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November 30, 2020 marked the launch of the Ministry of Education’s Support for Learners Program.
This program is available to parents if their child is attending a publicly funded, private, First Nation operated or federally operated school (either in-person or online), is homeschooled, is enrolled in child care, or is at home.
Support for Learners funding is intended to assist parents with costs incurred during the second wave of COVID-19 for the 2020-2021 school year. Eligible parents or guardians will receive a one-time payment of:
- $200 for each child up to age 12
- $250 for each child or youth up to age 21 years with special needs
This investment is in addition to the initial $378 million investment the government provided in Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID‑19, released in March 2020, which assisted parents while Ontario schools and childcare centres were closed during the first wave of the COVID‑19 pandemic.
Parents or guardians, who are residents of Ontario, with eligible children will need to submit a new application for each child. To find out more information or to apply parents will visit Ontario.ca/SupportforLearners.
The application process closes on January 15, 2021.