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The Founder of the Canadian Crime Victim Foundation, Mr. Joseph Wamback, has resigned as Executive Director  effective January 1, 2021.


Lozanne Wamback has assumed all duties as  Executive Director effective January 1, 2021.



We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jennifer Connolly as a Director at Large for the Canadian Crime Victim Foundation.
Dr. Connolly’s research examines relationships and resilience in adolescence and young
adulthood. She began her research with normative youth in schools and communities here
in Canada and also internationally. More recently her research focus has shifted to youth
who have experienced early adversity and are in high risk settings. These include street-
involved, youth in the child welfare system and underage youth who are victims of sex-
trafficking. With her graduate student, Lauren Joly, she recently completed a study of the
romantic relationships of homeless youth and she is currently working with the CAS to
implement therapeutic foster care for youth survivors of sex trafficking.


Just as each of us is unique, so too is our experience of grieving. Grief is a complex process. There are no set timelines. We cope differently as we grapple with the death, disappearance or alienation of those we love, of those we know and of those we don’t know.
Although we may feel we are no longer overwhelmed by grief, an event, an incident, a place or other cue may trigger a grief response at any time that can be as overwhelming as the original onset.
Some people may need help as they traverse their grieving process – even years or decades on.
Accepting such help can be a difficult and courageous decision.
Hopefully, those to whom the grieving turn for help will be willing to listen or willing to give … even as little as a hug.

 CCVF is pleased to announce its continuing support of the psychological counselling program at York University through another grant for 2019.
The program provides free qualified counselling for victims of violent crime and parents and siblings of homicide victims in York Region.


Joe and Lozanne meet with Andrew Sheer to discuss and support tougher sanctions on criminal gangs that prey on innocent Canadians.
We are pleased to support initiatives that recognize that victims lives have value and community safety must be foremost in in the eyes of our Federal Government.

PC PROMISES: Andrew Scheer pledges to be tougher on crime & more!

Today, Lozanne and I presented Rebecca with our 2018 CCVF Scholarship. When we learned of Rebecca’s trauma caused by violent criminal assault and lengthy judicial process we became so impressed with her strength and courage we had no difficulty helping her.
Rebecca will continue her education with hopes to become a Social Worker to help others found in similar circumstances.
We are so proud of her and wish her every success with her future.

You can see Rebecca’s story on the link below.

The Canadian crime Victim Foundation urges all Canadians to write their Member of Parliament to stop Bill C-75,  currently before the House. This proposed legislation was introduced by the Government and sets an extremely dangerous diversion of our justice system weakening any gains made by victim advocates over the past decade.

Serious Crimes that were indictable offenses are being changed to summary offences resulting in little or no jail time. Some of the following will now  be subject to a fine only and others subject to a maximum 2 year sentence which allows the offender to seek parole after serving 1/6 of their sentence or 4 months.

The following is a list of indictable offences in the Criminal Code of Canada, which Bill C-75 proposes to make eligible for summary conviction opening the potential to reduce penalties for some of the most serious crimes in Canada

Remember that indictable offences are some of the most serious crimes recognized in the Criminal Code of Canada.

The following is a small list. The complete list can be found in Bill C-75:

