Ontario families with young children will receive a $200 payout from the government to help with education costs.
The payments were included in Ontario’s 2020 budget revealed on Thursday which said the government will spend a total of $380 million on the second round of payments, on top of the $378 million given for the first batch of payments.
“We have heard from parents that new expenses to support their kid’s education in this COVID-19 era are straining their pocketbooks,” Phillips said in the legislature on Thursday.
The Ford government said that parents of children aged 12 and younger will be able to receive a one-time payment of $200 per child, and $250 for a child 21 or younger with special needs.
The payments are supposed to act as “a measure of relief” for those who have been affected by outbreaks in schools or who are learning from home.
The money will be available through cheques and direct deposits.
Back in April, the government provided the first one-time payment to help families offset pandemic costs.
The cheques are expected to be issued by Christmas.