Canada Learning Bond – Eligibility

From Employment and Social Development Canada

2. Eligibility

The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) is available to children from low-income families who also:

  • born on or after January 1, 2004
  • are residents of Canada; and
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number

It is the primary caregiver (PCG) or, as of January 2018, their cohabiting spouse or common-law partner, who must request the CLB on behalf of an eligible child.

The PCG is the person who is eligible to receive the Canada Child Benefit.

Note

Beginning July 1, 2017, eligibility for the Canada Learning Bond is based, in part, on the number of qualified children and the adjusted income of the primary caregiver, which includes the income of their cohabiting spouse or common-law partner.

From July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017, a child was eligible for the Canada Learning Bond if the primary caregiver would have otherwise been in receipt of the National Child Benefit Supplement for the child, had it continued to be paid for that period.

For years prior to July 1, 2016, a child was eligible for the Canada Learning Bond, if the primary caregiver was in receipt of the National Child Benefit Supplement for the child.

Children in care, for whom a Children’s Special Allowance is payable, automatically qualify for the Canada Learning Bond.

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