Latest round of Support for Learners funding will be automatically sent out if you applied for previous payments

Those who have not yet applied can do so as of May 3

Ontario’s Minister of Education says if you signed up for the last batch of parental support funding, you won’t have to do it again. If you didn’t sign up for previous payments, you’ll get your chance.

Minister Stephen Lecce handed down details on Wednesday of the latest batch of supports for parents and guardians through the popular Support for Learners Program. This go-around, parents and guardians of children up to grade 12 will receive $400. Children and youth aged 21 or younger and with special needs will receive $500. This is double the amount of the last two payments through this program to both groups of children.

Those who registered for the Support for Learners program previously will not have to do so again; Minister Lecce says payments will be automatically provided, with funds beginning to flow out as of April 26. Parents who did not apply for or receive Support for Learners payments can apply for the new round of funding as of May 3, with a deadline of May 17.

In addition to the Support for Learners funding, Minister Lecce highlighted a proposed 20 per cent increase to the Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE) tax credit. If passed, it could mean an average savings of up to $1,500 for low-income families.