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Compensation for Victims of Crime Act

R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER C.24

Historical version for the period March 9, 2005 to December 14, 2009.

Last amendment: 2005, c. 5, s. 11.


1. In this Act,

“Board” means the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board; (“Commission”)

“child” means a child born within or outside marriage, subject to sections 158 and 159 of the Child and Family Services Act (which relate to the effect of adoption), and includes a grandchild of the victim and a person whom the victim has demonstrated a settled intention to treat as a child of his or her family, and includes a child of the victim conceived before and born alive after the victim’s death, but does not include a child placed in the home of the victim as a foster child for consideration by a person having lawful custody; (“enfant”)

“dependant” means,

(a) the spouse of the victim,

(b) a parent of the victim, including a grandparent and a person who has demonstrated a settled intention to treat the victim as a child of his or her family, but does not include a person in whose home the victim was placed as a foster child for consideration by a person having lawful custody,

(c) a child of the victim,

(d) a brother or sister of the victim, and

(e) any other relative of the victim,

(f) Repealed: 2005, c. 5, s. 11 (1).

who was in whole or in part dependent on the victim for support at the time of his or her death; (“personne à charge”)

“injury” means actual bodily harm and includes pregnancy and mental or nervous shock and “injured” has a corresponding meaning; (“lésion”)

“Minister” means the Attorney General; (“ministre”)

“peace officer” means a peace officer as defined in the Criminal Code (Canada); (“agent de la paix”)

“spouse” means,

(a) a person who was married to the deceased victim immediately before the deceased victim’s death,

(b) a person who was living with the deceased victim in a conjugal relationship outside marriage immediately before the death of the deceased victim, or

(c) a person whose marriage to the deceased victim was terminated by a decree absolute of divorce or was declared a nullity and to whom the deceased victim was providing support or was under a legal obligation to provide support immediately before the death of the deceased person; (“conjoint”)

“victim” means a person injured or killed in the circumstances set out in section 5. (“victime”) R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 1; 1999, c. 6, s. 11 (1, 2); 2005, c. 5, s. 11 (1-3).

Administration of Act

2. The Minister is responsible for the administration of this Act. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 2.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Board

3. (1) The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board is continued and shall be composed of such number of members, not fewer than five, as are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, and the Lieutenant Governor in Council shall appoint one of such members as chair and one or more of them as vice-chairs. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 3 (1).

Board a corporation

(2) The Board is a corporation to which the Corporations Act does not apply. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 3 (2).

Duties of chair

(3) The chair shall have general supervision and direction over the conduct of the affairs of the Board, and shall arrange the sittings of the Board and assign members to conduct hearings as circumstances require. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 3 (3).

Substitute chair

(4) The chair may designate a vice-chair who shall exercise the powers and perform the duties of the chair when the chair is absent or unable to act. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 3 (4).

Publishing reports

4. The Board shall prepare and periodically publish a summary of its decisions and the reasons therefor. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 4.

Injuries compensable

5. Where any person is injured or killed by any act or omission in Ontario of any other person occurring in or resulting from,

(a) the commission of a crime of violence constituting an offence against the Criminal Code (Canada), including poisoning, arson, criminal negligence and an offence under section 86 of that Act but not including an offence involving the use or operation of a motor vehicle other than assault by means of a motor vehicle;

(b) lawfully arresting or attempting to arrest an offender or suspected offender for an offence against a person other than the applicant or his or her dependant or against such person’s property, or assisting a peace officer in executing his or her law enforcement duties; or

(c) preventing or attempting to prevent the commission of an offence or suspected offence against a person other than the applicant or his or her dependant or against such person’s property,

the Board, on application therefor, may make an order that it, in its discretion exercised in accordance with this Act, considers proper for the payment of compensation to,

(d) the victim;

(e) a person who is responsible for the support of the victim;

(f) where the death of the victim has resulted, the victim’s dependants or any of them or the person who was responsible for the support of the victim immediately before his or her death or who has, on behalf of the victim or his or her estate and not being required by law to do so, incurred an expense referred to in clause 7(1)(a) or (e) arising from the act or omission. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 5.

Limitation period for application

6. An application for compensation shall be made within two years after the date of the injury or death but the Board, before or after the expiry of the two-year period, may extend the time for the further period it considers warranted. 2000, c. 26, Sched. A, s. 4 (1).


