The Victim Quick Response Program (VQRP) provides immediate assistance to you if you have been a victim of violent crime. Assistance is also provided to immediate family members, and to those having witnessed violent crime. Through this program, people who have no other financial means are able to access the following services:
emergency expenses to secure premises to ensure immediate safety, emergency accommodation and meals where there are no secure housing options available
transportation and dependent care costs for a family member who must identify a homicide victim or support a seriously injured victim of violent crime.
crime scene cleanup requiring specialized services.
funeral expenses to assist families of homicide victims.
counselling to provide short-term, early intervention counselling to help victims of serious crime.
VQRP is time sensitive: individuals seeking assistance need to apply within days of the date the crime occurred. Other requirements are that you must reside in Ontario and the crime must have occurred within Ontario.
It is the policy of Victim Services to encourage any individual who has experienced crisis to seek help, so even if you feel you do not qualify for VQRP, please DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT US. There are many ways our agency can provide assistance.
Victim Quick Response Program
The Ministry of the Attorney General’s Victim Quick Response Program (VQRP) provides quick assistance to victims of homicide, attempted murder, serious physical assault, domestic violence, sexual assault and hate crime in the immediate aftermath of a crime.
Available in over 50 communities across Ontario, the program provides eligible victims with financial assistance for funeral expenses, emergency expenses, crime scene cleanup and short-term, early intervention counselling.
This section provides an overview of the program and its eligibility criteria.
Who is eligible for the VQRP?
If each of the following applies to you, you may be eligible for VQRP assistance:
I am requesting emergency, crime scene cleanup and/or funeral expenses no later than 45 calendar days after the date of the crime, or counselling services and related transportation costs, no later than 90 calendar days after the date of the crime.
I am a victim of a violent Criminal Code offence that occurred in Ontario, and I have not been charged as a result of the crime.
I have no other financial resources to assist me with funeral expenses; and/or emergency expenses; and/or crime scene cleanup, and/or short-term counselling services.
If I am eligible, how do I apply?
The police or community organization to which you reported the crime will refer you to a local VQRP service delivery organization – most are agencies that deliver Victim Crisis Assistance and Referral Services. These organizations will help you understand the eligibility requirements, complete forms and identify local support services.
Please note that you must report a violent Criminal Code offence to a police service in the province of Ontario within the required timeframe (see eligibility criteria above). Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or hate crimes may report the crime to a domestic violence shelter, sexual assault centre, hospital or other community agency providing services to victims in Ontario.