  1. Sabotage
  2. Possession of forged, etc., passport
  3. Fraudulent use of certificate of citizenship
  4. Concealment of identity
  5. Possession of explosive (note: change in title of offence)
  6. Providing, making available, etc. property or services for terrorist purposes
  7. Using or possessing property for terrorist purposes
  8. Participation in activity of a terrorist group
  9. Leaving Canada to participate in activity of terrorist group
  10. Advocating or promoting commission of terrorism offences
  11. Concealing person who carried out terrorist activity
  12. Concealing a person who is likely to carry out terrorist activity
  13. Obstructing justice
  14. Prison breach
  15. Permitting or assisting escape
  16. Rescue or permitting escape
  17. Assisting prisoner of war to escape
  18. Corrupting children
  19. Keeping a gaming or betting house
  20. Keeping a common bawdy-house
  21. Causing bodily harm by negligence
  22. Punishment for infanticide
  23. Neglect to obtain assistance in childbirth
  24. Concealing the body of a child
  25. Administering noxious thing
  26. Bodily harm
  27. Offence involving bodily harm
  28. Impaired driving causing bodily harm
  29. Blood alcohol over legal limit – bodily harm
  30. Failure or refusal to provide sample – bodily harm
  31. Impeding attempt to save life
  32. Material benefit – trafficking
  33. Withholding or destroying documents – trafficking
  34. Abduction of person under the age of 16
  35. Abduction of person under the age of 14
  36. Material benefit from sexual services
  37. Bigamy
  38. Procuring feigned marriage
  39. Polygamy
  40. Forced marriage
  41. Marriage under age of 16 years
  42. Pretending to solemnize marriage
  43. Marriage contrary to law
  44. Punishment of libel known to be false
  45. Punishment for defamatory libel
  46. Extortion by libel
  47. Advocating genocide
  48. Punishment for theft
  49. Fraudulent concealment
  50. Disguise with intent
  51. Possession of property obtained by crime
  52. Bringing into Canada property obtained by crime
  53. False pretence or false statement
  54. Threat against internationally protected person
  55. Thread against United Nations or associated personnel
  56. Arson for fraudulent purpose
  57. Arson by negligence
  58. Possession of incendiary material
  59. Conspiracy and Participation in activities of a criminal organization
    1. Breach of long-term supervision

The Canadian Crime Victim Foundation is honoured to receive a donation from Daniel Scott and  Darya Scott.

Daniel and Darya are students from Newmarket who collected the donations and we are pleased to confirm that all funds collected will be used to provide qualified psychological counselling at no charge to innocent victims of violent crime in York Region through a program at York University funded by through the foundation.

Thank you Daniel and Darya. We are proud of your hard work, energy and compassion for others.


” I also wanted to say that I really love what you guys are doing for victims of crime. It makes me so happy that I now know an organization that cares so much about the well being of victims. I’m so glad I chose my project on the CCVF”


Women’s shelters

The Canadian Crime Victim Foundation believes that every woman and child has the right to live a life free from violence and oppression. For many,  this right has been violated.

These shelters are for women and their children fleeing abuse offering a free, safe, caring home and the counselling and support women need to heal and plan for the future.

The Canadian Crime Victim Foundation is please to announce that it provided research funding for a pilot project at York University to assess the effectiveness of dog therapy in women’s shelters in Toronto.

The results were overwhelmingly successful.  The majority of participants confirmed that  the dogs presence helped them feel calm, relaxed and assisted with stress reduction.

The Canadian Crime victim Foundation gratefully acknowledges the continued support of the GTAMC, its members and executive. (The Greater Toronto Area Mustang Club)

On behalf of the Board of Directors and innocent victims of crime across Canada we thank the GTAMC for the recent donation in the amount of $4000.00

Together, over the past 15 years we have raised in excess of $850,000.00 and we are again pleased to confirm that the CCVF has no paid employees or directors and that all funds collected are distributed through the foundations efforts to support innocent victims of violent crime in Canada.

We are happy to confirm that we are continuing to fund free psychological support by qualified psychologists at York University for victims of violent crime in York Region. The CCVF has partnered with York University to provide these services which in most cases are not available when needed and not affordable to those that need them the most.

The Foundation also awards bursaries and scholarships to victims of violent crime to assist them with their future endeavours in life when they have had so much taken from them and no other avenue of support.

The Canadian Crime Victim Foundation remains the only organization in Canada that provides this desperately needed service.

We continue to work with all levels of government to engage in providing these services to what we consider to be those most marginalized and forgotten citizens of Canada.

We still have a lot of work to do.

Again that you all for your support

Chair Canadian Crime Victim Foundation.


The Canadian Crime Victim Foundation encourages all Canadians to participate in this survey. Perhaps, just perhaps, we can entrench Victims rights in our Charter to provide treatment for Victims equal to the rights of the accused. The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada is reviewing the Criminal Justice System to identify aspects that need to be changed and/or updated.

