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Community Health Centre: Healthy People, Vibrant Communities

December 2020 Newsletter

The Ontario government is providing a one-time payment of $200 per child for families facing new education-related expenses in the COVID-19 era.
The new Support For Learners program will provide direct one-time payments to help offset additional learning costs, whether their children attend school in person, online or a mix of both. This initiative is part of the 2020 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover.



Eligible parents will receive a one-time per child payment of:
·        $200 for children aged 0 to 12
·        $250 for children or youth aged 0 to 21 with special needs



Support for Learners is available to parents if their child is attending a publicly funded, private, First Nation operated or federally operated school (either in-person or online), is home-schooled, is enrolled in child care, or is at home.
All parents, irrespective of their income are eligible if you have a child who is:
·        up to 12 years old
·        up to 21 years old with special needs
You are eligible if your child:
·        attends a publicly funded school
·        attends a private school
·        attends a First Nation operated or federally operated school
·        attends school in-person or online
·        is homeschooled
·        is enrolled in child care


The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021
  • Only one parent should apply and the parent who applies should have custody of the child.
  • The application form available online will need the name of your child’s school and school board (if applicable), your child’s date of birth, your banking information and a valid email address.
  • If you are unable to provide banking information and require a cheque, you can submit a special request for one.
  • You will receive an email confirmation with an application reference number after you submit your application. Payment will be dispersed through direct deposit within two weeks.

According to the website, payment through cheques will take up to several months from the date you apply.
Applications can only be submitted online.
For more information or help applying for the benefit, please contact Geoff Van Geem at 519-986-2222 ext. 6376 or
Information adapted from Ontario website
Dundalk Medical Clinic
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You may not remember exactly what happened at the holidays from year to year, but when something different happens, it’ll stick out. “Things that go wrong often make the best memories.” “This exceptional holiday season will probably be more memorable because it’s so different. We just have to find a way to make the most of it.
To keep everyone as safe as possible, your best bet is avoiding indoor get-togethers. If you can, make events in-person and outdoors, even if it means a quick chat while everyone’s bundled up.

When gathering in person outdoors, consider keeping celebrations to the daytime hours, when it might be a little bit warmer and more comfortable to spend time outside. Look for outdoor activities that can be socially distanced and keep you active, like sledding or snow-fort making. And don’t forget to serve hot foods and drinks to help keep everyone toasty. Do your Secret Santa gift exchange around an outdoor picnic table or fire pit; for ugly sweater competitions, strategize layering options so you can show off your light-up sweater and stay warm at the same time.

Wishing you all a Safe & Happy Holiday season from All of us at the South East Grey CHC!
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