Expanding Support for Learners Program to Secondary Students

Published on December 23, 2020

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.

By pivoting temporarily to teacher-led online learning, we are doing our part to protect against the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

Our aim, during these extraordinarily challenging times, is to continue supporting those impacted hardest by the COVID-19 outbreak — Ontario families.

The expanded program, which will be launched in the new year, will see parents of secondary school students receive a one-time payment of $200 to help with education expenses - over 690,000 students will be eligible for the expanded Support for Learners program. 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.

This investment builds on the $378 million provided to parents during the first wave of COVID-19 and the Support for Learners program, launched in November, to which the government has received almost 1.3 million applications and provided more than $175M in relief to working families across Ontario.  

By supporting families with high school age students, we can help keep people safely at home and ensure kids have access to the resources they need to learn.

We remain committed to helping parents and families with the unprecedented challenges they are facing this school year.

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