When children become victims of crime, families experience their worst nightmare. They often miss work, leave the paid labour force and/or experience financial strain. In response, the Federal Income Support for Parents of Murdered or Missing Children (PMMC) was introduced in 2013.
On May 25, 2018, Employment and Social Development Canada announced changes aimed at enhancing support for families experiencing the death or disappearance of a child. The existing program (PMMC) will be renamed the Canadian Benefit for Parents of Young Victims of Crime and extended to include more families and provide working parents with greater flexibility in accessing and utilizing this benefit.
Changes to the program include:
- Increasing the weekly grant/benefit payment from $350 to $450
- Raising the age limit of the young victim from under 18 to under 25
- Doubling the period in which recipients can receive the grant from 52 to 104 weeks
- Allowing grant recipients to continue working up to 50% of their regular weekly hours (up to 20 hours per week)
- Eliminating the requirement that parents attest that their child was not a willing party to the crime if their child is under age 14
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Published on May 25, 2018