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TORONTO, Sept 22 (LSN) – Yesterday Ontario Finance Minister Ernie Eves announced that applications for a new “Ontario Child Care Supplement for Working Families” were sent across the province to families with young children. The program will for the first time afford child care payments to families with one stay-  at-home parent. Geared to “low-to-middle-income families,” the supplement will provide up to $1,020 annually for child care costs for each child under age seven.  The legislation for payment of the supplement is pending a vote in the Ontario Legislature. The first payments would be retroactive to July 1998 an given in a lump-sum payment to be sent in December 1998.  Beginning in January 1999, eligible families would receive monthly payments.

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