Criminals are now contributing members of society, albeit unintentionally.

Some Calgary- and Edmonton-based community programs that support at-risk youth are receiving new funding from the forfeiture and sale of criminal property. Nine youth programs will receive $150,000 in funding from the new Civil Forfeiture Fund.

The Victim Restitution and Compensation Act was established in 2008 as a long-term vision to support victims of criminal activity. Over $19 million in property related to criminal activity has been seized and is expected to generate $2.5 million in support.