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 30 /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 new Ontario Child Benefit is about opportunity," said Chambers
speaking to children and parents at a parenting and literacy centre at
Military Trail School today. "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.
    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.
    

    Military Trail Parenting and Family Literacy Centre provides parents and
families with a positive introduction to the school system while supporting
their child's development through access to family literacy and numeracy
programs for children ages 0 to 6. These centres located across the city also
serve as a support system and connect parents to community sources for child
development, housing, health issues, childcare, legal aid and other local
services. The Ontario Budget committed $6 million annually to support existing
parent and family literacy centres in Toronto and to expand centres across
Ontario.

    
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    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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