British Columbia

Crime Victim Assistance Program

Easy application

Tax filing not required

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This program supports victims of crime, their immediate family members and witnesses.

The Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP) assists victims, immediate family members and some witnesses in coping with the effects of violent crime. It provides financial benefits to help offset financial losses and assist in recovery. A victim is a person who is injured physically or psychologically as a result of certain crimes committed in British Columbia.

To be eligible for this program, you must be:

  • A victim of a violent crime committed in British Columbia.
  • A family member of a victim of violent crime committed in British Columbia
  • A witness to a violent crime committed in British Columbia.

Benefits for victims of crime include:

  • Medical and dental services.
  • Prescription drug expenses.
  • Counselling.
  • Protective measures.
  • Replacement of damaged or destroyed eyeglasses, clothing and disability aids.
  • Childcare and homemaker services.
  • Disability aids and related disability expenses or services.
  • Support for a child born because of a crime.
  • Vocational services.
  • Income support or lost earning capacity.
  • Transportation and related expenses.
  • Crime scene cleaning.

Benefits for immediate family members include:

  • Counselling
  • Prescription drugs
  • Transportation
  • Crime scene cleaning
  • Travel costs for the family of a deceased victim

In cases involving fatalities, benefits also include:

  • Funeral expenses
  • Bereavement leave
  • Other benefits to support spouses, children and financially dependent family members

Benefits for witnesses include:

  • Counselling
  • Prescription drugs
  • Transportation to attend counselling
  • Crime scene cleaning

The program cannot cover the following types of losses:

  • Compensation for pain and suffering
  • Property-related offences, including stolen or lost items or money
  • Injury or loss from motor vehicle accidents
  • Injury or loss from work-related incidents covered by workers’ compensation

Social Insurance Number

  • confirmation of SIN letter
  • plastic SIN card (non-expired)

To submit an electronic application by email:

  1. Download the electronic application form on a computer.
  2. Save the electronic application form to your computer.
  3. Open the saved application form using the free Adobe Reader program.
  4. Complete the electronic application, you must sign and date both the Authorization and Declaration in Sections 7 & 8. Applications without the required signatures will be returned to you.
  5. Email signed application and any attachments to: cvap@gov.bc.ca
  6. Delete these documents when you're done if you are concerned for your safety and privacy.
  7. If you need help, contact the Crime Victim Assistance Program at 604-660-3888 or toll-free in B.C. at 1-866-660-3888.

To apply by mail:

  1. Print out the appropriate printable form.
  2. Follow the instructions on the form to complete and mail it to the Crime Victim Assistance Program.
  3. Mail the original application and any attachments to: Crime Victim Assistance Program PO Box 5550, Stn Terminal Vancouver, BC V6B 1H1.
  4. If you need help, contact the Crime Victim Assistance Program at 604-660-3888 or toll-free in B.C. at 1-866-660-3888.

In most cases, the application must be received within one year from the date the crime took place. You do not have to wait for charges to be laid or for the offender to be convicted before applying for benefits.

Extensions to the one-year time limit are made in the following situations:

  • The applicant is under 19. In this case, the victim has until they turn 20 to apply. Minors can apply on their own or a parent or guardian can apply on their behalf.
  • The crime is a sexual offence that occurred after July 1, 1972. In this case, the victim (including minors) can apply at any time. The victim’s immediate family members must apply within one year of the date the crime took place or when the crime became known to them.
  • The program provides an extension because the applicant could not, for a variety of reasons, reasonably have been expected to complete an application within one year.

Last updated: April 9, 2021