Overview

The Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) counselling program provides referrals to short-term counselling for children and youth victims of internet sexual exploitation and their impacted family members. If you are eligible for the program, your maximum counselling coverage is based on if you are the victim or an immediate family member. The goal of the program is to quickly provide support to victims by helping them find a counsellor in their area and directly covering those counselling sessions. The counselling is meant to help with recovery from the victimization that has been experienced and improve coping skills.

Eligibility

You are eligible to use the program if:

  • you live in Ontario and the services are provided in Ontario
  • you have not received comparable funding from another government program for the same occurrence, such as Victim Quick Response Program+
  • there are no other resources available (for example, private insurance plan or other publicly funded services)

You must also be either:

  • a survivor who was under the age of 18 when the crime took place
  • a member of the survivor’s immediate family
  • an impacted family member, and have not been charged regarding the same occurrence or charged and convicted for an offence against a child

Immediate family members include:

  • birth parent, step parent or adoptive parent
  • custodial guardian
  • birth sibling or step sibling
  • grandparent

Where to find services

The counselling services are available across Ontario and administered through BOOST Child & Youth Advocacy Centre.

If you are eligible for the program you can contact BOOST Child & Youth Advocacy Centre:

A person from BOOST Child & Youth Advocacy Centre will help you find a counselor in your community and start your immediate counselling sessions.

Coverage

Eligible applicants can apply to receive one-time counselling coverage up to a maximum of:

  • $1,500 coverage for each eligible child or youth
  • $1,000 coverage for impacted immediate family members

You will not receive this money directly; BOOST Child & Youth Advocacy Centre is responsible for all payments to the counsellor you choose once your appointments start. You must use the allowable coverage for counselling within six months of your first session.