Parents to receive $400 of 3rd round of pandemic payouts
Ontario families with children can expect to receive a new round of payments from the government aimed at relieving pressures related to the pandemic.
The Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit will give parents at least $400 for each of their children in a third round of payouts, doubling the amount previously issued under the measure.
The direct payment, paired with a temporary 20 percent top-up on Ontario’s child-care tax credit, is aimed at easing the economic burden on parents and allowing them to return to work.
The province will give families $400 per child in Grade 12 or younger, and $500 per child or youth with special needs aged 21 and under.
The province said any family will be eligible for the latest pandemic payment program, regardless of family income, and those who received the benefit last year won’t need to re-enroll.
The government noted the additional payment will cost another $908 million in 2021, for a total of $1.8 billion since the start of the pandemic.
No details have been provided yet on how or when parents can apply.