Department of Justice Canada

Department of Justice Canada

April 18, 2008 16:53 ET

The Government of Canada Continues to Support Victims of Crime

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 18, 2008) - Today, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, is pleased to announce funding for various organizations in the province of British Columbia to help commemorate the Third Annual National Victims of Crime Awareness Week (see list in backgrounder).

"Our Government believes that we can do more to better meet the needs of victims of crime - victims expect and deserve no less" said Minister Nicholson. "We are taking action to give victims what they deserve: greater support and a more effective voice in the federal justice system."

The Third Annual National Victims of Crime Awareness Week takes place from April 13 to 19. During the week, victims services in communities across Canada organize events to commemorate coming together to support victims of crime. Many of these events are made possible by Victims Fund grants, administered by the Department of Justice Canada. Up to $5,000 per project was provided through the Victims Fund to those projects that advance the goals of the Week.

"We are committed to a fair and effective criminal justice system with a priority to protect Canadians; a system in which victims have a strong voice," said the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety. "This is why our government is determined to take decisive steps to reform our corrections system with a view to holding offenders accountable for their actions and rebalancing the rights of victims versus those of offenders."

In April 2007, this Government committed $52 million over four years to increase the availability of services for victims of crime. That money continues to expand the resources available to victims who choose to attend parole hearings, who experience crime while abroad, and who live in northern communities. Furthermore, the appointment last year of the first Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime also fulfilled the Government's long-standing commitment to better meet the needs of victims of crime in matters of federal jurisdiction.

It is also important to prevent other people from becoming victims. This is why for the last two years this Government has been getting things done for Canadians:

- As of May 1, 2008, our children will be better protected from sexual predators and those of commit a serious crime with a gun will face tougher sentences and bail conditions; and

- As of July 2, 2008, Canadian society will be better protected from dangerous offenders, and alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers will face tougher consequences.

In addition to tackling violent crime and in keeping with its commitment to make Canadian communities safer, the Government of Canada has also:

- Introduced legislation to tackle property theft, including the serious crime of auto theft;

- Passed legislation to increase penalties for those convicted of street racing;

- Passed legislation to end conditional sentences (house arrest) for serious personal injury and violent offences, including sexual assault;

- Introduced a National Anti-Drug Strategy, including legislation that would provide mandatory jail time for serious drug crimes;

- Introduced legislation to strengthen the Youth Criminal Justice Act; and announced a comprehensive review of this Act in 2008;

- Introduced legislation to protect Canadians against identity theft; and

- Invested in crime prevention community projects across Canada that target youth.

Further information can be found on the following websites:

National Victims of Crime Awareness Week

Policy Centre for Victim Issues at the Department of Justice Canada:

National Office for Victims of Crime at the Department of Public Safety:


Organizations which have received funding in support of National Victims
Crime Awareness Week 2008 in the province of British Columbia include:

Organization: Child Abuse Prevention and Counselling Society of Greater
Location: Victoria, British Columbia
Amount: $5,000

Organization: Information Services Vancouver
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Amount: $4,880.00

Organization: Law Courts Education Society of British Columbia
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Amount: $1, 320.00 (2007/2008), $3, 680.00 (2008/2009)

Organization: Nelson Police Victim Services
Location: Nelson, British Columbia
Amount: $5, 000

Organization: Vancouver Island Men's Trauma Counselling Society
Location: Victoria, British Columbia
Amount: $3,393.00

Organization: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support
Services Society
Location: Burnaby, British Columbia
Amount: $5,000

Organization: Women Against Violence Against Women Rape Crisis Centre
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Amount: $5,000

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Justice
    Darren Eke
    Press Secretary
    Department of Justice Canada
    Media Relations