TORONTO, Feb. 19/CNW/NEWS
Ontario is helping Crown Wards succeed at college and university. Three new Education Championship Teams will offer mentorship, peer support, motivation and guidance in three Ontario communities. Teams include volunteers from local school boards, Children’s Aid Societies, post secondary institutions, community agencies, Employment Ontario and provincial ministries.
In their first year of operation, four Championship Teams helped approximately 350 students. The government’s investment increases the number of teams helping Crown Wards to seven. Crown Wards who pursue post secondary education and training may also receive financial aid through tuition grants, reimbursement of university/college entrance application fees, and certain exemptions from Ontario Student Assistance Program income assessments.
Support for Crown Wards is also a component of Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy which will reduce the number of children living in poverty by 25 per cent over 5years – lifting 90,000 kids out of poverty – by boosting benefits forlow-income families and enhancing publicly-funded education.