The Ontario government is expanding the Support for Learners program to include secondary school students to help offset education expenses. Support will be available for those who attend a public or private school or who are homeschooled.
In January 2021, students aged 13 through Grade 12 will be eligible for funding under an expanded Support for Learners program.
The government says this additional funding will provide support for families impacted by school closure during Ontario Lockdown.
“While Ontario schools remain safe, we won’t take any chances following the holidays — we will pivot to teacher-led online learning to help protect against the spread of COVID-19 in our communities,” said Minister Lecce. “We are providing direct financial support to parents of elementary and now high school children to help them get through this pandemic.”
Minister of Finance Rod Phillips said, “We have heard from parents that new expenses to support their kid’s education in this COVID-19 era are straining their pocketbooks. This $380 million investment in families builds on the $378 million provided to parents during the first wave of COVID-19. So, for example, an Ontario family with three children, including one with special needs, would receive $1,300 this year to help cover the costs of an accessible workspace and technology to enable learning online.”
The application deadline for Support for Learners for children or youth aged 0 to 12 and for children or youth aged 0 to 21 with special needs is being extended to February 8, 2021.
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT
Eligible parents will receive a one-time per child payment of:
- $200 for students aged 13 through Grade 12
Support will be available for those who attend a public or private school or who are homeschooled.
HOW TO APPLY FOR $200
The deadline to apply is February 8, 2021.
Application instructions will be available on the Support for Learners web page starting in January 2021.
Secondary school student applications will be open from January 11, 2021 to February 8, 2021.
- Only one parent should apply and the parent who applies should have custody of the child.
- The application form available online will need the name of your child’s school and school board, your child’s date of birth, your banking information and a valid email address.
- If you are unable to provide banking information and require a cheque, you can submit a special request for one.
- You will receive an email confirmation with an application reference number after you submit your application. Payment will be dispersed through direct deposit within two weeks.
According to the website, payment through cheques will take up to several months from the date you apply.