Criminal Property Forfeiture

Disbursement of Proceeds

Cash and proceeds from the sale of forfeited property are deposited in the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund. These funds are then used to:

  • compensate individual victims,
  • provide funding to the Victims’ Assistance Fund,
  • promote safer communities by investing in specialized equipment, training or other resources for law enforcement agencies.

None of the revenue generated from criminal property forfeiture goes to government. The legislation governing criminal property forfeiture requires all unspent money to stay in a trust fund which provides a sustainable source of funding for future compensation to victims of crime or to be invested in safe communities initiatives.

In total, $7.23 million has been distributed through the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund.

Individual victims and the Victims’ Assistance Fund
 
Fiscal Year Individual Fund TOTAL
2011/2012 $39,667.37 N/A $39,667.37
2012/2013 $217,883.35 $110,000.00 $327,883.35
2013/2014 $35,222.25 $150,000.00 $185,222.25
2014/2015 $121,033.60 $150,000.00 $271,033.60
2015/2016 $99,431.30 $674,000.00 $773,431.30
2016/2017 $370,394.56 $450,000.00 $820,394.56
TOTAL $883,632.43 $1,534,000.00 $2,417,632.43
 
 
Law enforcement agencies
 
Fiscal Year Total
2011/2012 $152,910.07
2012/2013 $345,470.86
2013/2014 $664,112.76
2014/2015 $1,082,380.73
2015/2016 $1,162,110.77
2016/2017 $1,407,696.54
TOTAL $4,814,681.73
 
 

In addition to the funding noted above, legal costs and administrative expenses are also recovered through the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund to offset the costs of pursuing and resolving these matters.

Manitoba Justice may also occasionally receive property with little or no commercial value and various pieces of horticultural equipment (light bulbs, ballasts, timers, fans, etc.). These items are donated to community greenhouses, schools and other organizations instead of being destroyed. The approximate value of these donations are noted below.

 

Fiscal Year Est. Value
2012/2013 $1,000.00
2013/2014 $7,440.00
2014/2015 $37,630.00
2015/2016 $18,370.00
2016/2017 $15,500.00
 TOTAL $79,940.00
 

Updated as of 2017-03-07