re- victimization.
Program Eligibility Criteria
Criminal Code Offences
The Program contributes financial assistance to victims who have suffered
physical or emotional harm as a result of the violent crimes listed below,
as well as property offences that compromise victim safety in cases of
domestic violence, sexual assault and hate crime:
Serious assault (assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm,
aggravated assault, kidnapping/abduction, forcible confinement);
applicant must be a victim of an eligible Criminal Code offence, either
as the direct victim or an immediate family member of the direct victim.
Note *** – Persons other than direct victims or immediate family members
may apply under special circumstances.
victim must reside in Ontario;
crime must have occurred in Ontario;
homicide, attempt murder and serious assault cases, the crime must have
been reported to a police service in Ontario and the police service must
have completed an Incident Report;
domestic violence, sexual assault, hate crime and human trafficking
cases only, the crime may alternatively be reported to a domestic
violence shelter, sexual assault centre, hospital or other community
agency providing services to victims of domestic violence, sexual
assault, hate crime and/or human trafficking crimes in Ontario;
is an immediate need for emergency expenses, counselling and/or funeral
expense funding that is directly attributable to the impact of the
criteria relating to the definition of Last Resort have been met (see
definitions section). The victim has completed and signed the
declaration and consent in the Referral Form.
victim has not previously received funding from the Program for the same
service arising out of the same criminal occurrence;
Program funds are spent in Ontario;
victim has not been charged in the reported occurrence (or the charges
have since been withdrawn) or, in the case of a homicide, the deceased
victim was not committing a Criminal Code offence at the time of death;
Program applications relating to emergency expenses and funeral expenses
must be submitted no later than 45 calendar days after the date
of the crime. Program applications relating to counselling services and
related transportation costs must be submitted no later than 90
calendar days after the date of the crime.
As the Program is
one of last resort, it is not available where there is insurance coverage.
In addition, the Program will not contribute to any insurance deductible.
Who May Apply
A direct victim or immediate family member may apply personally.
individuals may also apply on behalf of a victim:
parent or custodial guardian of a victim who is under 16 years of age;
person authorized to act on behalf of a victim.
Emergency Home Safety Expenses
Emergency Transportation Costs
Emergency Child Care and Dependent Care for Elderly or Special Needs
Emergency Accommodation, Meals and Personal Care Items
Emergency Vision Care
Transportation Expenses for Victims Living in Rural/Remote Areas
Victims with Disabilities