The Memorial Grant Program for First Responders Terms and Conditions

1. Authorities

Under section 4(1) of the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Act, the powers, duties and functions of the Minister extend to and include all matters over which Parliament has jurisdiction — and that have not been assigned by law to another department, board or agency of the Government of Canada — relating to public safety and emergency preparedness.

Under section 4(2) the Minister is also responsible for exercising leadership at the national level relating to public safety and emergency preparedness.

Under paragraphs 6(1) (a) and (c), the Minister, in exercising his or her powers and in performing his or her duties and functions and with due regard to the powers conferred on the provinces and territories, may initiate, recommend, coordinate, implement or promote policies, programs or projects relating to public safety and emergency preparedness; and may make grants or contributions.

Combined, these authorities generally enable the Minister to provide programs such as the Memorial Grant Program for First Responders and other grants or contributions within Public Safety Canada (PS).

2. Definitions

These terms and conditions apply in relation to a First Responder residing in a Province or Territory that has signed a Memorandum of Agreement in respect of this Memorial Grant with Canada.

For the purposes of this Memorial Grant Program, the following definitions apply to these terms and conditions:

First Responder: An individual who was employed or formally engaged to carry out the duties of a police officer, firefighter, or paramedic by a Canadian emergency service in Canada.

Police Officer: An individual who was employed or formally engaged as a volunteer, auxiliary or reservist by a provincial, territorial, regional, municipal or indigenous police service to perform duties that protect the public; detect, prevent or investigate crime; or perform other policing activities. This may also include those who plan, organize, direct, and control police force administration and police activities. At the federal level, this includes the following individuals in respect of the officers and members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police commonly known as:

Firefighter: An individual who was employed or formally engaged as a volunteer, auxiliary or reservist by a provincial, territorial, regional, municipal or indigenous fire service to perform firefighting, fire prevention activities, and assist in other emergencies. This may also include those who plan, organize, direct, and control firefighting operations and fire prevention activities.

Paramedic: An individual who was employed or formally engaged as a volunteer, auxiliary or reservist by a provincial, territorial, regional, municipal or indigenous paramedic or ambulance service to perform duties related to the administration of pre-hospital emergency medical care to patients with injuries or medical illnesses, including transportation to hospitals or other medical facilities for further emergency medical care. A paramedic may also be known as an emergency medical attendant (EMA), emergency medical technician (EMT), and ambulance attendant.

Eligible beneficiaries: An individual who is able to demonstrate and provides evidence of relationship to a deceased first responder as described below. Eligible beneficiaries are to be determined and paid in accordance with the following descending order of priority:

3. Objectives

The objective of this Memorial Grant is to recognize the service and sacrifice of Canada's first responders as defined above whose deaths are attributable to their duties, including deaths resulting from occupational illness or psychological impairment (i.e., suicide), while keeping Canadians safe.

4. Key Expected Results and Indicators

As an acknowledgement of the critical role that first responders play in protecting Canadians, the Memorial Grant for First Responders is intended to recognize the service and sacrifice of Canada's first responders, resulting in a well supported community of first responders and their families.

The program contributes to the achievement of departmental and governmental objectives by contributing to enhanced public safety, ultimately leading to a safe and resilient Canada. The program aligns with section 1.3.2, Law Enforcement Leadership of PS's Program Activity Architecture, which provides leadership to Canada's law enforcement community.

The Performance Measurement Strategy for this program outlines a plan that will be implemented by the Department to ensure that there is sufficient performance information available to effectively plan, monitor, and report on results throughout the delivery of the Program, and to effectively support evaluation of the Program.

Output(s)/Outcome(s)

Performance Indicator(s)

Stakeholders are aware of the Memorial Grant Program for First Responders (i.e., eligibility criteria)

  • percentage of stakeholders who indicate program awareness
  • number of website page views to the Memorial Grant Program for First Responders webpage
  • percentage of eligible applicants who apply for the Memorial Grant Program

Well-managed and well established Memorial Grant Program for First Responders responsive to stakeholders needs

  • elapsed time from submission of a completed application claim and decision
  • elapsed time from receipt of a decision at Public Safety to payment and/or notification
  • percentage of total expenditures directed to the administration of the program
  • percentage of favourable decisions and/or rejections made without requesting a level of review or appeal

Well-supported community of first responders and their families

  • percentage of first responders and/or their families perceive the Memorial Grant Program positively
  • percentage of stakeholder groups who perceive the Memorial Grant Program positively

5. Eligible Recipients and Criteria

Eligible recipients must be an "eligible beneficiary" as defined in these terms and conditions and the death of the first responder must meet all of the following incident eligibility criteria.

Incident Eligibility

For the purposes of this Memorial Grant Program for First Responders, death must be attributable to, and resulting from the performance of duties in the following circumstances:

The date of death must be on or after April 1, 2018.

The Memorial Grant will not be paid in the following situations:

6. Eligible Activities

The Memorial Grant for First Responders is intended to recognize the service and sacrifice of Canada's first responders in keeping Canadians safe. The Memorial Grant may be payable following signature by a Province or Territory of a Memorandum of Agreement with Canada, submission of a properly completed application and a determination that:

7. Eligible Expenditures

Upon receipt of the Memorial Grant amount, the eligible beneficiary[ies] may incur any expenditure that they determine will appropriately recognize the service and sacrifice of the deceased first responder.

8. Maximum Amount

The maximum amount payable to any eligible Memorial Grant recipient(s) will be a one-time, lump sum of $300,000 per death. In instances when the Memorial Grant would be divided amongst multiple recipients in equal amounts, the total amount paid out would not exceed $300,000 (e.g., two eligible surviving children would receive $150,000 each).

9. Method for Determining Funding Amount

Upon determination of eligibility, the eligible beneficiary[ies] will receive a one-time, lump sum payment of $300,000. If there are multiple eligible beneficiaries, as stipulated in section 8, the amount will be divided amongst all eligible beneficiaries in equal amounts.

10. Stacking

As PS is the only federal department offering this Memorial Grant in recognition of the service and sacrifice of Canada's first responders, the stacking limit for this program is 100%.

11. Application Requirements

Every application for the Memorial Grant must include documentary evidence that establishes:

For death resulting from fatal injury, the application must include, in addition to the above:

For death resulting from occupational illness, the application must include in addition to the above:

For death resulting from psychological impairment, the application must include in addition to the above:

12. Official Languages

The Program will comply with all applicable requirements stipulated in the Official Languages Act and related regulations, as well as federal policies in this regard, including Chapter 4-1 of the Official Languages Policy.

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