New Monthly Child Benefit Payments Start



    McGuinty Government Building Opportunity For Low-Income Families and
    Children

    TORONTO, July 23 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    This week, about 465,000 families with 960,000 children are receiving the
first monthly Ontario Child Benefit payments
(http://www.gov.on.ca/children/english/programs/ocb/index.html).
    The new monthly payments that equal up to $600 this year, growing to up
to $1,100 a year by 2011, will help all eligible low-income families with the
cost of raising their children.
    When fully implemented in 2011, the Ontario Child Benefit will reach
nearly 1.3 million children living in 600,000 low-income families, bringing
the government's total investment to $2.1 billion.
    Families with an annual income of $20,000 or less will receive the full
benefit for each child, while families earning more may also be eligible based
on the number of children under 18 and the family net income.
    The Ontario Child Benefit is a major reform to the way assistance is
provided to low-income families because children can qualify whether their
parents are working or not. This means that people can move off welfare
without worrying about losing support for their kids.
    The Ontario Child Benefit is the cornerstone of the McGuinty government's
commitment to develop a poverty reduction strategy that will expand
opportunities for children and low-income families so they can reach their
full potential and contribute to a strong economy.

    QUOTES

    "We're now making it a little easier for all low-income families to
provide for their children every month," said Children and Youth Services
(http://www.gov.on.ca/children/english/ministry/index.html) Minister Deb
Matthews
(http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/members/members_detail.do?locale=en&ID=2122). "For
a family with two children, the OCB could mean an extra $100 worth of
nutritious groceries. We know this is the right thing to do for our families -
and it's also the smart thing to do for our economy."
    "To get the Ontario Child Benefit it's crucial that low-income families
fill out their tax returns," said Toronto Centre MPP, George Smitherman.
    "The Ontario Child Benefit will reduce barriers faced by families with
children trying to leave welfare for work," said Gail Nyberg, executive
director of Toronto's Daily Bread Food Bank (http://www.dailybread.ca/). "At
the same time it will help reduce child poverty and hunger."

    QUICK FACTS

    
    -   The Ontario Child Benefit
        (http://www.gov.on.ca/children/english/programs/ocb/index.html) is
        being delivered for the province by the
        Canada Revenue Agency (http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/menu-eng.html)
        and appears on the same cheque as the Canada Child Tax Benefit
        (http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/cctb/menu-eng.html) and the National
        Child Benefit (http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/ncb-eng.html)
        Supplement.
    -   Eligible families need to file their income tax returns
        (http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/forms/) before they can receive the Ontario
        Child Benefit.
    -   Families must also register for the Canada Child Tax Benefit
        (http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/cctb/menu-eng.html).
    -   Funding equivalent to the maximum Ontario Child Benefit
        (http://www.gov.on.ca/children/english/programs/ocb/index.html) is
        also provided to children and youth
        (http://www.gov.on.ca/children/static/247269.html) in the care of
        children's aid societies (http://www.oacas.org/).
    

    LEARN MORE

    Learn more about the Ontario Child Benefit
    (http://www.gov.on.ca/children/english/programs/ocb/index.html).

    Check the online calculator to see if you are eligible 
(http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/english/budget/ontariobudgets/2007/ocb/calc.html)

    Find out what's happening in the fight against poverty
    (http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/team/committee.asp?Team=15) in Ontario.

    
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For further information:

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

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