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Retroactive Assistance

Individuals who qualify for grant assistance but have already completed a qualifying academic program may receive retroactive grant assistance, providing they completed the program within five (5) years prior to application date and they continue in the employment of Autism Intervention Program or ABA-based services and supports for the duration of the funding agreement.

Payment(s) will be made in equal instalments each year of the service agreement, as though the recipient were currently enrolled in the qualifying academic program.

The same terms and conditions apply as for non-retroactive assistance, as applicable. The applicant must provide proof of successful completion of course(s) and tuition payment.

Payment Process

  • The total grant amount is paid in annual instalments as outlined in the Grant Legal Agreement.
  • After the first year of the agreement, the grant recipient provides the GAP Administrator with proof of successful completion of the course(s) and proof of payment of tuition expenses.
  • The GAP Administrator remits the first payment to the grant recipient after confirming that the grant recipient is still an employee of the regional provider.
  • Steps 1 to 3 of the payment process are repeated for subsequent years of the agreement.
  • Other Terms and Conditions

  • Other Grants and Awards: The total value of other grants or student awards, including scholarships, student grants, bursaries and grants from previous employers, but not including loans under the Ontario Student Assistance Program, must be disclosed in the application form. These amounts will be deducted from the eligible grant amount.
  • Resignation or Dismissal: If a grant recipient resigns or is dismissed from the Autism Intervention Program or ABA- based services and supports program, the agreement is terminated and no further payment under the GAP will be made. If the recipient is subsequently hired back, he/she must reapply to the program in order to have his/her grant reinstated. Funding is not guaranteed as funding is based on meeting the eligibility criteria and available funding.
  • Transfer between Providers: If a grant recipient transfers from one regional provider to another in the capacity of working within the Autism Intervention Program or ABA-based services and supports (i.e. Autism Intervention Program to Autism Intervention Program, ABA to ABA, ABA to Autism Intervention Program or Autism Intervention Program to ABA) while continuing in the qualifying academic program, the grant agreement remains in force.
  • Promotion within Provider: If a grant recipient is promoted to a more senior position within the same provider or from one provider to another, the agreement remains in force, providing the recipient successfully completes the qualifying academic program and continues to meet the eligibility criteria for employment within the Autism Intervention Program or ABA-based services and supports.
  • Interruption of Work: If a grant recipient ceases active work with an Autism Intervention Program or ABA provider, but continues an employment relationship, for instance as a casual employee or parental leave, the GAP Administrator should be notified as soon as possible. The funding agreement will be extended by the duration of any period during which the grant recipient is not actively working for the Autism Intervention Program or ABA provider. Note that a funding agreement cannot continue if employment is actually terminated. Failure to notify the GAP Administrator may result in termination of the grant agreement.
  • If a grant recipient takes a leave of absence and continues to pursue the qualifying academic program, reimbursement for tuition will be provided when the applicant returns to work.
  • Holding of Grants Successively: Grants may be held successively but not concurrently. For instance, an employee may receive retroactive funding for two years for a qualifying college program completed before application date. The same employee may subsequently apply for a second grant if accepted to a qualifying undergraduate or Master’s degree program.