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Car Seat Program

The Children First Fund at Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County has launched a Car Seat Program to assist eligible local families in accessing car seats for their children.

Eligible families can receive up to a maximum of $300 per calendar year toward the purchase of car seats, subject to funding availability. Through this program, car seats are purchased by Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County (based on the information provided in the application form). Families can specify in the application form whether they would like their car seat to be delivered, or if they would prefer to pick it up themselves.

To be eligible for support under the Car Seat Program, families must meet the following criteria:

  • Families must live in Guelph or Wellington County; and
  • Families must have a net adjusted income (Line 236 on your income tax) below the current federal Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) guidelines (see table below).
Family SizeFamily Income (Based on Line 236)
1 person (e.g. independent youth)$22,759
2 people (e.g. parent + 1 child)$28,332
3 people$34,831
4 people$42,290
5 people$47,963
6 people$54,096
7 people or more$60,227

To determine eligibility for this funding program, we will require a copy of your Canada Child Benefit (CCB-OCB) Notice (from the most recent tax year) which shows your marital status and the number of children in the family to verify family size, as well as your family’s net adjusted income (Line 236).

If you don’t have the CCB notice, then alternatives would be:

  • Your Ontario Trillium Benefit (OTB) notice
  • GST-HST Credit notice
  • A recent Ontario Works (OW) statement that shows name and monthly amount
  • For refugees-immigrants, we can accept a Statutory Declaration from Immigrant Services or Settlement Services

If these documents cannot be provided, please contact us at 519-824-2410, ext 3299 to find out what we can accept.

If you have already been approved for the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington’s Free to Grow Program, you are automatically deemed eligible for this Car Seat Program, and will not need to re-submit the above documents. If this pertains to you, please follow the instructions in the application form to confirm this, and provide permission for us to reach out to confirm this information.

*Families are not required to be clients of Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County to be eligible for this program*

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

If you meet the above eligibility guidelines, please fill out the application below, and submit, along with your valid proof of income and family size (described above) to Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County by email, fax, mail or in person.

Email: Jenna.Afshar@fcsgw.org

Fax: 519-763-9628 (send to the attention of: Jenna Afshar)

Mailing address: 275 Eramosa Road, Box 1088, Guelph, ON N1H 6N3 (send to the attention of: Jenna Afshar)

In Person: Please drop off your application at reception at one of our locations:

After you submit your application, someone will be in touch within 1-2 weeks.

If you have any questions about the program, eligibility requirements, or the application process, please reach out to Jenna Afshar by email at Jenna.Afshar@fcsgw.org, or by phone at 519-824-2410 x.3299, or toll-free at 1-800-265-8300.