7. (1) Compensation may be awarded for,

(a) expenses actually and reasonably incurred or to be incurred as a result of the victim’s injury or death;

(b) pecuniary loss incurred by the victim as a result of total or partial disability affecting the victim’s capacity for work;

(c) pecuniary loss incurred by dependants as a result of the victim’s death;

(d) pain and suffering;

(e) support of a child born as a result of rape;

(f) other pecuniary loss resulting from the victim’s injury and any expense that, in the opinion of the Board, it is reasonable to incur. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 7 (1).


(2) Where the injury to a person occurred in the circumstances mentioned in clause 5 (b) or (c), the Board may, in addition to the compensation referred to in subsection (1), award compensation to the injured person for any other damage resulting from the injury for which damages may be recovered at common law. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 7 (2).

Referral for hearing

8. Where an application is made under section 5, the chair of the Board shall refer the application,

(a) to the Board for a hearing conducted by at least two members of the Board; or

(b) to one member of the Board for a hearing,

as the chair may direct. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 8.

Notice of hearing

9. (1) When an application is referred under section 8 the Board shall fix a date, time and place for the hearing of the application and shall, at least 10 days before the hearing date, have notice of the date, time and place served on,

(a) the applicant;

(b) the Minister;

(c) the offender, if it is practicable to serve him or her; and

(d) any other person who appears to the Board to have an interest in the application. 2000, c. 26, Sched. A, s. 4 (2).


(2) Every person upon whom notice of a hearing is served and any other person added by the Board or member is a party to the proceeding. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 9 (2).

Jurisdiction of member

(3) The Board or member shall hold the hearing and make an order under section 5, and, subject to section 10, this Act applies in respect of the hearing and jurisdiction of the member in the same manner as to the Board. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 9 (3).

Hearing and review by Board

10. (1) Where an application is heard by a single member of the Board under section 9, the applicant or the Minister may, within fifteen days after service of the decision of the member, require a hearing and review by the Board and the Board shall fix a time and place for the hearing and shall at least ten days before the day fixed cause notice thereof to be served upon the parties to the proceeding. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 10 (1).

Adding parties

(2) The Board may add persons as parties to the proceeding during a review under this section. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 10 (2).


(3) The hearing shall be conducted and the jurisdiction of the Board shall be exercised by at least two members of the Board and the member whose decision is being reviewed shall not sit on the review. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 10 (3).

Order of Board

(4) After a hearing and review by the Board under this section, the Board shall make its order in accordance with this Act and its order supersedes the order of a single member made under section 9 that is the subject of the hearing and review. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 10 (4).

Conviction as conclusive evidence

11. If a person is convicted of a criminal offence in respect of an act or omission on which a claim under this Act is based, proof of the conviction shall, after the time for an appeal has expired or, if an appeal was taken, it was dismissed and no further appeal is available, be taken as conclusive evidence that the offence has been committed. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 11.

Hearings to be open to public; exceptions

12. All hearings shall be held in public except where, in the opinion of the Board, it is necessary to hold a hearing that is closed to the public for the reason that a public hearing,

(a) would be prejudicial to the final disposition of the criminal proceedings against the person whose act or omission caused the injury or death; or

(b) would not be in the interests of the victim, or of the dependants of the victim, of an alleged sexual offence or child abuse. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 12.

Publication of evidence

13. (1) The Board may make an order prohibiting the publication of any report or account of the whole or any part of the evidence at a hearing where the Board considers it necessary but in making an order under this subsection the Board shall have regard to the desirability of permitting the public to be informed of the principles and nature of each case. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 13 (1).


(2) Any person who publishes a report or account of any evidence at a hearing contrary to an order of the Board under subsection (1) is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine of not more than $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than one year, or to both. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 13 (2).


(3) Where a corporation is convicted of an offence under subsection (2), the maximum penalty that may be imposed upon the corporation is $50,000 and not as provided therein. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 13 (3).

Interim compensation

14. (1) If it appears to the Board that the applicant will probably be awarded compensation, the Board may in its discretion order interim payments to the applicant in respect of support, medical expenses and funeral expenses. 2000, c. 26, Sched. A, s. 4 (3).

