Department of Justice

Victim Services Programs & Initiatives

Victim Services

Victims of Crime Emergency Fund (VCEF)

There is no compensation fund for victims of crime. However, the Victims of Crime Emergency Fund (VCEF) can provide immediate emergency assistance to victims of crime.

It is a fund of last resort, designed for victims who haven’t been able to get support from other sources such as Social Assistance, First Nations, Insurance, a shelter or community group.

What the fund covers

If you are eligible, you may be able to get funding for:

  • Short-term counselling
  • Crime scene clean-up
  • Emergency home repair for immediate safety
  • Emergency accommodation
  • Emergency child care and dependency support
  • Certain transportation costs
  • Medical expenses
  • Other items considered as emergency, at the discretion of Victim Services.

To apply for emergency funding

To find out if you are eligible for funding, please read the VCEF Eligibility and Fact Sheet or contact Victim Services.

You will need to meet with us to open a file. You do not have to report the crime in order to access this fund.

In some cases, people other than the victim may apply on the victim’s behalf.