Parents to Get New $400 Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit Starting April 26, New Applications Open May 3, 2021

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**



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


$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



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.

Apply here.

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    1. Omar Abbas

      why should we apply for it, all parent already registered child care benefit should receive this, I do not understand the process of applying.
      I wasn’t aware of last ears application, so didn’t receive anything, and that’s not fair.
      In these dark times, every dollar counts and helps parents breakeven rather than lending money to fulfill our obligations (Rent, utilities, etc…)

      May 1, 2021 at 12:24 PM
    2. Waseem Ahmed

      I had applied last time too and i want to apply for this benefits as well but don not know where i can apply and how

      May 2, 2021 at 1:43 PM
    3. Sonia

      I have received it for one child on the date that was expected, April 26 waiting for the other child’s funds now

      May 2, 2021 at 8:20 PM
    4. Dawn

      I have not received nothing for my 2 children and need to apply for my youngest

      May 3, 2021 at 7:15 AM
    5. Clau

      I been on the website to apply for the OCCB since early this morning and it says applications will be available on this page but there’s nothing that shows where to applied?? Any suggestions?

      May 3, 2021 at 7:44 AM
    6. Sabrina Ferreira

      I still haven’t received the payment. I got the email saying it was coming start April 26, I got that back in early April, but still no payment

      May 3, 2021 at 7:47 AM
    7. Adam

      Wife still waiting on this for our 2 kids. She got the email conf # few weeks ago.

      May 3, 2021 at 8:05 AM
    8. Stephanie

      i been trying to look where to apply and cant find anything at all and i have one child to apply for

      May 3, 2021 at 8:33 AM
    9. shawn Cameron
      May 3, 2021 at 10:16 AM
    10. Joan Hardy

      i have not received any since last year for my other daughter but never rectified by them, i am going to try it again to apply see if we can get it. I called so many time but they keep saying they will look into it.

      May 3, 2021 at 4:08 PM

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