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Emergency funding for children with special needs

The province says it is establishing an Emergency Relief Support Fund for children and youth with special needs and their families. The fund will provide a direct payment of $225 per month to eligible families over the next three months to June 30.
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The province says it is establishing an Emergency Relief Support Fund for children and youth with special needs and their families.

The fund will provide a direct payment of $225 per month to eligible families over the next three months to June 30.

"We have been hearing from families of children with special needs that they are facing a lot of uncertainty right now," said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development, in a statement.

“We want to help, so we're offering these families emergency funding and allowing more flexibility in our supports. Our government is committed to helping make life a little easier during this unprecedented and very challenging time."

The province says the emergency funding will support 50% more of the eligible families that are currently awaiting services.

The payment can be used to purchase supports such as meal preparation and grocery shopping assistance, homemaking services, caregiver relief support, and counselling services. 

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