Criminal Property Forfeiture

Disbursement of Proceeds

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

  • compensate victims of the unlawful activity that led to the forfeiture of the property;
  • provide funding to the Victims’ Assistance Fund;
  • promote safer communities by investing in specialized equipment/training for law enforcement agencies; and
  • promote safer communities by providing funding to law enforcement agencies for community initiatives.

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 (CPF Fund) which provides a sustainable source of funding for future disbursements.

The Criminal Property Forfeiture Branch also maintains a separate fund generated from forfeited proceeds of crime through the prosecution of federal offences in Manitoba, the Federal Proceeds of Crime Fund (FPOC Fund).

On October 28, 1996, the Minister of Justice signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Manitoba and Canada for sharing the proceeds of crime that are forfeited subsequent to a federal prosecution. Pursuant to this MOU, Manitoba agreed to allocate the monies it receives from Canada to activities related to crime prevention, including victim services, law enforcement, and community initiatives such as drug prevention education.

The chart above depicts the combined historical disbursements of both the CPF Fund and FPOC Fund. Please see below for disbursement breakdown as they relate directly to each of the funds.

Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund

Overall, in excess of $12 million has been distributed through the CPF Fund.

Victims

Amounts indicated are combined disbursement grants provided to individual victims of crime as they relate to criminal property forfeiture proceedings and the Victims’ Assistance Fund (VAF) that is operated by Manitoba Justice – Victim Services.

Fiscal Year Individual Victims’ Assistance Fund TOTAL
2011/2012 $39,667.37 $0.00 $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 $98,483.60 $150,000.00 $248,483.60
2015/2016 $99,431.30 $674,000.00 $773,431.30
2016/2017 $370,394.56 $450,000.00 $820,394.56
2017/2018 $18,918.44 $300,000.00 $318,408.70
2018/2019 $23,482.86 $300,000.00 $301,727.25
2019/2020 $7,153.36 $408,500.00 $415,653.36
TOTAL $910,637.09 $2,542,500.00 $3,430,871.74

For more information on Manitoba’s Victims Services programs, visit www.gov.mb.ca/justice.

Law Enforcement

Amounts indicated are the combined disbursement grants provided to 16 Provincial and Municipal law enforcement agencies and distinguish the grants provided to a law enforcement agency in sponsorship of a community initiative or program.

Fiscal Year Equipment/Training/Programs Community Initiatives Total
2011/2012 $152,910.07 $0.00 $152,910.07
2012/2013 $345,470.86 $1,000.00 $346,470.86
2013/2014 $642,293.55 $29,259.21 $671,552.76
2014/2015 $1,006,013.23 $113,997.50 $1,120,010.73
2015/2016 $1,137,110.77 $43,370.00 $1,180,480.77
2016/2017 $1,387,052.04 $41,269.50 $1,428,321.54
2017/2018 $1,128,227.73 $23,040.00 $1,151,267.73
2018/2019 $1,263,969.74 $175,922.52 $1,439,892.26
2019/2020 $856,933.52 $271,683.75 $1,128,617.27
TOTAL $7,919,981.51 $699,542.48 $8,619,523.99

 

 

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

Manitoba Justice may also occasionally receive and donate property that has little or no commercial value, or when the donation of the property is in the public interest. The approximate value of these donations are included within the Community Initiative section of the chart above.

Federal Proceeds of Crime Fund

Fiscal Year Law Enforcement Agency Community Initiatives Total
2010/2011 $0.00 $25,000.00 $25,000.00
2011/2012 $0.00 $25,000.00 $25,000.00
2012/2013 $327,000.00 $0.00 $327,000.00
2013/2014 $105,815.00 $91,700.00 $197,515.00
2014/2015 $15,000.00 $99,700.00 $114,700.00
2015/2016 $35,000.00 $255,700.00 $290,700.00
2016/2017 $509,685.00 $74,000.00 $583,685.00
2017/2018 $0.00 $80,921.11 $80,921.11
2018/2019 $27,316.92 $516,118.59 $543,435.51
2019/2020 $728,811.46 $393,315.80 $1,122,127.26
TOTAL $1,748,628.38 $1,561,455.50 $3,310,083.88

 

 

Updated as of 2020-01-13