Ontario reverses cut to Transition Child Benefit while it conducts review

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, centre, high-fives a young boy during a visit to the Surrey Sport and Leisure Complex to meet with families about the Canada Child Benefit, in Surrey, B.C., on Saturday, July 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

TORONTO  Ontario is reversing funding cuts to a child benefit program that helps low-income families and refugee claimants.

A spokeswoman for the province’s social services minister confirms the Progressive Conservative government will not go ahead with scrapping the Transition Child Benefit.

The benefit which provided up to $230 a month for low-income families not receiving other child benefits _ had been scheduled to end Nov. 1.

But the Tories say it will now continue as the government conducts a broader review of the province’s system of social assistance programs.

The government announced in its spring budget it was cutting the child benefit, prompting an outcry from municipal mayors.

Toronto Mayor John Tory who had been among those asking for the cut to be reversed _ lauded the province for changing course, saying the benefit should be permanently funded.