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  • July 16, 2009

The Ontario Child Benefit Increase is Helping Families in Need

By Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP, Oak Ridges - Markham

Reducing poverty is not only the right thing to do, but it’s the smart thing to do. It’s good for families, it’s good for business, it’s good for our economy and it’s good for the future success of Ontario.

That’s why the McGuinty government is helping low-income families by almost doubling the Ontario Child Benefit from a maximum of $600 last year to up to $1,100 per child this year. The increased benefit will put more money in the pockets of families who need it most.

Families that earn $20,000 or less in a year receive the full benefit for each child, and families earning more may also be eligible, depending on the number of children under 18 and their family net income. The OCB will reach 1.3 million Ontario children and 600,000 low-income families – making a positive difference in their lives.

For a family with two children, the benefit can provide close to $200 a month – this can mean extra healthy groceries every month or the chance for kids to take part in some after-school or summer activities that weren't an option before.

The Ontario Child Benefit is a cornerstone of our efforts to reduce child poverty. But we know there is more to do. That’s why, this past May the Ontario government passed historic legislation that will now require future governments to continue the fight against poverty. We want everyone in Ontario to have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

You don’t need to apply for the benefit, but you do need to file your income taxes and register for the federal government’s Canada Child Tax Benefit.

To learn more about the Ontario Child Benefit, visit or call

Dr. Helena Jaczek
MPP for Oak Ridges-Markham

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