Making It A Little Easier For Low-Income Ontario Families



    File Your Income Tax Return To Qualify For New Monthly Ontario Child
    Benefit

    LONDON, ON, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - Low-income families will begin receiving the
new monthly Ontario Child Benefit in July 2008 - but they need to file their
income taxes first.
    The Ontario Child Benefit will provide $100 a month to a family with two
children under 18 and income of $20,000. For that same family, this amount
will grow to about $180 a month in July 2011 when the benefit is fully
implemented. Families earning more than $20,000 may also be eligible, based on
the number of children.
    "We are helping low-income families provide for their children every
month," said Children and Youth Services Minister Deb Matthews.
    Matthews is the Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction,
which also includes the Ministers of Health, Education and Finance among
others.
    The committee is in the process of looking at the best way to build a
long-term poverty reduction strategy by mobilizing different levels of
government, businesses, not-for-profits and committed citizens across the
province.
    "The Ontario Child Benefit is the cornerstone of our long-term plan to
lift low-income families out of poverty by creating more opportunities,"
Matthews added.
    The Ontario Child Benefit will represent a total annual investment of
$2.1 billion to help nearly 1.3 million Ontario children living in 600,000
low-income families when fully implemented.

    To begin receiving the new, monthly Ontario Child Benefit in July,
families must:
    
    -   File income taxes in a timely fashion (roughly before April 30)
    -   Register for the Canada Child Tax Benefit
    

    The Ontario Child Benefit will be sent out with the Canada Child Tax
Benefit and the National Child Benefit Supplement. To learn more, go to
www.ontariochildbenefit.ca.

    
    Disponible en français

                         www.ontariochildbenefit.ca
                           www.children.gov.on.ca
    





For further information:

For further information: Stephanie Kupiec, Minister's Office, (416)
212-3394; Anne Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, (416)
325-5156

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