Ontario parents are set to receive at least $400 in a payout to help families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Wednesday, the 2021 Ontario Budget was released, which included details of providing another round of direct payments to parents through the Ontario COVID‑19 Child Benefit.
The province is automatically providing the third round of payments to parents who received Support for Learners payments, which are now being doubled.
This means, every eligible parent will receive $400 for each child aged 0 to Grade 12, and $500 for children and youth 21 years old or younger with special needs.
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The provincial government notes that parents who had not applied for the previous payments will be able to submit an application for this third payment round.
“This unprecedented support is estimated to provide families $980 million in relief on an urgent basis. This is in addition to the $868 million in payments the government already provided to support parents in response to the COVID‑19 pandemic,” the budget outlines.
This newest payment brings the total support for the Ontario COVID‑19 Child Benefit to $1.8 billion.
No details have been provided yet on how or when parents can apply.