Parents to Begin Receiving Direct Support Under Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit

Published on April 26, 2021

Beamsville - The Ontario government is again providing financial relief for families facing new education-related expenses in the context of COVID-19 with a new round of payments through Ontario's COVID-19 Child Benefit. Starting this week, parents who received Support for Learners payments, will automatically begin receiving payments through the Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit.

To help families - who have faced new pressures and expenses due to the pandemic - keep more money in their pockets, the government is providing a third round of payments to support parents through the Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit, totalling $1.8 billion since last March. The payment will be doubled to $400 per child for this round and $500 for each child with special needs, which means a family with three young children, one of whom has special needs, will receive $2,600 in total after the third round of payments.

"It's important to note that this is an inclusive support that extends to all children in the province," noted Sam Oosterhoff, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education and MPP for Niagara West.

"Every parent in Niagara with students aged 0 through Grade 12, and up to age 21 for children and youth with special needs, will benefit from the one-time payments."

"COVID-19 has imposed many costs on moms, dads and caregivers across the province, and we are committed to helping them through this incredible challenge," said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education.

"To make this easier on families, individuals who previously received the Support for Learners payments will not be required to reapply - parents will automatically receive your payment. We also know affordable child care is critical to working parents, which is why our government supported the creation of 16,000 new spaces in 2019-20. We are also proposing to enhance the Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE) tax credit by 20 per cent for 2021, which would increase support from $1,250 to $1,500, on average, providing about $75 million in additional support for the child care expenses of over 300,000 families."