Canada workers benefit – Eligibility


You are eligible for the Canada workers benefit (CWB) if you:

  • earn working income
  • are a resident of Canada for income tax purposes throughout the year
  • are 19 years of age or older on December 31, or you live with your spouse or common-law partner or your child

You are not eligible for the CWB if you:

  • are enrolled as a full-time student at a designated educational institution for more than 13 weeks in the year unless, on December 31, you have an eligible dependant
  • are confined to a prison or similar institution for a period of at least 90 days during the year
  • do not have to pay tax in Canada because you are an officer or servant of another country, such as a diplomat, or you are a family member or employee of that person

For CWB purposes, an eligible spouse:

  • lives with you as your spouse or common-law partner on December 31
  • meets all the conditions listed above under eligibility

For CWB purposes, an eligible dependant:

  • is your or your spouse's or common-law partner's child
  • is under 19 years of age
  • is not eligible for the CWB

Disability supplement

You may be eligible for the disability supplement if:

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