Canada Child Benefit is a tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families in order to assist them with expenses incurred with raising a child under the age of 18. To calculate the payments the CRA uses information from your income tax and benefit return; therefore you and your spouse should file returns every year. Benefits are paid over a yearly period, from July to June. Lastly, if any information changes, your CCB could be recalculated.
HOW TO KNOW IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE
- You must live with a child who’s under the age of 18.
- You must be the primary caregiver of the child.
- You must a Canadian Resident for tax purposes.
- You or your Spouse or Common-Law partner must be:
- a Canadian citizen
- a Permanent resident
- a Protected person
- a Temporary resident for the previous 18 months, and has a valid permit in the 19th month
- an Indian within the meaning of the Indian Act, if not a Canadian Citizen
HOW TO APPLY ON CRA MY ACCOUNT
- Register with CRA, MyAccount.
- Log into your account.
- Confirm information including marital status and citizenship.
- Add child’s information including name, gender, date, and place of birth.
- Keep your information updated, because if there is any change the CCB is recalculated.
The payments are usually processed within 8 weeks of receiving a digital application and 11 weeks of receiving a paper application.
Payments are on the 20th of each month, but if the total benefit is less than $240 it is paid in full on July 20.