What is the 'victim fine surcharge' on my fine? Can this debt be cleared through time served in a correctional facility or through community service?

The victim fine surcharge is required by the Criminal Code of Canada. Unless othewise directed by the courts, this surcharge will automatically be added to all Criminal Code fines. Some surcharges may not be waived if you are serving time in a correctional facility; please contact your sentence administrator to see if it is an option for you.

Victim fine surcharges cannot be satisfied through community service or other fine option programs. This money is used to compensate victims of crime and fund other related programs.