Memorial Grant Program for First Responders

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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:

Who can apply?

Survivors of a fallen first responder who has died on or after April 1, 2018 can apply for the Memorial Grant Program.

The application process will be supported by a third-party service provider. Following a competitive process, Public Safety Canada contracted a third-party service provider to deliver this initiative. Full details will be released later this year.

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 formally accepting applications. Surviving family members can email contact information to Public Safety Canada using the following address: A unique tracking number will be issued to you, where appropriate.

Those who have received a tracking number before September 7, 2018 can expect to be contacted by the end of September 2018. Those who obtain a tracking number after September 7, 2018 and prior to the service being fully operational in the coming weeks will be contacted in the order received within 30 days.

As soon as the third-party service provider is fully operational, 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 1-800-622-6232 or TTY at 1-800-926-9105.


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