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Ontario Ensuring Vulnerable Families Keep Full Canada Child Benefit

Posted On: Monday, June 20, 2016

Province Helping to Fight Child Poverty

As part of its commitment to combat child poverty, Ontario will ensure that families receiving social assistance fully benefit from the proposed new federal Canada Child Benefit (CCB), without any provincial 'clawback'.

As a result, almost 260,000 children in families who receive social assistance will benefit from the full amount of their CCB payment.

The CCB is expected to take effect July 1, 2016. Ontario has taken the necessary steps to ensure that the full amount of the CCB benefit will be paid directly to families and will not affect the amount of, or eligibility for:  

  • Ontario Works benefits
  • Ontario Disability Support Program benefits
  • Child care subsidies under the Child Care and Early Years Act
  • Healthy Smiles Ontario, the province’s dental program for low-income youth
  • Rent-geared-to-income subsidies
  • Portable housing benefits.

The provincial changes, which include regulatory changes, have already been made so that they will apply to the very first CCB payment to families. The maximum annual benefit will be $6,400 per child under the age of six and $5,400 per child aged six to 17. The vast majority of families receiving social assistance in Ontario will receive these maximum amounts.

Combatting child poverty is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

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