Employment and Income Assistance - Manitoba Child Benefit

Children's Opti-Care Program

Download Children's Opti-Care Program Claim Form | Download Manitoba Child Benefit Application Form

The Children's Opti-Care Program helps families, who get the Manitoba Child Benefit (MCB), pay some of the cost for their children's glasses.

Coverage

For families who get the MCB, the average Children's Opti-Care Program benefit is about $84 per child, per year. If your child has special vision needs, the benefits may be more.

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.

Eligibility

To get 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

You may not get benefits through this program if:

  • you have coverage for glasses under any other health insurance program (ex: Rewarding Work Health Plan, First Nations Insured Health Benefits, Manitoba Blue Cross)
  • you make a claim more than 14 months after the glasses were paid for

Applying

To apply for the Children's Opti-Care Program, you must fill out a Children's Opti-Care Claim Form and send it, along with a copy of the receipt for the glasses to:
 
Manitoba Child Benefit – Children's Opti-Care Program
PO Box 3000
203 South Railway Street East
Killarney, MB
R0K 1G0
 
Fill out a Children's Opti-Care Program Claim Form; or call 1-800-563-8793 toll free; or TTY: 204-948-3698, to have a form mailed to you.
 
REMINDER:
  • Claims made more than 14 months after the glasses were paid for will not be paid.
If you need to apply for the Manitoba Child Benefit, complete a Manitoba Child Benefit (MCB) application form; or call 1-800-563-8793 to have an application mailed to you.

Contact Us

Manitoba Child Benefit – Children's Opti-Care Program
PO Box 3000 203 South Railway Street East
Killarney MB R0K 1G0
 
Toll Free: 1-800-563-8793
*If you are looking for information about the Canada Child Tax Benefit, please contact 1-800-387-1193
 
Phone: 1-204-523-5230
TTY: 1-800-855-0511 (Manitoba Relay Service)
Fax: 1-204-523-5240