COVID-19 Child Benefit

Page Updated May 17th 2021

The Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit - Last Day!


About the Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit

The Support for Learners program deadline was February 8, 2021 and the program is no longer accepting applications. But, even if you missed the Support For Learners program, you are still able to apply for the Ontario COVID-19covid 19 Child Benefit.

The Ontario COVID-19covid 19 Child Benefit provides financial support to families with learners to help with additional costs during the COVID-19covid 19 pandemic.

Starting on April 26, we will begin issuing payments of:

  • $400 for each child or youth up to Grade 12
  • $500 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs

If you received a payment through the Support for Learners program, you do not need to apply for this additional payment.

However, if you applied for Support for Learners but did not receive your payment by April 23, you will not automatically receive payment under the Ontario COVID-19covid 19 Child Benefit. In this case, you will need to apply for it.

Applications are open from May 3, 2021 to May 17, 2021.

This new round of payment through the Ontario COVID-19covid 19 Child Benefit is in addition to payments provided by Support for Families and the Support for Learners programs.

Getting your payment

If you applied for Support for Learners

If you haven’t received a confirmation email or your automatic payment for the Ontario COVID-19covid 19 Child Benefit by May 10, you will need to apply for it.

If you get an error message when you try to apply, please contact us.

We will send payments by e-transfer, direct deposit or cheque, based on what you chose when you applied for the Support for Learners program. Payments will be made individually per child, youth or student to the account of:

  • the parent or guardian who applied for their child
  • secondary students who are over the age of 18 and applied on their own

If you applied for more than one child, you may not receive all payments at the same time.

Eligibility

You can apply if you live in Ontario and are a:

  • parent or guardian to a child or youth up to Grade 12
  • secondary school student over the age of 18
  • parent or guardian to a child or youth that is 21 or younger and has special needs

A child or youth with special needs is any:

  • student reported to be receiving special education programs or services by their school board
  • child enrolled in licensed child care and reported to be receiving special needs funding or support
  • child identified as having a special need

We do not consider students who are identified as being solely gifted to have special needs under this program.

It doesn't matter if a child or youth is enrolled in school or child care.

Children, youth or students are eligible if they:

  • attend a publicly funded school
  • attend a private school
  • attend a First Nation operated or federally operated school
  • attend school in-person or online
  • are homeschooled
  • are enrolled in child care
  • are at home

How to apply

If you did not apply for the Support for Learners program, you can apply for the Ontario COVID-19covid 19 Child Benefit now.

You must submit a separate application for each child or student. We will only accept one application per child, youth or student.

The deadline to apply is May 17, 2021.

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Information you will need

When applying, you will need the following information for each child or youth:

  • the name of their school or school board (if applicable)
  • their date of birth
  • their nine-digit Ontario Education Number (this can be found from your child’s Ontario report card, located at the top)
  • a valid email address
  • your banking information (bank name, branch or transit number and account number)

All information that you provide about a student should match their school’s record (if applicable).

Payment options

You can get your payment through:

  • e-transfer
  • direct deposit
  • cheque

The easiest way to receive your payment is through e-transfer.

If you choose to receive your payment through direct deposit, before beginning the application, make sure that you have your banking information ready. You will need your:

  • bank name
  • branch or transit number
  • account number

If you cannot provide banking information and need a cheque, you can make a special request in your application, but it will take us longer to send you your payment.

We will send payments:

  • to the account of the parent or guardian who is applying for their child (not directly to a child’s account)
  • directly to secondary students who are over the age of 18 and applied on their own

For parents or guardians

Only one parent or guardian will be able to apply for each child. The parent or guardian should have custody of the child. This could include a parent or guardian with shared custody.

It is up to the child’s parents or guardians to determine who will apply. We are not involved in these decisions and we will not accept more than one application per child.

For secondary students who are over 18

If you are a secondary student over the age of 18, you can apply on your own, or one of your parents or guardians can apply for you.

We are not involved in decisions regarding who will apply and will not accept more than one application per individual.

After you apply

As soon as you successfully complete your application, you’ll get a confirmation number. Record and keep the confirmation number for each application.

In one to five business days, you’ll also get an email confirming that we received your application. It will include your confirmation number. Be sure to check your junk mail folder if you do not receive the confirmation email.

You will receive your payment after your application has been verified and processed. Please note that some applications will take longer to verify and process.

We process all applications. We will delay or deny your payment if the information you provide is incomplete or inaccurate.

We will verify and pay each application separately. That means if you applied for more than one child, you may not receive payments at the same time.


Have Questions or Need Assistance?

Contact my office:

(905) 569-1643

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