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Ontario rolls out new round of direct payments to parents of school-aged children

TORONTO — Ontario parents with school-aged children can apply starting today for government payments of up to $200 per child or $250 for kids with special needs.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce is framing the payments as help for tutoring supports for students to “catch up” from the pandemic.

But the government announcement contains no references to parents having to prove how the money would be used.

Ontario issued several rounds of direct payments to parents during the COVID-19 pandemic, with no strings attached other than the age of their children.

The new “catch up” payments will total $365 million.

When vague details of the program were first announced in this year’s postelection budget, critics said money should go toward the public education system and not be funnelled to private tutoring companies.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 20, 2022.

The Canadian Press