Frequently Asked Questions

Federal Income Support for Parents of Murdered or Missing Children grant

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Q1. What is the Federal Income Support for Parents of Murdered or Missing Children grant?

The Federal Income Support for Parents of Murdered or Missing Children is an income support grant available to eligible applicants who have suffered a loss of income as a result of taking time away from work to cope with the death or disappearance of their child (or children) under the age of 18. The child (or children) must have been the victim(s) of a probable Criminal Code offence that led to their death or disappearance and the incident must have occurred in Canada on or after January 1, 2013.

Q2. Can I receive grant payments at the same time as I receive Employment Insurance (EI) or Quebec Parental Insurance Plan benefits (QPIP)?

No, you are not permitted to receive PMMC payments and EI or QPIP benefits for the same weeks. If you are currently receiving any type of EI or QPIP benefits, or if you have received these benefits since the incident occurred, please ensure you indicate it on your application. If you start receiving any type of EI or QPIP benefits after you send your application for the PMMC grant, you must notify the PMMC Call Centre at 1-877-842-5601 (TTY: 1-800-926-9105). While PMMC payments may not be made for the same weeks as EI or QPIP benefits are paid, you may be entitled to receive the PMMC grant once your EI or QPIP benefits end. Please visit the following website for more information: www.servicecanada.gc.ca/pmmc.

Q3. Am I eligible for the Federal Income Support for Parents of Murdered or Missing Children grant?

In order to be eligible for the PMMC grant, you must meet both applicant and incident eligibility criteria.

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible for payment under the PMMC grant you must:

  • be legally responsible for the child or children involved in the incident;
  • have recent labour force attachment having earned at least $6,500 in the previous calendar year or in the 52 weeks immediately prior to the incident;
  • be on leave from all employment as a result of the incident, or if already on leave from employment at the time of the incident, be unable to return to work;
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN);
  • have not been charged with committing a probable Criminal Code offence that led to the death or disappearance of the child; and
  • not currently be receiving any type of Employment Insurance (EI) or Québec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) benefits.

Incident Eligibility

The PMMC grant is payable if the incident meets the following criteria:

  • the child must be deceased or missing as a result of a probable Criminal Code offence;
  • the child must be under 18 at the time of the incident;
  • the incident must have occurred in Canada on or after January 1, 2013;
  • in the case of a missing child, the child must have been missing for over one week; and
  • in the case of a deceased child, it is not probable that the child was a willing party to the crime that led to his or her death.

In addition to the foregoing, you must attest that:

  • to the best of your knowledge, your child is missing or deceased as a result of a probable Criminal Code offence and you were not a willing party to the Criminal Code offence that led to the child’s death or disappearance;
  • to the best of your knowledge, your child was not a willing party to the Criminal Code offence that led to his or her death (where the child is deceased);
  • you have completely stopped working from all employment; and
  • you have declared any Employment Insurance (EI) or Québec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) benefits that you have received since the incident.

Q4. How do I apply?

To apply online, or to mail a printed application, please visit the Service Canada website at www.servicecanada.gc.ca/pmmc. The original signed PMMC Employment Form(s) and Incident Report Form must be sent to the PMMC Processing Centre at PO BOX 8232, Station T, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 3H7

Q5. Who is considered legally responsible for a child?

A person who, in law, is a parent including an adoptive parent of the child; has the custody of, or in Quebec, parental authority over the child, or is the guardian of or, in Quebec, the tutor to, the person of the child; and individuals with whom a child was placed for the purpose of adoption under the laws governing adoption in the province or territory in which the person resides.

Q6. Am I eligible for the Federal Income Support for Parents of Murdered or Missing Children grant if my child was 18 or older at the time of the incident?

No. The incident must have occurred before the day of the child’s 18th birthday.

Q7. Am I eligible for the Federal Income Support for Parents of Murdered or Missing Children grant if my child was murdered or went missing prior to January 1, 2013?

No. The grant is only available for incidents having occurred on or after January 1, 2013. The grant is not retroactive for incidents that occurred prior to January 1, 2013.

Q8. What if the incident did not occur in Canada?

The incident must have occurred in Canada on or after January 1, 2013.

Q9. How will I know if the incident is a result of a “probable Criminal Code offence”?

An agent or officer from the Canadian law enforcement agency where the incident was reported must complete a PMMC Incident Report Form on your behalf, as part of your application for the PMMC income support grant. A separate form is required for each child if there are multiple victims. This report will confirm whether or not the incident is the result of a probable Criminal Code offence. However, the completion of this form does not constitute a conclusion to the investigation being conducted by the law enforcement agency.

Q10. Do law enforcement agencies know that they may be asked to complete an Incident Report form on my behalf?

The PMMC Incident Report form advises the law enforcement agency of the request by Service Canada to have the form completed on your behalf. If you meet with a law enforcement agent who does not know about the request from Service Canada to complete the form, you can direct the official to the Service Canada website or ask them to contact the Service Canada PMMC Call Centre at 1 877-842-5601 and we will ask them to complete the form on your behalf.

