The Ford Government Announces Financial Aid, Launching Online Application Portal for Parents

The Ford government has announced it’s launching an online portal for parents or guardians with children aged 12 and under to collect additional financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting Monday, parents can complete a simple online application through the ‘Support for Learners’ website.

Speaking at Vaughan, Ont., Education Minister Stephen Lecce said applications would remain open until January 15, 2021.

“During this very difficult period, our parents have been the unsung heroes in the fight against COVID-19, whether it’s screening their child before school or assisting them with remote learning,” said Premier Doug Ford on Monday.

“Parents have been there for us, and our government will continue to be there for them. That’s why we’re providing additional payments to help families with some of the costs of learning and childcare as we battle the second wave of COVID-19.

Ford says the new ‘Learner Support’ program will offer one-time, direct payments to help offset the additional learning costs. This grant pays families and students to go to school live, online, or a combination of the two.

Lecce says parents or guardians residing in Ontario can complete an application for each child to receive a one-time payment:

  • $200 per child aged 0 to 12; or
  • $250 if their child is under 21 years of age and has special support needs

The Ford government also announced additional financial assistance for families facing “new costs related to education in the COVID-19 era” for a total of $380 million.

“COVID-19 has imposed many costs on families in this province, which is why we are again providing financial support directly in the pockets of working parents,” said Lecce.

“Our priority remains keeping schools safe and open, and supporting families every step of the way through this incredible challenge.”

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