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Canada child benefit (CCB): CRA and COVID-19

One-time increase to CCB payment in May 2020

Eligible individuals received up to $300 more per child with their CCB payment in May 2020.

Examples:

  • If you have 1 child, you could have received up to $300 with your regular CCB payment for the month of May 2020.
  • If you have 2 children, you could have received up to $600 ($300 per child) with your regular CCB payment for the month of May 2020.

This was a one-time increase to the CCB payment in May 2020 for the July 2019 to June 2020 benefit year.

Who got the CCB payment increase

You got the CCB payment increase if:

If you were previously not entitled to the CCB, but filed your 2018 tax return, you may also have received up to $300 per child.

How the payment increase was calculated

  • The amount you received was calculated based on the 2018 tax return information from you and your spouse or common-law partner (if applicable) and the number of children in your care.
  • If you became a new resident of Canada between January 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020, you and your spouse or common-law partner (if applicable) reported world income were used in the calculation.
  • Parents who have shared custody each got half of the one-time payment increase.

How we sent you the payment increase

The one-time payment increase was sent the same way as your regular CCB payment (i.e, direct deposit or cheque).

Retroactive benefits and credits payments

If you didn’t file your 2018 tax return, you didn’t receive this one-time payment increase.

If you haven’t filed your 2018 tax return, we encourage you to file as soon as possible. You may be eligible for retroactive benefits and credit payments. The only way to get your benefits and credits, including the one-time increase to the CCB payment, is by filing your 2018 tax return.

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