The Canada Child Benefit

Canada Child Benefit - Transcript

The Canada Child Benefit has been putting more money in the pockets of hard-working Canadian families every month since 2016.

Starting July 2018, the CCB will be strengthened to keep up with the cost of living.

This change will give parents even more money each month, to help to pay for things like sports programs, music lessons and back-to-school clothes.

And, it’s tax-free. So when your family files their tax return, there's nothing to pay back.

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Canada Child Benefit

Starting in July 2018, the Canada Child Benefit will be indexed to keep pace with the cost of living. The maximum annual benefit will increase to $6,496 per child under age 6 and to $5,481 per child age 6 through 17. This change will give parents even more money each month, tax-free, to help them provide for their kids.

Budget 2016 introduced the Canada Child Benefit, a key initiative of the Government to strengthen the middle class and help those working to join it.

Canada Child Benefit is:

  • simple — most families receive a single payment every month
  • tax-free — families don't have to pay taxes on payments received when they file their tax returns
  • targeted to those who need it most — low and middle-income families get higher payments, and those with the highest incomes (generally over $150,000) receive less than under the previous system
  • generous — on average, families benefitting from the CCB receive about $6,800 in CCB payments annually.

Learn more about the Canada Child Benefit and whether you need to apply.


Use the child and family benefits calculator to figure out how much you may get.

Choose which province you live in, input your family net income and the number of children you have under the age of 18.

Check out our calculator!

Did you know?

About 9 out of 10 Canadian families receive higher payments under the Canada Child Benefit than before. With the introduction of a better-targeted Canada Child Benefit, about 300,000 fewer children will be living in poverty in 2017 compared with 2013.

Learn more about the Canada Child Benefit.


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