As part of Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19, the government of Ontario is giving families a one-time payment of $200 per child up to 12 years of age, and $250 for those with special needs, including children, enrolled in private schools. This financial support does not have any income cap.
Ontario public schools will remain closed to teachers until Friday, May 1, 2020, and to students until Monday, May 4, 2020. Private schools, licensed child care centres and EarlyON programs will also remain closed until April 13, according to the Declaration of Emergency, which only allows closures to be extended for one 14-day period at a time.
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT
Eligible parents will receive a one-time per child payment of:
- $200 for children aged 0 to 12
- $250 for children or youth aged 0 to 21 with special needs
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR $200 CHILDCARE
If you are already receiving Support for Parents’ payments (due to the teacher’s strike) through direct deposit, you will be automatically eligible for this financial support and do not need to submit a new application.
All parents, irrespective of their income are eligible if you have a child who is:
- up to 12 years old
- up to 21 years old with special needs
HOW TO APPLY FOR $200 CHILDCARE
- 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 (if applicable), 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.