Grant for parents of murdered, missing children attracts ‘modest’ number of applicants
An income-support program for parents of murdered and missing children that the federal government said would help hundreds of families annually attracted only “modest” participation in its first year, an official said.
The grant provides $350 per week in income support for up to 35 weeks to parents who have had to take time away from work to cope with the death or disappearance of a child as a result of a crime.
Officials would not release to Postmedia News figures showing the number of applicants or recipients of the grant, which became available on Jan. 1, 2013.
“As the program is in its early phase of implementation, it is too early in the program to provide data without potentially jeopardizing the privacy of families,” said Eric Morrissette, a spokesman for Employment and Social Development Canada via email.
However, a government source later said “the numbers are modest.”
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