Financial Assistance for Families of Homicide Victims Program

While no amount of money can make up for the emotional shock and grief caused by the loss of a loved one through homicide, financial assistance may help families recover from that loss.

The Financial Assistance for Families of Homicide Victims (FAFHV) program helps eligible parents and spouses/common-law partners of homicide victims by providing up to $10,000 per homicide.*

Who is eligible for assistance?

You may be eligible for assistance if:

  • The homicide occurred on or after January 1, 2013.

  • You were the victim’s parent or spouse (or common-law partner) at the time of death.

  • The homicide occurred in Ontario.

  • You currently live in Ontario.

  • You did not receive an award of $10,000 or more from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) for pain and suffering related to this homicide.
    Note: You may be required to apply to the CICB for compensation as part of the FAFHV application process. Please contact us for more information.

  • The victim did not contribute to his or her death through criminal activity or other behaviour that could reasonably have been expected to lead to the homicide.

  • You do not have a conviction or any pending charges against you related to the homicide, and you were not found to have contributed to the homicide.

Information for parents

An eligible parent may be either biological or adoptive. However, if the victim was adopted, or in someone else’s care under an Aboriginal customary arrangement, a biological parent is not eligible unless married to the adoptive parent.

Information for spouses or common-law partners

If you are applying as a spouse, you must have been married at the time of the homicide. If you were in a common-law relationship with the victim, you must have been living together for a period of at least three years, or had a biological or adopted child together.

*The term “homicide” includes first and second degree murder and manslaughter, but does not include deaths caused by vehicle collisions, except for assault by motor vehicle.