The CriminalInjuries Compensation BoardIntroductionThe Criminal Injuries Compensation Board was established in1971 under the Social Justice Tribunals, Ontario. It provides monetarycompensation to the victims of crime and to the families of the deceasedvictim.The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board is an administrativetribunal which is governed by the Compensationfor Victims of Crime Act1. The Board followsthe principles of Victim’s Bill ofRight.Itfalls under the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General.
Jurisdiction of the CICBThereare four different types of jurisdiction of tribunal. Monetary Jurisdiction- Themaximum amount of money awarded by the Board is $25,000 to every person that isinjured or killed. If more than one person is injured or killed in an incident,the Board can award a total amount of $150,000 for the entire incident. If thereare more than six people who are injured or killed, then the $150,000 mighthave to be divided among the person who qualifies for the compensation.
Inrare cases, periodic awards of up to $1000 per month might be awarded, whichcan be decreased or increased depending on the long- term effects of injuries andthe need of the treatment. These periodic awards cannot exceed a total of$365,000. Award may vary depending uponthe severity of the injury.Substantial Jurisdiction-Thefollowing people are eligible for the compensation under the Board:· Any person who has suffered physical or psychologicalinjuries as a result of violent crime or · family members including spouse,parents, child, siblings or any other relative who were dependant on thedeceased victim or · Guardian of the minor or· People who were hurt while trying toprevent crime including police officers who are injured while making an arrest.
Violent crimes include murder, attempted murder,firearm offences, poisoning, arson, assault, sexual assault, domestic assault(abuse by a spouse/partner), child physical assault, child sexual abuse. The Board does not award compensation fordamaged or lost or stolen property, motor vehicle accidents, work-place accidents, accidentaldeaths and injuries, suicide, neglect or abandonment of child. Territorial Jurisdiction-Inorder to be eligible for the compensation, the crime must have occurred in theOntario, Canada. But it is not necessary that victim should be resident of theOntario.Temporal Jurisdiction-Theapplicant must apply for compensation within 2 years of the occurrence ofcrime. In case of sexual or domestic assault or abuse by someone on whom thevictim is dependent then there is no time limit for filing the claim. In exceptionalcases, the Board may extend the time limit depending on the circumstances.Incase of minor, the time limit does not begin until the minor reaches age of18years.
General process of filingapplicationThereare two different types of application forms for the injury and death. One canfill application form in two following ways:· By computer- Use of Adobe 7.0 or a higherversion is required. Save the application form from the official website of theBoard and fill the information related to victim, applicant or legalrepresentative, details of the crime and injuries, medical or treatmentinformation or other expenses and additional information.· By hand- Directly fill the applicationform with required details in a legible writing.SupportingDocumentsItis highly recommended to include restraining order, probation order, victim’simpact statement, power of attorney, death certificate, medical or therapyrecords that demonstrate injuries, and invoices and/or receipts for costs related tothe injury or death, e.g.
medical costs, funeral costs with application, if youhave them. There is no fee for filing claim under the Board.You can send thecompleted application form via email, fax or mail on the given addressBy mail:Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, 655 Bay Street, 14th Floor,Toronto, Ontario M7A2A3By phone: Toll free: 1-800-372-7463, TTY throughBell relay: 1-800-855-0511By fax:Toll free: 1-844-249-1619By email:[email protected] Remedies awarded by the BoardTheBoard award money for following · Physical Injuries- For medical care of seriousinjuries like broken bones, serious cuts etc.· Treatment Expenses- For ambulance fees,hospital charges, prosthetics, eyeglasses, dental expenses, counseling expenses,travel expenses for treatment, money spent on counseling sessions or therapy torecover you from the nervous shock or depression because of the death of thevictim, etc.
· Psychological Injuries- For emotional ormental harm proved by reports of counselor. Pain and Sufferings- When you face problemin doing daily life activities due to physical or psychological sufferings likea leg injury. It is one of the largest parts of money people get.· Lost Income· Others- For supporting a child born as aresult of sexual assault and funeral expenses.Review or Appeal of DecisionsThefollowing options are available, if you do not agree with the decision of theBoard:· If the decision was given by a singleadjudicator, you can request a review hearing with two new adjudicators inwritten form within 15 days of receiving the decision. The Board shall informthe parties about place and date of the hearing, atleast ten days before thefixed day.· If the decision was given by a panel oftwo or more adjudicators, you can make appeal to the Superior Court of Justice,Divisional Court within 30 days of receiving the decision.Appealscannot be made on the amount of award, it can only be made on point of law.1https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90c24