Inquiries about the Financial Benefits Program and requests for application forms may be addressed to:
Alberta Solicitor General and Public Security Victims of Crime Financial Benefits Program
10th Floor, 10365 - 97 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3W7
To call toll-free from anywhere in Alberta outside the Edmonton calling area, dial 310-0000 and ask for the above number.
The Financial Benefits Program recognizes or acknowledges victims who were injured 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.
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 be eligible for financial benefits if:
The program recognizes that child victims and significantly incapacitated adults are not in a position to apply on their own behalf. In those instances, a guardian or someone acting for the victim may apply in their stead.
Note: Alberta Justice may provide assistance to injury victims of motor vehicle crimes. Information about this program is available through the Alberta government web site or by calling Motor Vehicle Accident Claims at 780-427-8255.
Application forms are available from the Financial Benefits Program, through local victim services programs associated with local police services or through the Government of Alberta web site. 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.
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. All decisions on applications will be presented in writing.
The average time for a decision is about four months, however, since no two applications are the same, this can vary greatly.
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.