Families on social assistance to receive full child tax credit benefits

TORONTO — Ontario says families receiving social assistance will receive the full amount of the Canada Child Benefit without losing eligibility or money from the social assistance payments they already receive.

Minister of Community and Social Services Dr. Helena Jaczek said Ontario is pleased to be working together with Ottawa to combat child poverty.

There are nearly 260,000 children in Ontario families that rely on social assistance programs such as Ontario Works, Disability and Rent-geared-to-income subsidies.

Jaczek said putting the full amount of the Canada Child Benefit in the hands of families instead of clawing it back to subsidize existing provincial programs is a crucial to helping the most vulnerable children and families in the province.

The changes take effect July 1st.

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