Families who receives Manitoba Child Benefit (MCB) are also eligible for the Children’s Opti-Care Program. This program is intended for families who get MCB to help pay some of the cost for their children’s glasses. The average Children’s Opti-Care Program benefit is about $84 per child, per year, children who have special vision needs may be eligible to receive more benefits.
Claims for this program can be made once every three years. If your child’s prescription changes or your child outgrows his or her frames, you may be able to claim more often.
To be eligible to receive benefits through this program, you must:
- be a resident of Manitoba
- have children under the age of 18 who live with you
- get the Manitoba Child Benefit for the child who needs the glasses.
To apply for this benefit, you must complete the Children’s Opti-Care Claim form and send it along with the copy of the official receipt of the glasses to:
Manitoba Child Benefit – Children’s Opti-Care Program: PO Box 3000 203 South Railway Street East, Killarney, MB R0K 1G0
Reminder: Claims made more than 14 months after the glasses were paid for will not be paid.
Reminder: This post is based on the information provided by the Government of Manitoba as published in it’s official website (www.gov.mb.ca). For complete and accurate information, it is still best to visit their website or to contact the office of the government concerned.