Available throughout Quebec, the SAMVA fund helps teenagers raise money to compensate their victims by working within their communities through non-profit organizations. In short, the fund allows more victims to obtain financial compensation and holds offending teenagers accountable, while providing the community with a volunteer workforce.
The situation in Quebec
About 5,200 teenagers enter the criminal justice system for the first time each year.
Offense by gender:
81% of teenage offenders are boys and 19% are girls.
The recidivism rate:
82% of these young people will not reoffend.
Nature of the offenses:
Crimes against property, 40%
Crimes against an individual, 23%
Breach of an order / condition, 20%
Drug offenses, 11%
Firearms offenses, 2%
Other offenses, 5%
The success rate :
90% of teenagers referred to an alternative justice agency complete their reparations successfully.
The SAMVA Fund allows more victims to obtain financial compensation and holds teenage offenders accountable, while offering the community a volunteer workforce.
How it works
Offense: A teenager commits an offense that causes a financial loss to a victim.
Discussion: The victim expresses the consequences that he or she has experienced and the teenager recognizes the harm that he or she has caused.
Agreement: Following the discussion, the teenager agrees to compensate the victim according to a set amount by working with a non-profit organization.
Reimbursement: When the teenager has completed his or her commitment, the SAMVA Fund reimburses the victim.