Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When can I apply to the Memorial Grant Program for First Responders?

You may apply to the Memorial Grant Program for First Responders at any time.

Is my personal information protected?

Your personal information will be handled and protected in accordance with the Privacy Act and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.

Is there an effective date for eligibility?

To be eligible for the grant, the date of death of the fallen first responder must be on or after April 1, 2018.

Do I need to provide original documents to support my application?

Certain supporting documents may need to be provided as certified copies. Please contact us, and we will support you through the information gathering process.

What is the amount of the grant?

The Memorial Grant Program for First Responders provides a one-time lump sum, tax-free maximum payment of $300,000.

What first responders are eligible?

You may be eligible for assessment if the first responder was a police officer, firefighter, paramedic, correctional officer, parole officer or probation officer.

Does the program apply to first responders that were employed part-time?

The program applies to first responders who were employed either full-time or part-time, or formally engaged as a volunteer.

Who is an eligible beneficiary?

An eligible beneficiary is an individual who had a relationship with the deceased first responder, in accordance with the following list, in descending order:

  • 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 sibling or siblings divided in equal amounts, or
  • if there is no surviving sibling, to the deceased's estate.

What does 'died as a result of their duties' mean?

Death must be attributable to, and resulting from, the performance of duties in the following circumstances:

  • death resulting from a fatal injury;
  • occupational illness death resulting from, and attributed to the performance of duties as a first responder; or
  • death resulting from psychological impairment, specifically suicide, based on a pre-existing diagnosis or multiple separate affidavits.

You can reach one of our trained specialists Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Eastern time via telephone, TTY, e-mail or by mail as follows:

Toll-free: 1-833-469-0753
By TTY device: 1-888-362-5889

By mail:
Memorial Grant Program for First Responders
116 Albert St., Suite #1000
Ottawa, ON K1P 5G3