Please note: Service Canada does not reimburse any fee that may be charged by the law enforcement agency.

Q11. What is considered labour force attachment?

In order to be eligible for the PMMC grant, applicants must prove that they meet minimum requirements for recent labour force attachment. Labour force attachment is measured in earnings (from either employment or self-employment). Applicants must have $6,500 in earnings in either the 52 week period immediately preceding the incident or the calendar year immediately preceding the date of the incident.

Q12. What information is required from my employer?

To apply for the Federal Income Support for Parents of Murdered or Missing Children grant, you are required to submit a PMMC Employment Form. Your recent employers must fill in this form to confirm that you have earned a minimum of $6,500 in the previous calendar year or in the 52 weeks immediately before the incident and that you are on leave from all current employment.

Q13. Can I apply for the income support grant if I am self-employed?

Yes. If you are self-employed, you must submit a completed and signed PMMC Application Form, PMMC Incident Report Form and a PMMC Employment Form on your own behalf as well as submit a Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment from the previous income tax year.

Q14. Can I continue to work while receiving the income support grant?

No. The PMMC income support grant is paid to individuals who must take time away from work to cope with the death or disappearance of their child (children). You are required to fully leave all employment and continue to be away from all employment for the period you are receiving the PMMC income support grant.

Q15. What if I return to work?

If you return to work before your grant payments end, you must notify Service Canada and your payments will stop. You may be eligible to receive the remaining weeks if you stop working again before the end of the Income Support Period and provided eligibility criteria are met.

Q16. Am I eligible for the PMMC income support grant even if I didn’t stop working immediately following the incident?

Yes. You may be eligible as long as you have completely stopped working and you apply within 52 weeks of the date of the incident.

Q17. What is my entitlement?

If you are eligible, you may receive up to 35 weeks of income support during the 52 week period immediately following the incident. This 52 week period is referred to as the Income Support Period and payments will not be made beyond this period. The payments for eligible weeks may be taken in consecutive weeks or divided into periods within the Income Support Period. You may apply for PMMC payments only once within the Income Support Period.

The maximum 35 weeks available may be shared by more than one eligible applicant in respect of the same incident. The number of weeks you are eligible to receive may change to accommodate the sharing of income support with another eligible recipient in respect of the same incident. You will be advised in writing if your payment is being amended.

Q18. What is the maximum grant amount payable?

If you are eligible to receive the PMMC grant, your payments will be $350 a week, before tax, paid bi-weekly for a maximum of 35 weeks during the Income Support Period.

Q19. What is the Income Support Period?

The Income Support Period refers to the 52 week period immediately following the incident.

Q20. Are PMMC grant payments taxable income?

Yes. PMMC grant payments are taxable and they must be declared as income for income tax purposes. T4A slips will be issued at the end of the year. For Québec residents, RL-1 slips will be issued.

Q21. How much tax will be deducted from my grant payments?

Federal and provincial taxes are deducted in accordance with the tax rates in the province or territory where you live. Income tax will be deducted from the PMMC payments prior to issuing.

Q22. What is the frequency of PMMC grant payments?

PMMC grant payments will be made on a bi-weekly basis.

Q23. How will I receive my payments?

If you include your banking information on your application, you will receive payments faster through direct deposit at your bank. If you do not provide the information requested for direct deposit, a cheque will be mailed to the address you indicated on your application form.

Q24. Can I receive grant payments at the same time as another parent?

Yes, where eligible recipients share the amount, payment may be taken at the same time or separately to a maximum combined total of 35 weeks during the Income Support Period.

Q25. How are my PMMC grant payments affected if another parent applies for income support for this child?

The number of weeks you are eligible to receive grant payments may change to accommodate the sharing of income support with another eligible applicant for the same child. Applicants are advised in writing if their payment is being amended. The PMMC income support grant is paid on a per-incident basis and may be shared among all individuals legally responsible for the child or children involved in that incident.

Where there is more than one eligible recipient and you do not come to an agreement regarding the division of weeks of payment, the weeks will be divided as follows:

  • If more than 18 weeks have been paid to the first recipient, the remaining weeks will be paid to the second recipient, or divided amongst later recipients. The first recipient will cease to receive grant payments.
  • If less than 18 weeks have been paid to the first recipient, the first recipient will continue to receive grant payments to week 18 at which time his/her grant payments will cease. The remaining 17 weeks will be paid to the second recipient, or be divided amongst later recipients.

Q26. What happens if I am charged with the crime?

If you are charged with the crime, your payments will stop. If you are paid beyond this point you will need to repay those weeks. If you are found guilty of the crime, you will be required to repay all the weeks of PMMC income support you received. If the charges against you are dropped, any remaining eligible weeks will be paid as long as it is still within the 52 week Income Support Period.

Q27. How do I contact Service Canada about the Federal Income Support for Parents of Murdered or Missing Children grant and/or notify Service Canada about changes in my situation?

To report changes to the information you provided on your PMMC forms, for help filling in the forms or for general PMMC inquiries, contact the PMMC Call Centre at 1 877-842-5601 (TTY: 1 800-926-9105).