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

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Extending benefit payments

Due to the extended tax filing date, it was announced that eligible Canadians, who are presently receiving the Canada child benefit (CCB) payments, will continue to receive these payments until the end of September 2020. Payment amounts will be based on information from 2018 tax return(s) if their 2019 tax return has not been filed or assessed in time to calculate their benefit entitlements for the July to September 2020 payment.

You’re still required to file your 2019 income tax return. If the CRA is unable to assess your return by early September 2020, your estimated benefits and/or credits will stop in October 2020 and you’ll have to repay the estimated amounts that were issued to you starting in July 2020.

One-time increase to the May CCB payment

Individuals who received the CCB in April 2020, received $300 more per child in their May 2020 instalment.

Examples:

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

This is a one-time increase to the May 2020 CCB payment for the 2019-2020 benefit year (July 2019 to June 2020).

Who gets the payment increase

You will get the payment increase if:

You are eligible to receive the CCB payment increase

If you didn't file your 2018 taxes, you won't receive this payment. If you're late in filing your 2018 taxes, you should file as soon as possible. You may be eligible for retroactive benefits and credits. The only way to get these benefits is by filing your return.

You don't have to file your 2019 taxes to receive the CCB payment increase, but you should file them so you continue to get your benefits and credits for the 2020-2021 benefit year.

How the payment increase is calculated

The amount you receive will be calculated based on information from the 2018 tax return(s) of you and your spouse/common-law partner (if applicable). If you are a newcomer to Canada from January 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020, you and your spouse's/common-law partner's (if applicable) reported world income will be used in the calculation.

The amount will be different for each family depending on their net income, up to a maximum of $300 per child.

Parents who have shared custody will each get half of the payment increase amount.

How we send you the payment increase

You will receive the payment increase automatically the same way you receive your regular CCB payment (direct deposit or cheque).

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