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The Federal Victims Strategy consolidates all federal government work related to victims of crime into one objective: to give victims a more effective voice in the criminal justice system.
The Victims Fund provides grants and contributions to support projects and activities that encourage the development of new approaches, promote access to justice, improve the capacity of service providers, foster the establishment of referral networks, and/or increase awareness of services available to victims of crime and their families.
The Victims Fund does not provide criminal injuries compensation for victims of crime.
Who is eligible?
Who can apply for this funding?
- not-for-profit agencies and organizations;
- national, provincial, territorial, municipal, Indigenous, community or professional organizations, societies or associations;
- educational institutions;
- bands and tribal councils and self-governing First Nations who are working to provide services and assistance to victims of crime in Indigenous communities;
- non-governmental organizations;
- private-sector organizations sponsoring non-profit projects;
- non-governmental international organizations, of which Canada is a member, that have a focus on victim advocacy, services, assistance or raising awareness about the impact of victimization.
The objectives of the Victims Fund are to:
- promote access to justice and participation by victims in the justice system;
- promote the development of law, policies and programs for victims;
- promote the implementation of principles, guidelines and laws designed to address the needs of victims of crime and articulate the victim's role in the criminal justice system;
- increase knowledge and awareness of the impact of victimization, the needs of victims of crime, available services, assistance and programs, and relevant legislation;
- encourage governmental and non-governmental organizations to identify victim needs and gaps in services, and develop and deliver programs, services and assistance to victims; and,
- promote capacity-building within non-governmental organizations.
Current Priorities - Vulnerable Victims of Crime
Funding is available for pilot projects that align with current governmental priorities. The Victims Fund aims to improve access to justice and services for all victims of crime, with a particular focus on meeting the needs of vulnerable victims, including: 1) victims of human trafficking; 2) victims of sexual offences; and 3) child victims of crime.
- Victims of human trafficking: The Government of Canada assists all victims of crime, including trafficking victims, by working with the provinces and territories to deliver services responsive to their needs, and by promoting a greater understanding of the needs of trafficked persons with a view to promoting their physical, psychological and social recovery.
- Victims of sexual offences: It is a current priority for the Department of Justice to support activities that will help enhance the criminal justice system's response to victims and survivors of sexual assault and exploitation, improve their access to justice, increase their confidence in the justice system, and enhance victim services.
- Child victims of crime: It is a current priority for the Department to support projects that will address gaps in services to child and youth victims in rural, remote and Indigenous communities. These projects will address the needs of child and youth victims, enhance capacity of service providers and encourage the development of the multi-disciplinary teams approach in rural and remote locations across the country.
What types of projects are we seeking under the current priorities?
Victims of human trafficking:
- Projects, training or services designed to enhance and promote the physical, psychological and social recovery of victims of human trafficking.
- The development and delivery of training for prosecutors and first responders, including police officers, immigration officers, nurses and medical professionals in order to enhance the detection of human trafficking incidents and the investigation and prosecution;
- The development and delivery of training programs aimed at increasing awareness of human trafficking among judges; and
- Projects that support data gathering and information sharing among stakeholders involved in addressing human trafficking in Canada.
Victims of sexual offences:
- Projects, training or services designed to enhance access to justice for survivors and victims in sexual assault and exploitation matters, particularly in relation to reporting, testifying and providing victim impact statements;
- Projects or services that fill identified gaps at various stages throughout the criminal justice process for survivors of sexual assault and exploitation;
- Pilot support services tailored to the specific needs of populations especially those at risk for sexual assault and exploitation, including Indigenous women (on-reserve, off-reserve and urban Indigenous populations), women with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, queer, intersex and two-spirited (LGBTQQI2S) and gender non-conforming communities, as well as child victims of sexual exploitation; and
- Develop and deliver training for criminal justice professionals (such as police, Crowns or victim service providers) and other first responders (such as paramedics) on sexual assault law and the unique considerations that should be taken into account when working with survivors of sexual violence, especially when they are a member of a particularly vulnerable population.
