Compensation Fund – Missing Women Commission of Inquiry

On March 18, 2014, Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton announced that ninety-eight children of B.C.’s missing and murdered women are eligible to share $4.9 million from the province, the Government of Canada and the City of Vancouver, pursuant to a key recommendation of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry.

More details about this compensation fund can be found below.

Questions and Answers

1. What is the compensation fund?

  • The province, the Government of Canada and the City of Vancouver have established a $4.9 million fund to compensate 98 children of the missing and murdered women identified in the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry report.
  • The compensation fund was a key recommendation of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry.

2. How much funding is available?

  • The total compensation available for each eligible individual is $50,000.
  • The province has identified 98 eligible children for a total of $4.9 million.

3. When does the funding become available?

  • The funding will be available as of April 1, 2014.
  • Although the funds will be available beginning in April 2014, some administrative details – such as confirming identities and having necessary documents notarized – will need to be completed before compensation payments can be issued.

4. Why are the governments of B.C., Canada, and the City of Vancouver providing this compensation?

  • The compensation fund was a key recommendation of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry (MWCI).
  • The compensation being provided is intended to provide an opportunity to enhance education, housing or other circumstances as they progress with their lives.

5. Who is eligible?

  • All living, biological children of the 67 missing and murdered women identified in the MWCI report are eligible for a $50,000 payment from this compensation fund.

6. Is there a way to find out if I am eligible? Will someone contact me if I am?

  • The province has confirmed 98 individuals who are eligible for compensation, and will be contacting these individuals where contact information is available.
  • If you are a biological child of one of the women identified in the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry report and you have not yet been contacted, please call 1-844-660-3870 (toll free) or email compensationfund@gov.bc.ca.

7. What is the process for getting the compensation? How do I apply?

  • Government has confirmed 98 individuals who are eligible for compensation, and will be contacting these individuals where contact information is available.
  • If you are a biological child of one of the women identified in the MWCI report and you have not yet been contacted, please call 1-844-660-3870 (toll free) or email compensationfund@gov.bc.ca.
  • Individuals confirmed to be eligible for compensation will then be contacted by the Public Guardian and Trustee of BC and sent a package of materials, with information about the application process.
  • All applicants will be required to prove their identity and must have necessary documents notarized.
  • All applicants will be required to sign a release as a condition of payment.
  • Additional information on the application process may be found on the Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia website.

8. Where can I find more information about the compensation process and whether I am eligible?

  • For more information including help determining eligibility, please call 1-844-660-3870 (toll free) or email compensationfund@gov.bc.ca.

9. Do I need a lawyer to apply for funding?

  • No, you do not need to hire a lawyer to apply for funding.
  • There is a requirement to have documents notarized by a notary public or a lawyer. This fee will be covered by the provincial government.

10. If eligible, when can I expect to receive the compensation?

  • Funding will become available April 1, 2014.
  • Some administrative details – such as confirming identities and having necessary documents notarized – will need to be completed before compensation payments can be issued.
  • Once the application process is complete and relevant documents notarized, the payment process will follow. It is anticipated that payments should be processed within a period of 4 weeks following the application process.

11. Are there other supports available aside from the compensation funds?

  • For individuals eligible for compensation, optional support and assistance with financial planning will be offered through the Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia.
  • In addition, children and other immediate family members of the women identified in the MWCI report may be eligible for benefits (including counseling) through the Crime Victim Assistance Program. For more information, please call 1 866 660-3888 (toll-free) or visit the website.
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