Amount not recoverable

(2) Interim payments to the applicant are not recoverable from him or her even if compensation is not awarded afterwards. 2000, c. 26, Sched. A, s. 4 (3).


15. (1) Any notice or document required to be served under this Act or the regulations is sufficiently served if delivered personally or sent by registered mail addressed to the person upon whom service is required to be made at the latest address for service appearing on the records of the Board. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 15 (1).


(2) Where any notice or document mentioned in subsection (1) is served by registered mail, the service shall be deemed to be made on the third day after the day of mailing unless the person to be served did not, acting in good faith, through absence, accident, illness or other cause beyond the person’s control, receive the notice or document or receive it until a later date. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 15 (2).


(3) Despite subsections (1) and (2), the Board may order any other method of service of any notice or document mentioned in subsection (1). R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 15 (3).

Compensation not dependent on a conviction

16. (1) An order for compensation may be made whether or not any person is prosecuted for or convicted of the offence giving rise to the injury or death but the Board may, on its own initiative or upon the application of the Minister, adjourn its proceedings pending the final determination of a prosecution or intended prosecution. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 16 (1).

Capacity for criminal intent

(2) Even though a person for any reason is legally incapable of forming criminal intent, the person shall, for the purposes of this Act, be deemed to have intended an act or omission that caused injury or death for which compensation is payable under this Act. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 16 (2).

Considerations of Board

17. (1) In determining whether to make an order for compensation and the amount thereof, the Board shall have regard to all relevant circumstances, including any behaviour of the victim that may have directly or indirectly contributed to his or her injury or death. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 17 (1).


(2) The Board may, in its discretion, refuse to make an order for compensation or order a reduced amount of compensation where it is satisfied that the applicant has refused reasonable co-operation with, or failed to report promptly the offence to, a law enforcement agency. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 17 (2).


(3) In assessing compensation, the Board shall take into consideration any benefit, compensation or indemnity paid or payable to the applicant from any source other than social assistance. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 17 (3); 2000, c. 26, Sched. A, s. 4 (4).

Form of compensation

18. The Board may order compensation to be paid in a lump sum or in periodic payments, or both, as the Board thinks fit. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 18.

Maximum awards

19. (1) The amount awarded by the Board to be paid in respect of the injury or death of one victim shall not exceed,

(a) in the case of lump sum payments, $25,000; and

(b) in the case of periodic payments, $1,000 per month,

and where both lump sum and periodic payments are awarded, the lump sum shall not exceed half of the maximum therefor prescribed in clause (a). R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 19 (1).

Maximum total of payments for occurrence

(2) The total amount awarded by the Board to be paid to all applicants in respect of any one occurrence shall not exceed,

(a) in the case of lump sum payments, a total of $150,000; and

(b) in the case of periodic payments, a total of $365,000. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 19 (2); 2000, c. 26, Sched. A, s. 4 (5).

Proportional distribution

(3) Where the total amount awarded in respect of any one occurrence exceeds the maximum amount prescribed by subsection (2), the amount prescribed shall be distributed in proportion to the amounts of the awards that would otherwise have been made. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 19 (3).

Acts deemed an occurrence

(4) For the purposes of this section, the Board may deem more than one act to be one occurrence where the acts have a common relationship in time and place. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 19 (4).

Application of subss. (1) and (2)

(5) Subsection (1) does not apply to amounts awarded in respect of an injury or death incurred under clause 5 (b) or (c) and such amounts shall not be taken into account for the purposes of subsection (2). R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 19 (5).

Award not subject to garnishment, etc.

20. Any money paid or payable by way of compensation under this Act or held by the Public Trustee or other person under an order made by the Board under subsection 21 (3) is not subject to garnishment, attachment, execution, set-off or any other legal process and the right thereto is not assignable. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 20.

Conditions of payment

21. (1) An order for the payment of compensation may be made subject to such terms and conditions as the Board thinks fit,

(a) with respect to the payment, disposition, allotment or apportionment of the compensation; or

(b) as to the holding of the compensation or any part thereof in trust for the victim or the dependants, or any of them, whether as a fund for a class or otherwise. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 21 (1).


(2) Any compensation payable for expenses under section 7 may, in the discretion of the Board, be paid directly to the person entitled thereto. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 21 (2).

Payments in case of minor, etc.

