Supports For Youth In And Leaving Care
Since 2003, Ontario has introduced a number of services and supports to ensure youth in and leaving care have every opportunity to reach their full potential.
Extended Care and Maintenance
Youth in care usually receive support until they turn 18 years old. Through the Extended Care and Maintenance program, children's aid societies continue to provide supports to youth - emotionally and financially - from ages 18 to 21, as they make their transition to adulthood.M
Ontario Child Benefit Equivalent
The government is providing children's aid societies with Ontario Child Benefit Equivalent funding to provide children and youth in care with more recreational, educational, cultural and social opportunities. This includes a savings program for older youth in care to help them gain financial literacy skills and provide them with savings to support their transition to adulthood. More than 10,000 children and youth have participated in activities and 1,733 youth have received money to put towards savings accounts.
Renewed Youth Supports Program
Since September 1, 2011, youth who left care at ages 16 or 17 are eligible to return to children's aid societies to receive financial and other supports, including Extended Care and Maintenance, until the age of 21.
RESPs Policy Directive
Since 2008, children's aid societies have been required to establish RESPs for eligible children up to age six to help in planning for postsecondary education and/or training. About 4,300 RESPs have been established provincewide for children and youth in care.
Crown Ward Education Championship Teams
Twenty-one teams, made up of representatives from children's aid societies, school boards, Employment Ontario service providers and postsecondary institutions provincewide help Crown wards overcome barriers while transitioning to postsecondary education, training and employment.
Ontario Access Grants for Crown Wards
The Ontario Access Grant for Crown Wards program provides current and former Crown wards with a tuition grant for each year of their first postsecondary program for up to four years. This grant is available regardless of the number of years the student has been out of high school.
Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) exemptions for Extended Care and Maintenance
Since 2011, financial support received through the Extended Care and Maintenance program is not counted as income when calculating the amount of OSAP Crown wards can receive.
Ontario Crown Ward Postsecondary Application Fee Reimbursement Program
This program reimburses Crown wards and former Crown wards (regardless of age, income or adoption status) for application fees for their first full-time postsecondary program.