Ombudsman Issues Scathing Report on CICB

Ombudsman Issues Scathing Report on CICB

Postby CLS » Tue Feb 19, 2008 4:34 pm

Originally Posted: Wed May 02, 2007


The title of the Ombudsman Report on the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, released on February 27, 2007, tells the story: Adding Insult to Injury.

The Ombudsman found that while the compensation program is impressive on paper, in practice the CICB is in "deplorable shape" and is a "colossal failure", accumulating annual case backlogs that now total more than 17,500 claims estimated to be worth $109 million.

The Ombudsman lays much of the blame for the system failures on provincial governments which have continually failed to adequately fund the CICB. He further criticzes the lack of training for CICB staffers, who often showed a lack of sensitivity when dealing with traumatized claimants.

The Report makes 17 specific recommendations for improvement, ranging from outreach to victims to inform them of their rights under the program, to better trainaing for staff, and, of course, adequate funding so that the program may operate properly and efficiently. The complete Report can be found on the Ombudsman's website at: http://www.ombudsman.on.ca/UploadFiles/ ... Latest.pdf, or follow the link under the "What's New" section.

In response to the Ombudsman's Report, the McGuinty government appointed retired Chief Justice Roy McMurtry to review the compensation system, and pledged $20 Million in new funding.

Despite the serious flaws with the Criminal Injuries Compensation System, we urge advocates to continue to inform their clients about their rights as victims of crime and to proceed with claims to the CICB where appropriate.


Kathryn M. Bullon
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Community Law School
Kathryn M. Bullon, B.Sc., J.D., M.Ad.Ed.
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