(3) If a person entitled to an award under this Act is under the age of eighteen years or is of unsound mind or in the opinion of the Board is incapable of managing his or her own affairs, any amount payable may be paid on his or her behalf to his or her parent, spouse or committee or to the Public Trustee or may be paid to such other person or applied in such manner as the Board considers in the best interest of such person, and amounts so paid shall be received and administered by the payee for the benefit of the person. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 21 (3); 1999, c. 6, s. 11 (3); 2005, c. 5, s. 11 (4).


22. Despite section 19, the Board may, with respect to any hearing or other step in a proceeding under this Act, make such order as to costs as it thinks fit. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 22.


23. Subject to section 25, a decision of the Board is final except that an appeal lies to the Divisional Court from any decision of the Board on any question of law. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 23.

Release of exhibits

24. The Board shall, upon request, release documents and things put in evidence at a hearing to the lawful owner or the person entitled to possession thereof within a reasonable time after the matter in issue has been finally determined. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 24.

Variation of award

25. (1) The Board may at any time on its own initiative or on the application of the victim, any dependant of the victim, the Minister or the offender, vary an order for payment of compensation in such manner as the Board thinks fit, whether as to terms of the order or by increasing or decreasing the amount ordered to be paid, or otherwise. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 25 (1).


(2) In a proceeding under subsection (1), the Board shall consider,

(a) any new evidence that has become available;

(b) any change of circumstances that has occurred since the making of the order or any variation thereof, as the case may be, or that is likely to occur; and

(c) any other matter the Board considers relevant. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 25 (2).

Procedure, etc., on review

(3) This Act, except section 6, applies to a review under subsection (1) in the same manner as to an application for compensation. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 25 (3).

Civil proceedings

26. (1) Subject to subsections (2), (4) and (5), nothing in this Act affects the right of any person to recover from any other person by civil proceedings damages in respect of the injury or death. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 26 (1).


(2) The Board is subrogated to all the rights of the person to whom payment is made under this Act to recover damages by civil proceedings in respect of the injury or death and may maintain an action in the name of such person against any person against whom such action lies, and any amount recovered by the Board shall be applied,

(a) first, to payment of the costs actually incurred in the action and in levying execution; and

(b) second, to reimbursement of the Board for the value of the compensation awarded,

and the balance, if any, shall be paid to the person whose rights were subrogated. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 26 (2).


(3) The Board may elect to limit the amount for which it is subrogated to the amount of compensation that it has paid in respect of the person whose rights were subrogated by limiting its claim to the amount so paid and, where it so elects, may maintain the action in the name of the Minister. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 26 (3).


(4) Any settlement or release does not bar the rights of the Board under subsection (2) unless the Board has concurred therein. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 26 (4).

Civil actions

(5) An applicant for or a person awarded compensation shall forthwith notify the Board of any action brought against the offender who caused the injury or death of the victim. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 26 (5).

Right of subrogation

(5.1) The Board is entitled to be reimbursed, out of any amount recovered by the applicant from the offender or any other party, for the amount of compensation awarded to the applicant. 2000, c. 26, Sched. A, s. 4 (6).

Person to assist

(6) A person awarded compensation shall give the Board such information and co-operation as he or she can furnish to assist the Board in maintaining a subrogated action for damages against the offender who caused the injury or death of the victim. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 26 (6).

Payment of compensation

27. (1) Compensation ordered to be paid shall be paid out of the money appropriated therefor by the Legislature. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 27 (1).

Disposition of money recovered

(2) Any reimbursement to the Board under section 26 shall be paid into the Consolidated Revenue Fund. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 27 (2).


28. The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations,

(a) prescribing rules of practice and procedure in respect of applications to the Board and proceedings of the Board;

(b) requiring the payment of fees in respect of any matter in the jurisdiction of the Board, including witness fees, and prescribing the amounts thereof;

(c) prescribing forms for the purposes of this Act and providing for their use;

(d) respecting any matter necessary or advisable to carry out effectively the intent and purpose of this Act. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 28.

Agreements with Canada

29. The Crown in right of Ontario represented by the Minister, with the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council, may make agreements with the Crown in right of Canada respecting the payment by Canada to Ontario of such part of the expenditures required for the purposes of this Act as is agreed upon. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.24, s. 29.