Ontario’s education minister has stated that parents in the province can expect their latest round of direct payments from the Doug Ford government. The payments will start on April 26. Minister Stephen Leece talked about it during a news conference in Durham Region, saying that the government will set aside $980 million in its 2021 budget for direct payments to Ontario parents. This initiative is a part of the Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit.
Ontario parents will receive $400 per child from aged 0 to Grade 12, while those who have children with special needs will receive $500 per child under 21.
Previously, parents received $200 per child and $250 per child with special needs and all of that was realized under the Support For Learners program.
Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy stated:
“Every parent in Ontario has faced new pressures due to COVID-19. For some, that includes financial challenges caused by the pandemic. For many, it includes new expenses to support virtual learning or child care. And for all, it includes anxiety about their child’s future in a world that will look different than it does today. While our government can’t make this pressure go away, we can provide a helping hand.”
Those who previously received money from this initiative will get their new payments automatically, and parents who did not apply for that program can send applications for the new child benefit between May 3 and May 17.