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More Support for Low-Income Families

Ontario Government Proposes Increase in Child Benefit

Office of the Premier

Today, Premier Kathleen Wynne visited the Early Years Centre at the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office where she highlighted the 2013 Budget's proposed increases to the Ontario Child Benefit, which helps about one million low- to moderate-income children across the province.

The Ontario government is proposing to increase the Ontario Child Benefit's annual maximum payment by up to $210 over the next two years. This would raise the maximum payment from $1,100 to $1,310 per year for each child, helping parents with their family expenses. 

In order for parents to receive this year's proposed increase of $110 this July, the Budget 2013 bill would have to be passed and proclaimed before July 1, 2013.

This proposed increase is part of the Ontario government's plan to help people with their everyday lives. 

Quick Facts

  • The Ontario Child Benefit helps low-income parents provide for their children, whether they are working or not.
  • The benefit would also increase by another $100 per year as of July 1, 2014.
  • The Ontario Child Benefit provides financial support that has helped lift 40,000 children out of poverty.
  • 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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“As the mother of three kids, I know how far $210 can go. Our government is committed to making sure that all Ontario children get a fair start in life. Increasing the Ontario Child Benefit is part of our plan to help people with their everyday lives.”

Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario

“We are focused on making sure low-income families have the financial support they need to help their children thrive. Raising the Ontario Child Benefit would help ensure that all of our children can grow up with the necessities they need to excel.”

Teresa Piruzza

Minister of Children and Youth Services



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