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Changes to the Crime Victims Assistance Act

Key changes to the CVAA will:

  • expand access to benefits for grandparents and grandchildren by removing the requirement that they were financially dependent on a victim to be eligible for benefits; and
  • expand the definition of witness by ensuring that for those who witness violent crime in their communities are eligible for support.
    • this removes the requirement that a witness had a strong emotional attachment to a victim; and
    • extend the time limit for making an application for benefits from one year to two years, which will align with the time limit for civil claims in B.C.
  • Since the program’s inception in 2002, CVAP has provided over more than $275 million in benefits to victims, immediate family members and witnesses.  
  • In 2022-23, CVAP received more than 4,700 applications from victims, immediate family members and witnesses and distributed nearly $17 million in benefits.