Support for Learners

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Families can get financial support to help with additional costs during the 2020-2021 school year due to COVID-19.

One-time payment for families, called the Support for Learners, is now accepting applications. The deadline to apply is February 8, 2021.

Eligible parents or guardians will receive a one-time payment of:

  • $200 for each child up to age 12
  • $250 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs

A child with special needs is:

  • any student receiving special education programs or services by their school board
  • any child enrolled in licensed child care reported to be receiving special needs funding or support
  • any child identified as having a special need

Students who are identified as being solely gifted (meaning, they have no other special education supports reported) are not considered to have special needs under this program.

It doesn’t matter if your child is enrolled in school or child care. All children are eligible based on their age.

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
  • is at home

Be sure to submit an application for each child that is eligible in your household. The government will verify, process and pay each application separately. That may mean payments may not come at the same time for a family with more than one child.