Ontario parents to receive another $200 per child for school expenses

online learning payment Parents will get a second payment from the Ontario government for school expenses by Christmas. Photo credit: Canva Stock.

The Ontario government is providing parents with a second payment of at least $200 to help with school expenses.

Ontario parents with children under age 12 will get $200. Parents with children with special needs ages 21 or younger will get $250. The money, the government says, is to help with in-school and online learning expenses.

“We have all heard from parents about the new expenses that supporting their kid’s education during COVID-19 has brought on. The government cannot end the global pandemic, but it will provide a measure of support,” said Ontario Finance Minister, Rod Phillips during yesterday’s unveiling of the 2020 budget.

The Support for Families program provided families that applied between Apr. 6 and Aug. 31 with a one-time payment, per child to help supplement the cost of school supplies, books, educational apps, and other related learning tools. 

As part of the Support pillar of the 2020 budget plan (read the details of the entire budget), a second payment will be sent to further support families affected by COVID in schools and during home learning.

The second round of payments will cost the government approximately $380 million building on the $378 million given during the first batch of payments. Parents are expected to receive the payment by Christmas.