We have recently learned that the Ontario government plans on eliminating a benefit that allows some parents on Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Program to feed and clothe their children.
The Transition Child Benefit provides up to $230 per child per month to parents on OW or ODSP who are not eligible for the Ontario Child Benefit, to allow them to pay for basic living expenses for their children.
After the Ontario Child Benefit was created, “basic needs” money for children was eliminated from OW and ODSP. Parents on social assistance who don’t get the Ontario Child Benefit rely on the Transition Child Benefit to put food on the table for their kids.
Read our backgrounder on this issue here: Transition Child Benefit Elimination - May 2019
Information about the Transition Child Benefit is available on the Ministry’s ODSP website here: https://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/odsp/income_support/odsp_transition.aspx
More information about the Transition Child Benefit is available on Steps to Justice here: https://stepstojustice.ca/questions/income-assistance/what-transition-child-benefit-and-can-i-get-it
When the TCB was first introduced in 2008, we produced this fact sheet: http://incomesecurity.org/publications/child-benefits/Transition_Child_Benefit_-_Fact_Sheet_-_2008.doc
Watch for more information and action from ISAC as it becomes available.