How to apply for child and family benefits when registering the birth of your newborn with the Automated Benefits Application

The Automated Benefits Application is an easy way to apply for child and family benefits when you register the birth of your newborn in your province. The territories will be offering this service in the near future.

After your baby is born:

  1. Complete the birth registration for your newborn.
  2. Give your consent in the appropriate section to let your vital statistics agency securely share the information from your birth registration with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
  3. Enter your social insurance number.
  4. Send your application to your vital statistics
    agency.

The vital statistics agency will send your child's birth registration information securely to the CRA. The CRA will determine if you are eligible for benefits and send you a notice or a payment within eight weeks.

Note

If you do not give your consent, the information on the birth registration form will not be sent to the CRA. You will have to apply separately for child and family benefits by using either the “Apply for child benefits” option in My Account, or by completing Form RC66, Canada Child Benefits Application.

Direct Deposit

If you are thinking of using this service, the CRA recommends that you sign up for direct deposit prior to giving birth to your child in order to reduce delays in receiving your payments. Submitting a direct deposit application would allow the CRA to deposit your payments directly into an account at your financial institution. If you already receive your benefit payments for your other children by direct deposit, you do not have to apply again. You will receive the benefit payments for your newborn in the same bank account.

Automated Benefits Application - Participating provinces and territories

Saskatchewan

For more details, see Information Sheet RC4476-SK, Canada Child Benefits – Saskatchewan.

More information on birth registration is available at eHealth Saskatchewan.

New Brunswick

For more details, see Information Sheet RC4476-NB, Birth Registration and Canada Child Benefits – New Brunswick.

More information on birth registration is available at Vital Statistics, Service NB.

Newfoundland and Labrador

For more details, see Information Sheet RC4476-NL, Birth Registration and Canada Child Benefits – Newfoundland and Labrador.

More information on birth registration is available at Service NL.

Alberta

For more details, see Information Sheet RC4476-AB, Birth Registration and Canada Child Benefits – Alberta.

More information on birth registration is available at Service Alberta.

Manitoba

For more details, see Information Sheet RC4476-MB, Birth Registration and Canada Child Benefits – Manitoba.

More information on birth registration is available at Vital Statistics Agency, Province of Manitoba.

Ontario

For more details, see Information Sheet RC4476-ON, Birth Registration and Canada Child Benefits – Ontario.

More information on birth registration is available at Service Ontario.

Quebec

For more details, see Information sheet RC4476-QC, Birth Registration and Canada Child Benefits – Quebec.

More information on birth registration is available at Services Québec.

Prince Edward Island

For more details, see Information Sheet RC4476-PE, Canada Child Benefits – Prince Edward Island.

More information on birth registration is available at the Province of Prince Edward Island.

British Columbia

For more details, see Information Sheet RC4476-BC, Canada Child Benefits – British Columbia.

More information on birth registration is available at the Province of British Columbia.

Nova Scotia

For more details, see Information Sheet RC4476-NS, Canada Child Benefits – Nova Scotia.

More information on birth registration is available at Government of Nova Scotia.

Territories

The territories will be offering this service in the near future.

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