Child victims of crime:
- Expand the scope and reach of available programs and services to child and youth victims in rural, remote and Indigenous communities (i.e. through the creation of satellite offices to existing CACs in smaller communities. Satellite offices should include a child-friendly facility, a victim advocate and on-site forensic interviewing);
- Enhance or develop multi-disciplinary teams to address the specific needs of child and youth victims in rural, remote and Indigenous communities. (i.e. hiring victim advocates to support the development and maintenance of multi-disciplinary teams);
- Enhance the capacity of service providers who provide services to children to effectively address child victims from various cultures, at different ages and of different genders; and,
- Develop and/or facilitate the delivery of training on specialized populations of child and youth victims.
What other types of projects qualify for funding?
Funding is available to encourage the development of approaches that aim to meet the needs of victims of crime. The types of projects that could receive funding include:
- projects to increase awareness and access to services for victims, with a focus on those in northern and rural communities;
- projects to enhance the capacity of victim service providers;
- projects to set up and implement referral networks, partnerships, protocols, public-education projects and training; and,
- projects that involve consultation, research or evaluation intended to benefit victims of crime.
What types of activities are not eligible for project funding?
- ongoing activities;
- duplication of programs or services already funded or delivered by other organizations or government departments;
- entertainment expenses or honoraria for participants at conferences, workshops, or seminars;
- thesis projects; and,
- capital expenditures (excluding those related to the purchase of testimonial aids).
Points to Consider
What improves the chances of having a successful funding application?
The review of your application could take 4 to 6 months to complete. Please consider this in deciding the start date for your project.
Please respond to each question in the application/proposal form. Incomplete applications may result in delays and even in rejection of the application.
A project has a greater chance of securing funding if there are other partners, as well as demonstrated support from organizations in the community. Letters of support are required as part of a complete application.
When is the deadline to submit a funding application?
There is no deadline for submitting funding applications under this initiative. Proposals are approved, in part, based on the availability of funding.
How to Apply for Funding
To apply for funding, please fill out the Funding Application Form.
In support of Section 41 of the Official Languages Act, the Department is committed to facilitating the participation of official language minority communities and their organizations in the development and assessment of the Department's policies, programs and services having significant impact on the development of the communities; and to take measures to ensure that the Department of Justice's programs and services reach official language minority communities. In the context of project funding, these measures include:
- outreach to official language minority communities to enhance their understanding of the Department of Justice funding programs; and
- encouraging contacts between organizations that are receiving financial assistance and official language minority organizations/groups to ensure that the needs of these communities are taken into consideration in relation to the proposed projects to be considered for Department of Justice Canada funding.
The Department of Justice encourages applicants to submit proposals electronically. If you submit your application on paper, please consider printing on both sides of the paper. These actions will minimize environmental impacts.
Publications and Resources
What can I expect from a funding agreement?
The following guide is designed as a reference tool to help funding recipients better understand and comply with the financial requirements described in contribution agreements. It is recommended that recipients review this handbook at the onset of their funding agreements.
Helpful Federal Government Links:
- Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
- Canadian Embassies or Consulates
- Travel Canada
- Correctional Service of Canada, Victim Services
- Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime
- Health Canada (National Clearinghouse on Family Violence)
- Parole Board of Canada (Victims of Crime)
- Public Safety Canada (National Office for Victims)
Helpful Provincial/Territorial Government Links:
- British Columbia
- Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General (Victim Services):
- Crime Victim Assistance Program (Financial Assistance)
- VictimLINK: 1-800-563-0808
- New Brunswick
- Department of Public Safety Victim Services Program
- Compensation for Victims of Crime (Financial Assistance)
- Newfoundland & Labrador
- Nova Scotia
- Ministry of the Attorney General (Victim Services)
- The Criminal Injuries Compensation (Financial Assistance)
- Office for Victims of Crime
- Victim Support Line: 1-888-579-2888 toll free (or in Toronto, 1-416-314-2447)
- Prince Edward Island
- Office of the Attorney General and Public Safety (Victim Services)
- Criminal Injuries Compensation (Financial Assistance)
- Saskatchewan Justice Victims Services Program
- Saskatchewan Justice Victims Services Compensation (Financial Assistance)
- Northwest Territories
Where is more information available?
For more information about the Victims Fund and how to apply for project funding, contact us:
Victims Fund Manager
Department of Justice
284 Wellington Street, 6th Floor
Telephone: General Victims Fund: (613) 941-4193
Fax: (613) 954-4893
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