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The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) was created to review compensation applications of people who were injured as the result of a violent crime in Ontario. CICB determines who qualifies for compensation and how much the victim is compensated.

Can I Apply?

You may qualify for an award if you meet the following criteria:

  • You were injured as the result of a violent crime such as a firearm offences, poisoning, arson and other offences such as assault, sexual assault, domestic assault (e.g. abuse by a spouse/partner), etc.; and
  • The crime occurred in the Province of Ontario.

The injuries can be either physical or psychological in nature. The Board looks at the impact of the injuries on the individual. If you recover quickly and there are no prolonged effects of the injury, the Board may not compensate for your injury.

You do not need to be a resident of Ontario to qualify.

What Can and Can’t Be Compensated?

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board will pay for such items as:

  • Treatment expenses (prescriptions, eye care, counselling, therapy etc);
  • Travel expenses for treatment (if travel is beyond 40 km);
  • Income loss (depending on the situation); and,
  • Pain and suffering (based on a variety of factors).

Depending on the situation, the CICB will provide an award in a lump sum, a monthly contribution or a combination of both.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board will NOT compensate for:

  • Lost, stolen or damaged property;
  • Motor vehicle accidents (certain exceptions apply);
  • Costs associated around the criminal or civil trial (legal fees, income loss, distress, etc);
  • Accidental injuries (slip and fall);

How Can We Help?

The team at The Law Office of Audra Bennett is committed to making your voice heard by the Board and that the process is stress-free from the application to the decision of the Board. To achieve this we will:

  • Represent your case in a professional manner and reduce the stress of application for you;
  • Act as the main point of contact with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.
  • Coordinate all the research required (medical, legal, police statements, etc.) to ensure that your claim is complete;
  • Advocate at the hearing (whether it is an electronic, written or oral hearing).

For more information, please review the CICB website on our Web Resources Links.