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Ontario. Ministry of Education

Site: Central East Region

Service: Education Catch Up Payments

Record #: BAR3563
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2023
Last Full Update: 21 Oct 2022


Office Phone 416-325-2929
Toll Free Phone 1-800-387-5514
TTY Phone 416-325-3408 * 1-800-268-7095


Address & Map
Mowat Block
900 Bay St, 14th Flr
Toronto, ON M7A 1L2
Intersection Bay St and Wellesley St E
Physical Access Not Applicable


Description (Service)

Apply for direct Catch Up Payments to get $200 to $250 to help pay for student learning supports to help fill gaps that may have emerged because of COVID‑19. As a parent or guardian, you can use this one-time funding for things that best suit your child’s needs like tutoring services, supplies and equipment. This payment will not be treated as income by the provinical government. This means it will not affect OW or ODSP eligibility or payment amounts.

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

These Catch Up Payments are available to parents to help their child get back on track during the 2022–23 school year. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Service Details

Legal Status (30) Provincial Government

Not Applicable

Areas Served Ontario
Eligibility You are eligible to apply if you live in Ontario and are a:
  • parent or guardian to a student from kindergarten to Grade 12
  • secondary school student who is 18 years of age
  • parent or guardian to a student from kindergarten up to age 21 with special education needs
Eligible students. Students are eligible if they are:
  • enrolled in kindergarten to Grade 12 and are up to 18 years old
  • enrolled in kindergarten to Grade 12 are up to 21 years old and have special education needs

  • go to a publicly funded school
  • go to a private school
  • go to a First Nation operated or federally operated school
  • are homeschooled
Both in person and remote learning students are eligible.

Students of Adult and Continuing Education programs for individuals over 18 years of age are not eligible.

Online: Create a profile and apply at

Only one parent or guardian may apply for each child. Submit a separate application for each one.
You will need the following information for each child:

  • the name of their school and school board, if this applies
  • their date of birth
  • a valid email address

You will then have to choose whether you want the payment by:

  • cheque mailed to your address
  • Interac e-transfer or
  • direct deposit

If you choose direct deposit, you have to give your bank name, branch or transit number, and account number.

After you apply you will get a confirmation email 1 – 5 business days after you apply. It will include your confirmation number. Check your junk mail folder if you do not see the confirmation email. It can take a few weeks. The fastest way to get payment is by Interac e-transfer. You will get a separate payment for each child that you apply for. If you do not give all the information the form asks for or if some of it is wrong, your payment may be delayed, or you may not get the money.

Languages English ; French
Fees None

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