New Ontario Child Benefit but Clawback Still in Effect

The Ontario government promised that the 2007 Ontario Budget would tackle child poverty. This budget introduces the new Ontario Child Benefit which is suppose to help Ontario families with lower incomes provide for their children, whether the parents work or receive social assistance. The program delivers a non-taxable, one-time payment for 2007 of up to $250 per dependent child under age 18. Beginning in July 2008, OCB benefits will provide approximately 465,000 families with payments of up to $600 per child annually. In 2003 the Liberal government promised to end the child tax benefit clawback from families on social assistance. According to an article on Rabble, "No end to Ontario's child tax benefit clawback," the new Ontario Child Benefit program still does not address the clawback.