Quebec will use COVID-19 fine money to help crime victims (Details)

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CP-Web. Coalition Avenir Quebec MNA Simon Jolin-Barrette responds to reporters questions on the government transition, on October 9, 2018 at the legislature in Quebec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot ORG XMIT: CPT115

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The Quebec government is investing $5 million in helping victims of crime across the province — the equivalent amount of money collected from COVID-19 fines during the pandemic.

Quebec Justice Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette announced the measure on Monday.

In a statement, the government said the funds will go toward organizations that work directly with victims. It hopes the money will help them modernize their services, facilities and intervention tools.

People can be fined between $1,000 and $6,000 for contravening COVID-19 regulations in Quebec.

According to the provincial Justice Department, police forces handed out $5.2 million in tickets since the pandemic began.

Forty-four per cent of the 3,557 tickets given out across the province were in Montreal.

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