Canada Learning Bond – Eligibility

From Employment and Social Development Canada

2. Eligibility

  • The Canada Learning Bond is available to children:
  • born on or after January 1, 2004;
  • who are residents of Canada;
  • who have a valid Social Insurance Number; and
  • who are from low-income families.

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.

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.

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.

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

Who is eligible to apply for the Canada Learning Bond?

The primary caregiver (the person who is responsible for the care and upbringing of the child) can apply for the Canada Learning Bond on behalf of the child. This is the person who is eligible to receive the Canada Child Benefit in the child’s name. In many cases, the mother is considered the primary caregiver.

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