EI Part II funding available to apprentices: Weekly Basic Living Costs These are the conditions under which an apprenticeship client would be eligible for Ontario Skills Development (EI Part II) financial assistance with his or her weekly basic living costs: • Apprentices whose EI benefits expire before the end of their course receive the equivalent of their EI benefit rate until the course end date with EI Part II funds. • Apprentices whose EI rate is below the respective Weekly Basic Living Cost rate can have their EI rate topped up to that rate with EI Part II funds. • Reachback apprenticeship clients receive EI Part II funds at the rates • If the apprenticeship client claims a spouse and/or child/children on his/her income tax, the client receives the appropriate rate. Personal Supports Dependent care: These are costs incurred for the care of a child or other person who is dependent upon the apprenticeship client for care while the client is attending the apprenticeship course. A dependent must: • reside with the client or be under their care • be wholly or substantially dependent on the client for support, and • be either mentally or physically disabled or be a child under 14 years of age. Any contribution for dependent care should take into account how the dependent was cared for prior to the course, and will be cared for when the apprenticeship client returns to work. Reimbursement must be based on actual costs and receipts can be requested to confirm these costs. MTCU may set maximum amounts. Dependent care can be authorized: If the apprenticeship client now needs dependent care because he or she is attending school, or to pay for previously arranged dependent care to compensate for the reduction in income while attending school. Financial support should not be provided for dependent care provided by family members unless this arrangement had previously been in place or there is sufficient rationale to support this. Commuting: Assistance is available to defray the cost of daily commuting to and from the apprenticeship course, as follows: • The rate is currently 15¢ per kilometre (as per September, 2006 federal Treasury Board directive). The apprentice’s weekly minimum commuting allowance must be more than $5 in order to be eligible for financial assistance. • Apprentices must reside more than 24 kilometres (one way) away from the training delivery agency and must not be receiving a living-away-from-home (LAFH) allowance and/or travel allowance • No commuting allowance may be paid to apprentices receiving a LAFH allowance since they are expected to take up temporary residence within 24 km of the TDA. • The maximum commuting allowance is $116.00 per week (the LAFH allowance rate). Travel and Overnight Accommodation Assistance can be provided to defray transportation costs between the apprenticeship client’s home and the TDA at the beginning and end of training (and if training is interrupted for an extended period, e.g., Christmas Break). The rate is currently 15¢/km. • Payment is based on the lesser of the actual costs incurred, e.g., airline ticket, or the mileage x 15¢/km. • Provision is also made to pay an overnight accommodation allowance of $50 per night not to exceed four nights while in transit between the place of residence and the area where the course is given, and $50 for the first night spent at the location of the course, provided that the MTCU Programs Officer is of the opinion that such an allowance is required. Living-Away-From-Home (LAFH) Allowance An apprentice is eligible for LAFH when the TDA is located at such a distance from the place of residence that the apprentice needs to maintain (owns or rents) both a primary residence and a temporary second residence near the TDA and is not receiving a commuting allowance. Disability Allowance Financial support may be provided to cover all or part of the incremental costs of a special device, aid or special assistance for disability needs that would enable the apprenticeship client to participate in the course, including special transportation costs, the cost of interpretation for hearing impaired individuals, and the cost of adapting instructional material to special needs. There is no maximum, but receipts must be provided to support the costs incurred.