Harper Government Announces New Income Support Program for Parents of Victims of Crime

SIMCOE, ONTARIO, April 20, 2012 — In advance of the seventh annual National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, Minister Diane Finley today highlighted the Harper Government’s new income support program for parents who take time off work to cope with the death or disappearance of a child which occurred as a result of a crime.

“Our Government is taking decisive action to be tougher on crime and delivering on our commitment to provide more support for victims and families,” said Minister Finley. “The income support benefit being announced today will ease the financial pressure on parents while they are coping with the death or disappearance of a child.”

Our Government recognizes that losing a child is a deeply traumatic experience, and that many parents faced with such an ordeal need time away from work to cope and recover. Beginning on January 1, 2013, the new Federal Income Support for Parents of Murdered or Missing Children will provide support to eligible parents who suffer a loss of income as a result of taking time away from work to cope with the death or disappearance of a child that was caused by a Criminal Code offence.

This new benefit responds to the concerns and calls of victims’ groups and delivers on the Harper Government’s commitment to support the parents of murdered or missing children. It is also part of the Government’s ongoing actions to support victims of crime and is in line with the Federal Victims Strategy, which aims to improve the experience of victims of crime in the criminal justice system.

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For further information:

Alyson Queen
Director of Communications
Office of Minister Finley
819-994-2482

Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
819-994-5559