Ontario Child Benefit Expands Opportunity For Low-Income Families And Children



    Parents Are Reminded to File Tax Returns to Receive Ontario Child Benefit

    SCARBOROUGH, ON, April 24 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is reminding
parents to file their income tax returns in order to be eligible for the new
Ontario Child Benefit, which is providing low-income families with an
opportunity to give their children a better life, Minister of Children and
Youth Services Mary Anne Chambers said today.
    "The Ontario Child Benefit is about opportunity," said Chambers. "Our
government has taken a giant leap forward to expand opportunities for
Ontario's children and families so no one is left behind because of a lack of
opportunity."
    Over the next five years, the Ontario Child Benefit will invest an
additional $2.1 billion to help the families of the 1.3 million Ontario
children. This benefit will provide low-income families with up to $250 per
child this July and grow to a maximum of $1,100 per child by 2011.
    This new financial support will apply to all children under 18 in
low-income families, whether their parents are able to work or not. To be
eligible, a parent needs to file his or her income tax return as soon as
possible and register for the Canada Child Tax Benefit, and meet other
requirements such as Ontario residency and an income test.

    
    Other provincial government measures to benefit children and families
    include:

    -   Increasing social assistance rates by two per cent - a seven per cent
        increase since 2003
    -   Raising the minimum wage to $10.25 in 2010
    -   Enhancing child care funding by $25 million in 2007-08, growing to
        $50 million annually starting in 2008-09
    -   Improving supports for at-risk families with children with an
        investment of over $5 million.

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                           www.children.gov.on.ca



    Fact Sheet
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                      ONTARIO CHILD BENEFIT ELIGIBILITY
                                 STEP-BY-STEP

    Go to the ministry website at www.children.gov.on.ca and click on Ontario
    Child Benefit for more information.

    Depending on your family income, you may be eligible for the Ontario Child
Benefit down payment of up to $250 in July 2007 if you meet these
requirements:

    1.  You are a primary caregiver (single parent, spouse or common-law
        partner) of one or more children under 18 years old in a low-income
        family, whether you are able to work or not.

    2.  You have filed your 2006 tax return and it has been assessed.

        If you have not filed a tax return, you can download an Income Tax
        and Benefit Package from the Canada Revenue Agency website at
        www.cra.gc.ca/forms. You can also call the Canada Revenue Agency
        toll-free at 1-800-959-2221 and request a package.

    3.  You have registered for the federal Canada Child Tax Benefit.

        If you have not registered, application forms are available from the
        Canada Revenue Agency on their website at
        www.cra-arc.gc.ca/benefits/cctb or by calling the Canada Revenue
        Agency toll-free at 1-800-959-2221.

    4.  You are a resident of Ontario as of July 1, 2007.
    

    If you meet all of the requirements above, a cheque for the Ontario Child
Benefit down payment will be mailed out to you by the Canada Revenue Agency
this July.
    Beginning in July 2008, if you qualify and file your yearly tax return,
monthly payments will be included with your Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB)
and National Child Benefit Supplement (NCBS) payments.





For further information:

For further information: Tricia Edgar, Minister's Office, (416)
212-7161, (416) 571-7247 (Cell); Anne Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children
and Youth Services, (416) 325-5156

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