Is the government giving $400 per child to all parents?
Yes, the Ontario government is giving a one-time Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit (OCCB) to eligible parents. It's money to help parents with the costs of taking care of their children during the pandemic.
If you're a parent in Ontario, you get:
- $400 for each child from birth to Grade 12
- $500 for each child with special needs who is 21 years or younger
Your child does not need to be enrolled in school or daycare.
Some parents don’t need to apply
If you received a payment for your child from the Ontario government's Support for Learners program, you automatically receive the OCCB. You don't have to apply for it. The Support for Learners program has now ended.
Deadline to apply is May 17
If you did not get a payment from the Support for Learners program, then you must apply for the OCCB to get your one-time payment. The deadline to apply is May 17, 2021.
You must submit a separate application for each child.
Only one parent can apply. The parent who has decision-making responsibility for the child has to apply. Decision-making responsibility used to be called custody.
If you have shared decision-making responsibility or shared custody, it's up to you to decide which parent will apply.
The government started making OCCB payments at the end of April 2021.
You can receive your payment by direct deposit or e-transfer. E-transfer is the fastest way to get your payment.
The payment for each child is processed separately. If you have more than one child, the payments may not arrive at the same time.
Parents on OW or ODSP
The government has not yet said if the money from this program will count as income when deciding eligibility for OW or ODSP. But similar payments to parents in the past did not affect eligibility for OW or ODSP.
If the government decides that the OCCB counts as income, it could affect your eligibility for OW or ODSP. It could also affect the amount of money you get from OW or ODSP.
This information will be updated when the government updates its information.
For more information, call the OCCB helpline at 1-888-444-3770. TTY: 1-800-268-7095.