Navigating through the criminal justice system after being traumatized can be an intimidating and frustrating experience for victims of crime, which is why Alberta's government is standing with victims to help them access resources and supports as they need them.

The Specialized Criminal Justice Navigator Grant provides eligible non-profit organizations with funding for staff who can help ensure victims receive equitable, responsive and efficient support as they navigate the criminal justice system. These dedicated staff will play an integral role in ensuring Albertans can access comprehensive, coordinated, safe and culturally relevant services regardless of where an incident occurs or where they are located.

“Navigating the aftermath of a crime can be complex and stressful, and it’s important to ensure victims have access to the help they need when they need it. Through the Specialized Criminal Justice Navigator Grant, Alberta’s government is putting victims first by ensuring they are supported as they navigate through the criminal justice system.”

Mike Ellis, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Services

To be eligible for the grant, applicants must be an Alberta-based non-profit organization that offers programs and services supporting victims of crime during their involvement with the criminal justice system. Organizations must have experience in supporting victims of specific types of crime such as family or sexual violence, or victims who may require extra support such as children, seniors and families of homicide, or human trafficking victims.

Positions funded through the grant will provide victims with:

  • information about the criminal justice system and ways to participate
  • referrals to victim assistance programs and supports
  • courtroom orientation and accompaniment
  • liaison services with community and criminal justice agencies on their behalf

The grants can be used to cover the salary, training and benefits for up to two full-time employees, as well as travel, technology requirements and administrative expenses related to directly delivering criminal justice system navigation services to clients.

Eligible organizations can apply until Oct. 15.

Quick facts

  •  Grants will cover a two-year term from April 1, 2024 to March 31, 2026.