Expanding Opportunity For Families And Children

    Ontario Child Benefit To Help 600,000 Families And 1.3 Million Children

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 19 /CNW/ - The Ontario Child Benefit introduced in
the 2007 Budget will expand opportunity by providing more assistance to
children in all low-income families - whether their parents are able to work
or not, Minister of Community and Social Services Madeleine Meilleur said
    "In addition to helping all children in low-income families, the Ontario
Child Benefit also means parents would be able to move off social assistance
without worrying about losing support for their children," said Meilleur.
"This is an historic investment in our most vulnerable so that they may have
every chance to succeed. This is not about making poverty more comfortable.
It's about making opportunity more accessible."
    Ontario's 2007 Budget will invest an additional $2.1 billion in
low-income families with children over the next five years through the Ontario
Child Benefit. It 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. These reforms
would go well beyond ending the deduction of the National Child Benefit
Supplement from social assistance, investing four times as much money to help
many more children - including some who are not currently on social
    "I am proud of our government and our budget that show how much we care
about families in our communities," said Peter Fonseca, MPP for Mississauga
East. "We are committed to helping families who are struggling on a low
income. The Ontario Child Benefit is a significant investment that will give
more children in Ontario the chance to succeed."
    Other measures from the 2007 Budget that will benefit children and
families include:
    -   Increasing social assistance rates by another 2 per cent - a total
        7 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.

    "Our government is serious about helping all Ontario children get a good
start in life and to help low income families break out of the poverty cycle,"
said Minister of Children and Youth Services Mary Anne Chambers. "It's the
right thing to do for our children and the smart thing to do for our society."

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For further information:

For further information: Arianne Matte, Minister's Office, Ministry of
Community and Social Services, (416) 325-5450; Tricia Edgar, Minister's
Office, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, (416) 212-7161, (416)
571-7247 (cell); John Letherby, Communications and Marketing Branch, Ministry
of Community and Social Services, (416) 325-5187; Anne Machowski-Smith,
Communications and Marketing Branch, Ministry of Children and Youth Services,
(416) 325-5156

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