New changes to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board as of October 1, 2019

  • September 27, 2019
  • BakerLaw

The Government of Ontario announced plans to enhance the Victim Quick Response Program (VQRP) to replace the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB). The program will be known as the Victim Quick Response Program + (VQRP+), which builds on the existing VQRP program by making it easier for victims and their families to access services and supports and getting them support faster. The CICB will be replaced by the VQRP+, into a new “one-window access system” for victims seeking financial assistance.

It is anticipated that victims will not be forced to relive their trauma through a long and complex adjudicative process, and will quickly receive the supports they need, often within days of applying, and, in some cases, immediately.

The transition into the new VQRP+ will take effect as of October 1, 2019.

As part of this transition, the CICB will continue to accept applications until 11:59pm on September 30, 2019. The CICB will continue to process all applications received on or before September 30, 2019 according to its regular processes.

As of October 1, 2019, individuals seeking compensation for costs that result from being a victim of crime should contact the Victim Quick Response Program + (VQRP+).

You can read more about the changes to the CICB here (link).

You can also access the news release by the Ministry of the Attorney General here (link).

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