Department of Justice Canada

Department of Justice Canada

February 03, 2012 10:47 ET

Government Provides Funding for Victims in Newfoundland and Labrador

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Feb. 3, 2012) - The Government of Canada announced today funding towards enhancing services to victims of crime in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The announcement was made by Robert Goguen, M.P. for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe and Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

"Our Government is committed to providing victims of crime with the voice they deserve in the criminal justice system," said Goguen. "We will continue to ensure that resources and programs are in place to meet the needs of victims of crime in Newfoundland and Labrador and across Canada."

Through its Victims Fund, the Department of Justice Canada will provide the Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (PLIAN) with $50,000 for the project "Reaching out to Victims of Violence: Using Webinars to Provide Legal Information to Service Providers." The funding will specifically assist PLIAN in developing webinar presentations for service providers in rural and remote areas of the province and to provide information on obtaining emergency protection orders and peace bonds for victims of violence.

"Our mandate is to educate the people of our province about the law," said Maria Kyriacou, Executive Director of PLIAN. "PLIAN will use this funding to equip service providers with the legal knowledge they need to educate and assist victims of crime in Newfoundland and Labrador. PLIAN's partnership with the Government of Canada will thus support victims of crime in our province."

The funding was made available through the Victims Fund, a grants and contributions program administered by the Department of Justice Canada. The Fund currently has a budget of $10.2 million per year to give victims of crime a more effective voice in the criminal justice system.

More information about the Victims Fund and the Government's approach to victims of crime can be found at the Department of Justice Canada's website.

Internet: www.canada.justice.gc.ca

Backgrounder:

Funding for the Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador

Through its Victims Fund, the Department of Justice Canada will provide the Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (PLIAN) with $50,000 for the project "Reaching out to Victims of Violence: Using Webinars to Provide Legal Information to Service Providers." The funding will specifically assist PLIAN in developing webinar presentations for service providers in rural and remote areas of the province and to provide information on obtaining emergency protection orders and peace bonds for victims of violence.

Federal Victims Strategy / Victims Fund

As part of the Economic Action Plan, Budget 2011 extended the Federal Victims Strategy by announcing funding of $26 million over two years. The Strategy is led by the Department of Justice Canada. Working in collaboration with other federal departments to ensure a consistent approach to victim issues, the Department consults with victims, victim advocates, and service providers and others involved in the criminal justice system to identify issues of concern and to facilitate policy development and criminal law reform.

The Victims Fund is a grants and contributions program administered by the Department of Justice. The Fund currently has $10.2 million a year available to give victims of crime a more effective voice in the criminal justice system.

The objectives of the Victims Fund are to:

  • promote access to justice and participation by victims in the justice system;
  • promote the development of law, policies and programs for victims;
  • promote the implementation of principles, guidelines and laws designed to address the needs of victims of crime and articulate the victim's role in the criminal justice system;
  • increase knowledge and awareness of the impact of victimization, the needs of victims of crime, available services, assistance and programs, and relevant legislation;
  • encourage governmental and non-governmental organizations to identify victim needs and gaps in services, and develop and deliver programs, services and assistance to victims;
  • promote capacity building within non-governmental organizations; and to
  • provide direct, limited, emergency financial assistance to individual victims in certain specified circumstances.

More information is available on the Department of Justice Canada's website.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Justice
    Julie Di Mambro
    Press Secretary
    613-992-4621

    Department of Justice Canada
    Media Relations
    613-957-4207
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