The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced the new Canadian Benefit for Parents of Young Victims of Crime on May 25, 2018. The Canadian Benefit for Parents of Young Victims of Crime replaces the former Parents of Murdered or Missing Children grant and provides enhanced support to parents facing tragic circumstances. The following improvements will take effect as of September 30, 2018:
- the age limit of the young victim changes to under 25 (from under 18);
- the weekly benefit payment increases to $450 (from $350);
- the period in which recipients can receive the benefit extends to two years (from one year);
- recipients are now allowed to work up to 50 percent of their regular work week, up to a maximum of 20 hours weekly, and;
- the requirement that parents attest that their child was not a willing party to the crime is eliminated for children under 14 years of age.
The Government also intends to amend the Canada Labour Code to ensure that employees in the federally-regulated private sector have job protected leave while receiving the benefit.
Backgrounder: Parental Sharing Benefit