The government wants to hear Canadians thoughts and opinions. If you are 18 years of age or older and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, the Government invites you to participate in the 2017 National Justice Survey. This online survey will take approximately 30 minutes and can be accessed several ways:

1) Click on the following link: Nation Justice Survey 2017

2) Follow the Department of Justice on Twitter

3) Visit the Departments Transforming the Criminal Justice System website.


1) Click on the following link: Nation Justice Survey 2017

2) Follow the Department of Justice on Twitter

3) Visit the Department’s Transforming the Criminal Justice System website.

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Please share this email with others and feel free to tweet about the survey using #CdnJusReform. Have your say in modernizing and improving Canadas Criminal Justice System


REMINDER: Register Now for the 2017 Victims and Survivors of Crime Week Symposium! 


Victims and Survivors of Crime Week is taking place in Canada from May 28-June 3, 2017, under the theme of Empowering Resilience. Register now for the federal symposium in Calgary, Alberta on Monday, May 29, 2017.

This year, the Government of Canada is offering two ways to take part in the event:

  • Attend the symposium in person; or
  • Live-stream the event from anywhere.

The deadline for registration is May 22, 2017, or until capacity is reached.

For more information, the symposium agenda and registration, please go to

Please share this invitation with friends and colleagues.


Dear stakeholders and partners,

I am pleased to share the following information about Victims and Survivors of Crime Week (VSCW) 2017, which will take place May 28 – June 3, 2017. I invite you to participate along with the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) in this important annual week.

This year’s theme of VCSW – Empowering Resilience – strives to highlight the work that the government, professionals and volunteers have accomplished and to build on that momentum to continue our work in support of victims of crime.

This week gives us an opportunity to become more aware of victim needs and to learn more about the services that CSC, other federal government partners and non-government organizations offer to victims. It also helps us focus on those who have been impacted by crime and how CSC is contributing to community safety as part of its mandate.

CSC is committed to ensuring that victims with federal offenders have an effective voice in the federal correctional and justice systems.  Its’ Victim Services staff consults on a daily basis with victims, victim advocacy groups and others to ensure victims receive the services they are entitled to. CSC strives toward learning more about victim issues in order to better serve Canadians and specifically victims of crime.

To learn more, please visit

For more information about CSC Victim Services, please visit or email



Registration for the 2017 Victims and Survivors of Crime Week Symposium is Now Open!

Victims and Survivors of Crime Week is being held in Canada from May 28-June 3, 2017.  The theme for this year’s initiative is Empowering Resilience. A federal symposium will be held in Calgary, Alberta on Monday, May 29, 2017.  This year, the Government of Canada is offering two ways to take part in the event:

  • Attend the symposium in person; or
  • Live-stream the event from anywhere.

Registration for in-person attendance and live-streaming is free and includes access to all plenary sessions and workshops. For those attending in person, complimentary coffee breaks and lunch will be provided. As space is limited, we encourage you to register early. Registration is on a first come-first served basis.

For more information, the symposium agenda and registration, please go to The deadline for registration is May 22, 2017, or until capacity is reached.

The Federal Government is now advertising for a replacement of the existing Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime. This post was held by Sue Sullivan and she has done a valuable service to Canada and Victims of violent crime.

The following is a link to the advertisement.



Lets hope that the replacement is not a political appointment but will include someone that will carry the legacy and fight for victims rights in Canada.



We are pleased to confirm that again for 2017 the Canadian Crime Victim Foundation will extend and fund the Psychological services program at York University for those who have been the innocent victims of violent crime. The counseling services provided will be free of charge to those who qualify and will be conducted by qualified staff at the University. For applications please contact us at




The Canadian Crime Victim Foundation is pleased to announce and wishes to thank the following Corporations for their generous support and generous donations to our scholarship and psychological counselling programs for 2016.

Borea Construction
Sentry Electric (Canada)
Spectrum Healthcare




Registration for the 2016 Victims and Survivors of Crime Week Symposium is Now Open!


