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.