Ontario

Temporary Care Assistance

Easy application

Tax filing required

The Temporary Care Assistance provides income assistance and benefits to an adult on behalf of a child where:

  • The child is in the temporary care of the adult.
  • The child is in financial need.
  • The child is not a dependent child for the purposes of Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program.
  • The adult providing the care does not have a legal obligation to support the child.
  • The adult caregiver is not receiving compensation for caring for the child under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act.

The maximum amount of assistance that may be issued for a child in temporary care not living north of the 50th parallel is $274 for the first child and $224 for each additional child.

The maximum amount of assistance that may be issued for a child in temporary care living north of the 50th parallel, and without year-round road access, is $440 for the first child and $326 for each additional child.

Eligibility for this program is based on the income and assets of the child, not the financial circumstances of the person who is looking after the child. To be eligible, you:

  • Must be making reasonable efforts to seek support from the person who is legally responsible for the child.
  • Must not be receiving money from a Children's Aid Society.

The child is also eligible to receive some benefits such as prescription drugs, dental and vision care.

Proof of birth

A document with first name, last name, and date of birth.

  • Birth certificate or birth registration
  • Hospital record of birth or record of the physician/nurse/midwife who attended the birth
  • Passport
  • Record of landing or confirmation of permanent residence issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • Citizenship certificate
  • Note of decision or temporary resident’s permit issued under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Certificate of Indian status card
  • Provincial identity card

Proof of legal status

A document showing citizenship or immigration status in Canada

  • citizenship certificate
  • confirmation document
  • record of landing, confirmation of permanent residence;
    • permanent resident card
    • visitor record
    • temporary resident permit
    • study permit
  • positive notice of decision
  • verification of status document
  • registration date with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • passport
  • foreign passport

Last updated: September 2, 2021