The Canada Child Benefit
Canada Child Benefit
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.
There is no need to apply if you already get child benefits, but you and your spouse or common law partner have to file a tax return every year to continue to receive it.
The 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.
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.
You can get up to:
- $6,400 per year for each child under the age of 6
- $5,400 per year for each child aged 6 to 17
Canada Child Benefit Explained
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.
Information about benefits to help your family with the costs of raising children.
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