Victims and Survivors of Crime Week is being held from May 29-June 4, 2016. A federal symposium will be held in the National Capital Region on Friday, June 3, 2016, to raise awareness about issues facing victims and survivors of crime and the programs, services, and laws in place to help victims and survivors of crime as well as their families.

Registration for the Symposium is free and includes access to all plenary sessions and workshops. Complimentary coffee breaks and lunch will be provided. As space is limited, we encourage you to register early. Registration is on a first come-first served basis. Please note that participation for federal government employees is limited and needs to be accompanied by the approval of a Director General level supervisor.

For more information, the symposium agenda and registration, please go to The deadline for registration is May 27, 2016, or until capacity is reached.

The CCVF is preparing a proposal to our Federal Government to amend the existing “Employment Insurance legislation”
The amendment proposes to provide Employment Insurance benefits for parents and families of murdered loved ones to a maximum of 18 months or 78 weeks.
It will equalize access across Canada and is not be subject to individual Provincial limits or agencies.
Survivors of violent crime in Canada have more taken from them than is generally
recognized by Canadian society. In many instances the prolonged re-victimization through the criminal justice process can be as devastating and as long lasting as the original crimes committed against them.
Especially vulnerable are family units and siblings of murder victims and other survivors of violent crime that find themselves isolated and in financially compromised family units due to the life-altering aftermath of violent crime; a life-altering environment caused through no fault of their own. Most families of murdered children are not financially prepared for the aftermath of violent crime and many employers can only offer the earned vacation credits available to the wage earner which is grossly insufficient to prevent financial disaster accompanying the never ending grief for survivors and victims of violent crime.
Currently these circumstances are not recognized in Canada by any supportive Federal, Provincial or Municipal agency.
While survivors witness their victimizers being given government-sponsored educational opportunities as part of their rehabilitation process, they are left on their own in the inevitable struggles that occur following victimization by violent
It is the intention of this proposed amendment to help redress this unfair imbalance for those across Canada who have been victimized by acts of violent crime by providing financial support during extreme and often crippling psychological stress and grief caused by acts of violent crime perpetrated on their loved ones.
When a family looses a child or loved one to violent crime studies have shown that the grieving process may not commence for many months even years after the criminal act and is protracted by the judicial process.
Criminal Injuries Compensation varies from Province to Province and Ontario maximums are limited to $25,000 per occurrence. Due to the very nature of the confrontational award process many victims do not apply or fail to access the funds due to lack of support within the system.
The existing Employment insurance Act allows 15 weeks for sickness benefits and 15 weeks for compassionate care. Many victims are so paralysed by grief that they while they may qualify for sickness benefits these benefits were not the intent of the legislation at the time, nor is 15 weeks of benefits adequate to support grieving parents.


Victims need help to navigate our criminal justice systems, which are for many a daunting legalistic world – into which they are thrust as a result of other persons’ decisions to commit crime,” said Commissioner for Victims’ Rights, Michael O’Connell. “Victims are entitled to accurate and timely information. They also should be provided practical help as well as assistance that matches their needs. Victims want a ‘voice’ – they want to be heard and listened to on matters that affect them,” he added. “Victims should no longer be bystanders in our criminal justice systems. They have a fundamental right to access to justice.”



The founders of the CCVF are pleased to announce the generous contribution of $4000.00 by The Greater Toronto Area Mustang Club. (GTAMC)
These funds will assist the Foundation to continue its work providing post secondary educational opportunities for innocent survivors of violent crime and siblings of innocent homicide victims. In addition this contribution will assist us in continuing our funding at York University providing free psychological counseling of victims in York Region.
We are pleased and honored for the continued support from the executive and members of the GTAMC that assists us in helping those who have lost so much.

Joe & Lozanne Wamback

GTAMC cheque presentation to Lozanne Wamback by Scott Winger GTAMC

GTAMC cheque presentation to Lozanne Wamback by Scott Winger GTAMC

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