Ontario government has announced that Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit (OCCB) will give parents at least $400 for each of their children in the third round of payouts, doubling the amount previously issued under the measure part of 2021-22 provincial budget will be dispersed starting April 26, 2021.
The new Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit will give Ontario parents $400 for each child aged 0 to Grade 12 and $500 for children and youth 21 years old or younger with special needs. This brings the government’s direct support to parents since the start of the pandemic to more than $1.8 billion.
**Updated on May 3rd**
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT
Eligible parents will receive a one-time per child payment of:
- $400 for children aged 0 to Grade 12
- $500 for children or youth aged 0 to 21 with special needs
WHO IS ELIGIBLE
$400 Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit is available to parents if their child is attending a publicly funded, private, First Nation operated or federally operated school (either in-person or online), is homeschooled, is enrolled in child care, or is at home.
All parents, irrespective of their income are eligible if you have a child who is:
- Ages 0 up to Grade 12
- up to 21 years old with special needs
You are eligible if your child:
- attends a publicly funded school
- attends a private school
- attends a First Nation operated or federally operated school
- attends school in-person or online
- is homeschooled
- is enrolled in child care
HOW TO APPLY FOR $400
The government is automatically providing this round of payments to parents who received Support for Learners payments, and they can expect money to begin flowing on April 26, 2021.
If you had applied previously, you will receive an email for each eligible child stating the same and options for payment.
FYI: You will receive three emails — the first email informing you about the payment, the second email detailing the password and how to deposit the money and the third one with a link or information about direct deposit into your account.
Expected Payment Date
Ontario Covid-19 Child Benefit payments should be issued by May 14, 2021. If you have more than one child, you may not receive all your payments at the same time. If you do not receive your payment(s) by May 10, 2021 or if you require assistance please contact the OCCB Helpline at 1-888-444-3770 and Toll-free TTY: 1-800-268-7095.
For those who did not apply earlier:
Parents who did not apply for or receive the Support for Learners program can apply for the new funding starting May 3 with a deadline of May 17.