PARENT SUPPORT

REGISTER FOR THE TEMPORARY SUPPORT PAYMENT FOR PARENTS

The Ministry of Finance has announced the Temporary Education Support for Parents to help with learning and supervision during the labour disruption.

The temporary education support payment of $40 a day will be paid from Sept. 2, 2014, and will continue up to and including the day teachers ratify the agreement.

Please register ONLY once for the duration of the labour disruption.  Parents should NOT register for each day of the labour disruption.  A delay in issuing the payment will result if more than one registration form is completed. Make sure to study thoroughly the guide which is provided below. You will be presented with questions and answers from the real-life situations, and each of them can be applied to your case. We will not accept the applications after the designated date. Review your application in details and if you make a mistake please contact us at 1 877 387-3332 or 250 387-3332 and we will make the correction.

  1. What is the purpose of the Temporary Education Support for Parents?

The purpose of the support payment is to help ease the impact of school closures due to the labour disruption. The payment is meant to help parents with the added cost of learning and supervision.

  1. Who is eligible to receive the payment?

The parent or the primary caregiver, who we will refer to as the parent, of eligible students 12 years old and under attending B.C. public schools is eligible to receive the payment.

  1. Who is a primary caregiver?

The primary caregiver is the person responsible for the day to day care and upbringing of the student for the majority of the time. While usually the parent, a primary caregiver could also be a:

  • step-parent
  • legal guardian
  • adoptive parent, including a parent that hasn’t yet completed the adoption process but the student lives with them
  • foster parent
  • family member who normally cares for the student, such as a grandparent
  • host parent for international students
  • caregiver under a temporary custody arrangement

Payment:

  1. How much will parents receive?

The temporary education support payment of $40 a day will be paid from Sept. 2, 2014 to Sept. 18, 2014 – the day teachers ratified the agreement.

Parents are eligible for payments covering 13 days, meaning a total of $520 for each eligible child. A family with two eligible students will receive $1,040.

  1. When will I receive my payment?

We expect most payments will be sent out by the end of October.

Additional time will be required in order to confirm with school districts the enrollment of students attending kindergarten and students who are new to BC public schools.

  1. When can parents of kindergarten students and students who are new to the B.C. public school system expect to receive their cheques?

Additional time is required for these students in order to confirm their enrollment with school districts. We anticipate cheques will be mailed out later in the fall.

  1. How will I receive the payment?

A cheque will be issued and mailed to the address on the registration form.

  1. I have registered for the Temporary Education Support for Parents payment. Will I be paid $40 each day for my child since the labour disruption began in June?

No. The temporary education support payment of $40 a day will be paid from Sept. 2, 2014 to Sept. 18, 2014 – the day teachers ratified the agreement.

  1. Will I have to send any receipts to receive the payment?

No, parents do not have to submit receipts to receive the payment.

  1. Is the payment taxable?

The payment is not taxable and does not have to be included on your income tax return.

  1. How will the payment affect my taxable income?

The payment is not taxable and does not impact those receiving other provincial or federal support assistance or benefits, such as:

  • income assistance
  • child care, housing or medical service plan subsidies
  • Fair PharmaCare coverage
  • BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit
  • BC Low Income Climate Action Tax Credit
  • Sales Tax Credit
  • GST credit
  • Canada Child Tax Benefit
  1. Can the payment be assigned to another person?

No, the payment cannot be assigned to another person. Only the parent of the eligible student can register for the payment.

  1. Can my child apply for the payment?

No, only the parent of the eligible student can register for the payment.

  1. Is parent support available to lower income families?

Lower income parents who currently receive child care subsidies from the Ministry of Children and Family Development are eligible to continue receiving the full-day subsidy rate until school re-opens.

  1. Will the payment affect income or disability assistance?

The payment will not affect income or disability assistance.

  1. Are funds available for high school students for tutoring?

No, the payment is a one-time payment available to parents of students 12 and under who are attending B.C. public schools.

  1. Is the payment first-come, first-served by registration date until funds are depleted?

No, as long as you are the eligible parent of an eligible student, you are entitled to the payment if you meet all of the eligibility criteria.

  1. Will there be interest paid on the payment from the time I register to the time a cheque is issued?

Interest will not be paid on the payment.

  1. I would like my cheque to be deposited into my account. Which form do I complete to make this request?

Direct deposit is not available for this program.

  1. I am facing financial hardships. Can I come to your office and pick up the cheque?

We are unable to accommodate this request due to the high volume of payments being made.

