Government of Ontario has recently announced Catch Up payments which will help students to fill gaps in their studies that may have emerged because of COVID‑19.

Apply for direct Catch Up Payments to receive $200 to $250 to compensate for the cost of student learning supports that might have been lost due to COVID-19. You, as a parent or guardian, can use the one-time funding for things like equipment, supplies, and tutoring that best meet your child’s requirements.

During the 2022–23 school year, parents can take advantage of these Catch Up Payments to let their child in getting back on track.

About Catch Up Payments

During the 2022–23 school year, you may be eligible for financial support to assist with the costs of your child’s tutoring, supplies, or equipment. A single payment of the refund will be made to eligible applicants of:

  • $200 for each student between kindergarten and Grade 12, up to age 18
  • $250 for each student between kindergarten and Grade 12, up to age 21 with special education needs.

The application deadline is March 31, 2023, at 11:59 p.m.EST.

Eligibilty

Who may apply:

If you live in Ontario and are one of the following:

  • Student’s parent/guardian from KG to Grade 12.
  • The high-school student above 18 years of age.
  • Student’s parent/guardian from KG up to age 21 with ‘special education needs.

Eligible students

Students who qualify include:

  • Students enrolled in kindergarten to 12th grade.
  • Students between the ages of 18 and 21 and have special education requirements
AND
  • Go to a private school,
  • A public school,
  • A school run by the First Nation,
  • Or a school run by the federal government are homeschooled

Students enrolled in in-person or remote learning are also eligible.

No one over the age of 18 who is enrolled in adult and continuing education programs is eligible.

What is Special Education Needs?

Any student who receives special education programs or services from their school board or has a special education need for the purposes of this payment program.

Apply

You can access the application form through the website,

https://signin.ontario.ca/

Step 1: Create your profile

When you create a profile, you can see where your application stands. You can also check the status of your application throughout the process and update your information before submitting it.

Each student can only have one parent or guardian apply and be paid.

Step 2: Fill out the information of each applicant

For each student, you must submit a separate application. Each student is only allowed to submit one application. For each student, you will need the following information:

  • A valid email address,
  • Depending on the method of payment chosen, your banking information (bank name, branch or transit number, and account number), 
  • The student’s date of birth. 

All of the information you provide about them should match their school’s record (If the student attends a publicly funded school)

An individual application number will be assigned to each eligible student.

They will only process the initial student application if they receive multiple applications.

Step 3: Choose your method of payment

You will be asked to choose your preferred payment method. You can select:

  • e-transfer
  • direct deposit
  • cheque
E-transfer

The quickest way to receive your payment is through e-transfer.

Direct deposit

If you choose direct deposit as your method of payment, you should have your banking information ready before beginning the application. You will require:

  • Bank name
  • Branch or transit number
  • Account number
Cheque

In your application, you can ask to receive payment by check if you:

  • Cannot provide a banking information for direct deposit;
  • Cannot provide an email address for e-transfer; cannot provide banking information for direct deposit.

If you choose to receive payment by check, it will take us longer to send you your payment.

Step 4: Submit your application

Before submitting your application, you will be required to fill out an attestation form.

A confirmation number will be emailed to you as soon as your application has been successfully processed. Keep the confirmation number for each application you submit in a safe place.

One parent or guardian can apply

For each student, only one parent or guardian may apply. The child should be with the parent or guardian. A parent or guardian with shared custody could be one example. Who will apply is decided by the child’s parents or guardians. We will not accept duplicate applications and are not involved in these decisions.

After you apply

You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application anywhere from 1 to 5 business days later. Your confirmation number will be in it. If the confirmation email does not arrive, check your junk mail folder.

You won’t get your money for a few weeks because verification and processing of some applications may take longer.

Your payment will be delayed or denied if the information you provide is incorrect or incomplete.

Get your payment

Depending on the option you selected when submitting your application, we will send payments via e-transfer, direct deposit, or check.

Each student will receive a single payment to:

  • The parent or guardian who applied for their child.
  • 18-year-old secondary students who applied on their own

Each application is independently checked and processed. This means that you will receive separate payments if you applied for more than one child.

Check the status of your application

When you make a profile, you can do the following:

  • Check on the progress of your application
  • Make any changes to the information you’ve provided.

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