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Increasing Support for Nearly One Million Children

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Increasing Support for Nearly One Million Children

Ontario Government Boosting Ontario Child Benefit

Ministry of Children and Youth Services

Ontario is increasing support for parents and helping more families with the costs of raising their children through a boost to the Ontario Child Benefit.

Beginning next month, 510,000 families will receive an increase of up to $110 and 24,000 families will become eligible for the Ontario Child Benefit for the first time. This additional support will help families with the cost of food, clothing, recreation and other necessities.

The benefit will increase in July 2013 to a maximum annual payment of $1,210 for each child, and then to $1,310 in July 2014.

Supporting families so they can raise healthy children supports the Ontario government's efforts to create a fair and prosperous society and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Families with an annual income of $20,000 or less will receive the full Ontario Child Benefit for each child. Those earning more may also be eligible, based on the number of children under 18 and the family net income.
  • Parents don't need to apply for the Ontario Child Benefit. To be eligible they must file their income taxes, register for the Canada Child Tax Benefit, have a child under age 18, and live in Ontario.

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“We want Ontario’s children to have the best possible start. Raising the Ontario Child Benefit will make it easier for more families to provide necessities like clothing, housing, food and recreation, while planning for their kids to succeed.”

Teresa Piruzza

Minister of Children and Youth Services

Ted McMeekin

“The Ontario Child Benefit contributes to the well-being of tens of thousands of families receiving social assistance in Ontario, and remains a cornerstone of our commitment to building a fair society.”

Ted McMeekin

Minister of Community and Social Services

“Increasing the Ontario Child Benefit will be welcomed by the families we serve because it will help them meet their everyday needs. I am encouraged to see that poverty reduction continues to be a priority for the Ontario government.”

Gail Nyberg

Executive Director, Daily Bread Food Bank

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