  1. Why was a debt I owed to the Canada Revenue Agency deducted from my payment? Can you legally do that?

If the Province of B.C. receives court approved documents requiring that payments be redirected from being paid to you to being paid to another agency such as the Canada Revenue Agency, the Province has an obligation to divert the funds. It is not a choice.

  1. What types of debt can you deduct from my payment?

The majority of court orders received are for the Canada Revenue Agency and for Family Maintenance. Other cases may be where monies are owed to a government entity, owed to the Province of B.C., or in the case of a bankruptcy process where all payments must be diverted to the receiver.

  1. I owe a debt to the Canada Revenue Agency. The court order states that 40% will be diverted from payments. I am experiencing financial hardship. Can you lower the rate to be applied against my payment?

No, the terms of the payment are set by the terms of the court order. Any request to negotiate a change in a court order must be done by the debtor through their legal channels and cannot be changed.

Registration:

  1. How do I register?

You can register by completing a simple online form. The link for the registration can be found at: bcparentinfo.ca

  1. I don’t have access to the internet. Can I complete a paper registration form?

A paper registration form will be available for parents who are not able to access the online registration. Paper forms take longer to process as they need to be manually entered into the registration system.

You can get a paper registration form by contacting us at:

1 -877-387-3332 (toll free)

250 387-3332 (Victoria)

TESP@gov.bc.ca

If you email us, include your mailing address so we know where to send your form.

  1. Where do I mail my registration form?

Mail your completed paper registration form to us at:

Temporary Education Support for Parents

Ministry of Finance

PO Box 9444 Stn Prov Govt

Victoria, BC V8W 9W8

  1. Can I fax or email my registration form?

No, if you cannot complete the online registration form, original paper registration forms are required.

  1. I am having problems completing my registration form. Who do I contact?

Please contact us at toll-free at 1 -877-387-3332 or at 250 387-3332 (Victoria) or by email at TESP@gov.bc.ca

  1. I have moved since completing my registration form. How do I inform you about the change of address?

Please contact us toll-free at 1 -877-387-3332 or at 250 387-3332 (Victoria) or by email at TESP@gov.bc.ca to notify us of the change. We will update your information for you.

  1. I made a mistake when I completed the registration. How do I make the change?

Please contact us toll-free at 1 -877-387-3332 or at 250 387-3332 (Victoria) or by email at TESP@gov.bc.ca to make the correction. We will update your information for you. Once an online registration has been entered in the registration system, you will not be able to go back and change it.

  1. Where can I get my child’s Provincial Education Number (PEN)?

Please refer to the Ministry of Education website at https://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/pen/student/penobtain.htm for how to get your child’s PEN.

  1. How will I know if my online registration form was submitted?

You will receive a confirmation at the end of the registration process.

  1. When is the deadline to register?

Eligible parents will have until the end of January 2015 to register for the payment. Registrations will not be accepted after the deadline.

  1. Why do I need to register? Doesn’t my child’s school have the information you need?

Parents must register to provide consent for the Ministry of Finance to use Ministry of Education information to verify each student’s enrollment in a B.C. public school. Registration will also ensure that the payment is mailed to your current address.

  1. What is the authentication process?

The Ministry of Finance will work with the Ministry of Education to confirm each student is enrolled in a BC public school. The Ministry of Finance will also implement validation procedures to identify duplicate and ineligible registrations.

  1. How will my personal information be protected in the online registration system?

The software used for your online registration is also used by people and businesses providing personal information and making payments to many areas of government. The software has been tested and is secure. We take the protection of your privacy very seriously.

  1. Do I have to enrol my child in a childcare program to be eligible?

Parents do not have to register their children in a childcare program be eligible for the payment.

Eligibility of Parents:

  1. I am divorced or separated. Which parent receives the payment?

Parents must decide which parent will register for the payment. Payments will be issued to one parent only. Once the payment has been issued, parents can decide among themselves how to split the payment, if needed.

  1. What is a shared custody?

Shared custody exists when a child lives with two different individuals in separate residences.

Shared-custody parents must:

live with the child on an equal or near-equal basis, and

be primarily responsible for the child’s care and upbringing when living with the child.

  1. I am in a shared custody situation. How will my payment be calculated?

Parents must decide which parent will register for the payment. Payments will be issued to one parent only. Once the payment has been issued, parents can decide among themselves how to split the payment, if needed.

  1. I’m a stay at home parent. Do I qualify to receive the payment?

As long as you are the parent of a student 12 and under attending a B.C. public school, you qualify to receive the payment.

  1. I am a public school teacher with 2 eligible children. Am I eligible for the payment?

Yes, all parents are eligible for the payment if they meet all other eligibility criteria.

