Memorial Grant Program for First Responders Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the effective date for eligibility?
The effective date for the Memorial Grant Program for First Responders is April 1, 2018. For eligibility, the date of death must be on or after April 1, 2018. The Grant will not be retroactive.
Who qualifies as a First Responder?
Qualifying First Responders include:
- Police officers
To qualify as a first responder, an individual must be employed or formally engaged to carry out the duties by a Canadian emergency service in Canada in the above mentioned groups. This includes all volunteers, auxiliary, reservists and cross-trained personnel.
First responders could have worked for a province or territory, a municipality, a district or region, an indigenous emergency service or the federal government.
Who is eligible for the Memorial Grant Program for First Responders?
Families of first responders who die as a result of their duties are eligible to receive a one-time lump-sum direct payment of $300,000, based upon the following order of priority:
- The spouse or common law partner; or
- If there is no surviving spouse or common law partner, to a surviving child or children divided in equal amounts; or
- If there is no surviving child, to a surviving parent or parents divided in equal amounts; or
- If there is no surviving parent, to surviving brothers and sisters divided in equal amounts; or
- If there are no surviving brothers and sisters, to the deceased’s estate.
What is a line of duty death?
Line of duty deaths includes any death attributable to, and resulting from, the performance of official duties in the following circumstances:
- Death resulting from a fatal injury (e.g., gunshot wound, stabbing, car accident, etc.) while actively engaged in the duties of a first responder in Canada.
- Death resulting from an occupational illness primarily resulting from employment as a first responder (e.g., lung cancer, leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, heart injury or other illness).
- Death resulting from, or reasonably attributable to, psychological impairment, specifically suicide, based on a pre-existing diagnosis or other evidence of an operational stress injury.
What is the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that is part of the eligibility requirements?
Provinces and Territories must sign a Memorandum of Agreement with the Government of Canada for residents to be eligible for the Memorial Grant. This requirement is to ensure that the full amount of the Memorial Grant would not be subject to reductions/clawbacks/offsets by other levels of government from other benefits that may be payable to the families of first responders.
Grant Applications will be reviewed and processed by our Third-Party Service Provider; however the Grant will only be payable following signature by a Province or Territory.
How do I file an application for the Memorial Grant Program?
While the Memorial Grant Program takes effect on April 1, 2018, the Government is still working on a system to accept applications. As soon as it becomes available, a link will be posted on Public Safety Canada’s website.
Do I have a specific timeframe to apply for the Memorial Grant Program?
You may apply for the Memorial Grant Program at any time after the death of the first responder. Information on how to submit your application and the required documents will be available once the system becomes available to accept applications. As soon as it becomes available, a link will be posted on Public Safety Canada’s website.
Who can I contact for further information?
For further information on the Memorial Grant Program, you may contact the Memorial Grant Program at email@example.com.
Is the Memorial Grant Tax-free?
Yes, the Memorial Grant is tax-free. It will be paid as a one-time lump-sum payment to eligible families of first responders who have died as a result of their duties in recognition of their service and sacrifice in protecting Canadians.
Any Grant payment will not need to be entered into your taxes as income.
Do I qualify for the Memorial Grant Program if I have been permanently disabled in the line of duty?
The Government of Canada committed to enhance compensation benefits for public safety officers who are permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty. The Memorial Grant Program for First Responders recognizes the service and sacrifice of Canada’s police officers, firefighters and paramedics who die in the line of duty, with a grant payment to eligible families. It does not cover those who have been permanently disabled in the line of duty.
Why is the Government looking to a third-party to handle the administration of the Memorial Grant Program?
Assessing applications requires highly specialized expertise that Public Safety Canada does not have in-house. These services will be provided in a more cost-effective and efficient manner by a third-party administrator that specializes in this type of work and already has the in-house training programs, call service, website, expertise and other related services in place.
Contracting a third-party administrator to deliver these services at arms-length from the Government will also demonstrate a fair and transparent decision-making process.
The emphasis on a sensitive, client-service approach in dealing with Memorial Grant Program applications responds to concerns raised by the Auditor General about government services; the program is being tailored to recognize and respond to the needs of grieving families.
Will my personal information be protected?
Requirements to comply with the Privacy Act and all handling of personal information will be part of the contract with the Third-Party Service Provider. Public Safety Canada and the Third-Party Service Provider will make all legally required arrangements to safeguard the personal information in its control by protecting it against such risks as unauthorized access, collection, use, disclosure or disposal.
The information obtained from the Third Party Administrator will be kept, retained and disposed of in compliance with Treasury Board Policy on Government Security and in accordance with Library and Archives of Canada Act.
Can I leave my contact information with you so that I may be updated once a system becomes available to accept applications?
Yes, if you would like to be contacted directly about applying for the Memorial Grant Program once it becomes available, you may leave you contact information with us. A unique tracking number will be issued to you. Anyone who has asked for a call back and has been issued a unique identifier number will be contacted by the Service Provider as soon as the forms are ready for applicants to complete.
Does an applicant eligible for assessment need to provide original copies of listed application requirements?
Documents submitted in support of your application must be certified in accordance with the provincial law of your residence as “true-copies” of the original documents. Public Safety Canada is not responsible for obtaining documents or any associated costs with the application process. All cost incurred are the responsibility of the applicant(s).
To whom should an attestation or supporting documentation be addressed to?
Documents submitted in support of your application can either be addressed using a general salutation or to the Memorial Grant Program for First Responders.
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