What is the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board? I Was Assaulted. Can I Make a Claim?
Yes, if you are the victim of a violent crime in Ontario, or the family member of a deceased victim of a violent crime, you are eligible to commence an application at the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (“CICB”).
The CICB provides financial compensation to victims of violent crimes for physical injuries and/or psychological harm, including for pain and suffering, loss of income, and treatment expenses. However, the maximum award that the CICB will pay as a lump sum is $25,000; ongoing monthly periodic awards up to $1,000 per month can also be made. The limitation period for commencing an application is two years from the date of the crime, although this deadline can be extended in certain cases.
If you believe that you may have a claim at the CICB, it is important to speak with a lawyer to explore your options, as you may also be entitled to commence a legal action against the assailant or some other party (e.g., nightclub that overserved). The CICB, in other words, is just one of many options that may be available to provide compensation in such cases.