Victim Surcharge

A victim surcharge is an additional penalty imposed on convicted offenders at the time of sentencing. It is collected and retained by the provincial and territorial governments, and subsequently used to help fund programs and services for victims of crime in the province or territory where the crime occurred. The surcharge revenue is used to provide services to victims of crime such as information on the criminal justice system and court processes; referrals for counselling; court support for vulnerable persons; assistance in preparing victim impact statements; and compensation programs.

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