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Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB)

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) is an independent agency that awards compensation to victims of violent crime that resulted in personal injury or death as defined by the Compensation for Victims of Crime Act. Compensation may be awarded where a Criminal Code of Canada offence has been committed in the Province of Ontario. Offences involving motor vehicles are excluded unless the vehicle was used as a weapon. Applicants may receive compensation to cover expenses including the following

  • Expenses actually and reasonably incurred resulting from the victim's injury or death.
  • Emergency expenses resulting from a personal injury or death, such as medical expenses, funeral expenses generally up to a maximum of $6,000.00 and interim counselling generally up to $5,000.00.
  • Loss of wages generally to a maximum of $250.00 per week, as a consequence of the total or partial disability affecting the victim's capacity to work.
  • Financial loss to the dependants of a deceased victim.
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Maintenance of a child born as a result of a sexual assault.
  • Personal loss and property damage are excluded under the Act. To obtain more information and/or an application form, please contact:

    Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
    439 University Avenue, 4th Floor
    Toronto, Ontario
    M5G 1Y8
    Toll-Free: 1-800-372-7463
    Toronto Calling Area: 416-326-2900

  • Application Process

    You should apply as soon as possible. A claim for compensation must be received within two years of the crime. Extensions of this time limit may be granted, so contact EOLC for help.

    You should have copies of all medical reports describing your injuries and/or treatment, bills and receipts showing your expenses, and your employer’s statement showing your wages and benefits

    What Happens After You Apply?

  • Your eligibility is confirmed.
  • Your documents are checked for completeness.
  • Your case is assigned to an analyst.
  • A request is made for supporting documentation.
  • In most cases, notification is sent to the offender/alleged offender. The offender/alleged offender will not be notified in cases of domestic assault, child abuse or sex based crimes.
  • The Board pays the full cost of hospital records and up to $100.00 for dental, medical and therapy reports it asked you to provide.
  • A panel of Board Members hears your claim and a decision is made. The Board decides whether you are entitled to compensation in one of two ways:

    1. Documentary Hearing Simple and straightforward matters are decided on documentary evidence alone. This reduces travel time, expenses and the need to take time away from work.

    2. Oral Hearing At an oral hearing, you will testify about your claim to a panel of two Board Members. Most hearings are open to the public, however, cases involving domestic assault, child abuse, or sexual assault are heard in private. Hearings in the area of EOLC are held in London or Kitchener (whichever is closer).

    3. Electronic Hearing: the applicant attends at the location where the board is sitting and the offender/alleged offender, along with their witnesses attend at another location. The offender/alleged offender participates in the hearing by means of a telephone conference call.


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