Ontario increases the amount of money parents will receive in direct patents to “help children catch up” by about $140 million; however, it is not yet clear how this money will be distributed or when families can expect it.
At a press conference late Friday morning, Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy confirmed the government will spend over $365 million in direct payments to parents, up from a $225 million investment announced in August.
Parents will be able to apply for funding in October, although the government did not say exactly how much money is available per year. child or when they want to see a check.
“This increased federal funding can be used by parents for things like additional tutoring support or supplies and equipment that support learning,” Bethlenfalvy said. “We will soon have more details on when and how parents can expect to receive their direct payments.”
Details of these direct payments have been promised for weeks. When the government first announced the investment, they said more information about eligibility would be available in the coming days.
In the 2021 budget, the Progressive Conservative government set aside about $980 million in direct payments to parents to offset costs incurred as a result of virtual learning as children moved in and out of the classroom due to the pandemic.
At the time, parents received $400 per child aged 0 to 12 years. If the same number of parents are eligible for this round of funding, it could equate to just under $150 per child. child, without taking into account extra funds for children with special needs.
That number was closer to $90 with the previous $225 million investment.
This will be the fourth payout to parents since Premier Doug Ford took office in 2018. The other two cases were rolled out under the Support For Learners program at the start of the pandemic.
Under this program, parents received about $200 per child or $250 per child with special needs. This cost the Ford government an estimated $868 million.