Children's special allowances (CSA)

The children's special allowances (CSA) program provides payments to federal, provincial and territorial agencies and institutions (such as children's aid societies) that care for children.

The monthly CSA payment is equal to the maximum Canada child benefit (CCB) payment plus the child disability benefit (CDB) if the child is eligible for the disability tax credit (DTC).


Changes have been made to the Children’s Special Allowances (CSA) program to ensure that Indigenous governing bodies, as defined under the Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families, can apply for the CSA for children in their care.

An “Indigenous governing body” means a council, government or other entity that is authorized to act on behalf of an Indigenous group, community or people that holds rights recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution and that:

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