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Chapter 7
The Way Ahead

Through the collaboration of federal, provincial and territorial governments and First Nations, the NCB initiative has established the key components of an integrated child benefit system. This system has resulted in a stronger national platform of child benefits, along with additional benefits and services provided at the provincial and territorial levels and by First Nations.

Since 1997, the Government of Canada has increased the level of benefits paid to low-income families with children in July of each year. As a demonstration of its ongoing commitment to supporting low-income families with children, the 2003 Budget put in place a significant long-term investment plan that is projected to enrich the NCB Supplement by $965 million annually by 2007-2008. This investment is projected to bring annual federal support to Canadian families with children delivered through the CCTB system to over $10 billion per year by 2007-2008.

As illustrated in Table 18, by 2007-2008, the amount of total federal child benefits for which low-income families are eligible will have increased by more than 100 percent over the 1996-1997 level, before the NCB was launched.

Table 18
Maximum Levels of Federal Child Benefits for 1996-1997 and 2007-2008 Program Years (July to June) in Current Dollars*

Number of Children 1996-1997
Maximum CTB+WIS
Maximum Base Benefit + NCB Supplement**
Percentage Increase from 1996-1997 to 2007-2008**
1 $1,520 $3,243 113%
2 $2,540 $6,259 146%
3 $3,635 $9,279 155%
4 $4,730 $12,299 160%

*Current dollars are in the actual dollars in a given year, and are not adjusted for inflation.

** Projection based on the 2003 federal Budget.

Note: Amounts do not include an additional benefit provided for each child less than seven years of age for whom no child-care expenses were claimed. In 1996-1997, this benefit was equivalent to  $213 per child, and is projected to be $252 per child in 2007-2008.

The benefits and services that provinces, territories and First Nations provide under the NCB initiative are important components of the system. These investments have been expanded since the NCB was established and have benefited from jurisdictions' shared knowledge and experiences.

Federal, provincial and territorial cooperation has been key to the success of the NCB initiative. All jurisdictions remain committed to working toward improving the situation of families in Canada, and informing Canadians about progress made.

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