  1. I have a child placed in my home for the purpose of adoption. Am I eligible for the payment?

Yes, you are eligible for the payment if you meet all other eligibility criteria.

  1. I am a foster parent for a 10 year old student attending a B.C. public school. Am I eligible to receive the payment?

Yes, you are eligible for the payment if you meet all other eligibility criteria.

  1. If I was a foster parent for a student from May 1, 2014 to August 31, 2014 and meet all of the eligibility criteria, am I eligible for the payment?

No, you are not eligible for the payment as the student was not in your care on September 2. The student must be in your care on September 2, 2014 and onward.

  1. I have a student in my home under a temporary custody arrangement. Am I eligible for the payment?

Yes, you are eligible for the payment if the student is in your care on September 2, 2014 and both you and the student meet the other eligibility criteria.

  1. I have 2 foster children with me during part of the labor disruption period. Can you tell me how much I will receive?

Assuming you meet all the other eligibility criteria, you will receive $40 for each student for each day the students were in your care from Sept.2, 2014 until Sept 18, 2014 for a total of $520 per student.

Eligibility of Students:

  1. Why don’t students over 12 qualify?

It is usually families with younger children who face the biggest disruptions in the event of a school closure. That’s why the support payment is targeted to those with students 12 years old and under.

  1. My children are home schooled. Are home schooled children eligible?

If homeschoolers have children enrolled in courses through the public school system, they may be eligible for the payment. Families that homeschool exclusively by parents who provide the curriculum will not be eligible. Parents who are unsure can contact Service BC:

Vancouver:604-660-2421

Victoria:250-387-6121

Elsewhere in B.C.:1-800-663-7867

  1. My child is attending an independent/private school in B.C. Is my child eligible?

Only students registered in B.C. public schools are eligible.

  1. I have an 11 year old special needs child attending a B.C. public school part time. Is my child eligible?

Yes, your child is eligible if your child is 12 or under and attending a B.C. public school.

  1. Is parent support available to families with special needs children?

The Ministry of Children and Family Development is providing Supported Childhood Development funding to cover in-school hours for families with special needs children currently accessing services.

All contracted agencies that deliver Supported Childhood Development supports to families with children with special needs have been informed. Families should contact their service provider to learn more.

  1. I have a First Nations child attending a B.C. public school. Is my child eligible?

Your child is eligible if your child is 12 or under and attending a B.C. public school.

  1. My child is attending a First Nations School. Is my child eligible?

No, your child is not eligible as only students registered in B.C. public schools are eligible.

  1. My child is attending a distance learning program in B.C. Is my child eligible?

Yes, a student attending a public distance learning program in B.C. is eligible if the student is 12 or under. A student attending an independent learning program in B.C. is not eligible.

  1. My child is attending a B.C. public school as an international student. Is my child eligible?

Yes, an international student is eligible as long as the student is 12 or under and attending a B.C. public school.

  1. My child will be attending a StrongStart BC Program. Is my child eligible?

No, your child is not eligible because StrongStart BC programs are for children not yet eligible for kindergarten entry.

  1. My child is starting kindergarten in the 2014/2015 school year. Will it take longer to receive the payment?

Additional time will be required in order to confirm enrollment and issue payments for students attending kindergarten and students who are new to B.C. public schools.

  1. Is it possible for my 4 year old child to enter kindergarten in the 2014/2015 school year?

Students must turn 5 years old by December 31, 2014 to be able to enroll in kindergarten for the 2014/15 school year. If your child is enrolled in kindergarten at a B.C. public school for September 2014, your child is eligible.

  1. My child attended private school during the 2013/2014 school year and is enrolling in a B.C. public school for the 2014/2015 school year. Is my child eligible?

Yes, your child is eligible if your child is 12 or under. Additional time will be required in order to confirm enrollment and issue payments for students attending kindergarten and students who are new to B.C. public schools.

  1. My child is turning 5 by the end of December 2014 but I don’t think he’s ready for kindergarten this year. Is my child eligible?

No, your child must be enrolled in a B.C. public school.

  1. My child is turning 13 on November 7, 2014. Is my child eligible?

Yes, your child is eligible if your child is 12 or under on or before September 2, 2014.

  1. My child is 13 years old as of August 31, 2014, attending Grade 8 in a B.C. public school for the 2014/2015 school year. Is my child eligible?

No, your child is not eligible if your child is 13 on or before September 2, 2014.

For more information about registration, please contact:

1 877 387-3332 or 250 387-3332