Memorial Grant Program for First Responders
When firefighters, police officers and paramedics put their safety on the line, they are acting in service to all Canadians.
In recognition of the critical role of first responders in protecting Canadians, the Memorial Grant Program for First Responders will provide a one-time lump sum, tax-free direct maximum payment of $300,000 to the families of first responders who have died as a result of their duties.
The Memorial Grant is a non-economic benefit and does not compensate families of first responders for monetary loss (income replacement) or serve as life insurance, but rather, is in recognition of their service and sacrifice.
How do I know if I am eligible?
A surviving family member is considered an eligible recipient if they meet all of the following criteria:
- The first responder resided in a province or territory that has signed a Memorandum of Agreement in respect of this Grant with Canada
- Note: The families of ALL first responders employed by Indigenous Communities, including First Nations, Inuit and Metis, are eligible regardless of which province or territory the first responder worked in.
- The first responder was an individual who was employed or formally engaged to carry out the duties of a police officer, firefighter or paramedic (volunteers, auxiliary and reservists will be considered in accordance with the eligibility criteria).
- The death resulted from:
- A fatal injury while actively engaged in the duties of a first responder in Canada;
- An occupational illness primarily resulting from employment as a first responder; or
- A psychological impairment or operational stress injury (e.g., PTSI), specifically suicide.
- The date of death was on or after April 1, 2018.
- You are either (in 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.
Who can apply?
Only survivors of a fallen first responder who has died on or after April 1, 2018, should apply for the Memorial Grant Program.
The application process will be supported by a third-party service provider. Public Safety Canada is currently pursuing a competitive procurement process to select a service provider to support the delivery of this initiative. The service provider will review all applications to assess eligibility.
Surviving family members can reach out to Public Safety Canada
In the meantime, surviving family members of a fallen first responder can ask Public Safety Canada to notify them when the third-party service provider is accepting applications. Survivors can email contact information to Public Safety Canada using the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org. A unique tracking number will be issued to you, where appropriate.
Survivors that have asked for a call back and have been issued a unique tracking number will be contacted by the third-party service provider as soon as the forms are ready for completion. Additionally, as soon as it becomes possible to apply, a link to the services will be provided here.
Should you have any additional questions, not relating to eligibility, please feel free to contact Service Canada toll free at 1-866-890-6976 or TTY at 1-800-926-9105.
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