Premier Ford, Minister Lecce and Associate Minister Walker announce new initiatives to support Ontarians at home during the provincewide shutdown.
The government is providing new financial support for families during the COVID-19 second wave by expanding the Support for Learners program to include all secondary school students.
Starting in January 2021, all secondary school students will be eligible under an expanded Support for Learners program. Parents will receive a one-time payment of $200 to help with education expenses. Support will be available for those who attend a public or private school or are home schooled.
Application instructions will be available on the Support for Learners web page starting in January.
Applications will remain open for the Support for Learners program for children or youth aged 0 to 12, or 0 to 21 with special needs.
Additionally, starting January 1, 2021, the government will hold electricity prices to the off-peak rate of 8.5 cents-per-kilowatt-hour for all time-of-use and tiered customers.
The government is also making it easier for families and businesses to receive support on their overdue electricity bills through the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP). Any residential, small business, or registered charity customer with an overdue electricity or natural gas bill will now be eligible to apply.