CANADA CHILD BENEFIT


OVERVIEW

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

  1. You must live with a child who’s under the age of 18.
  2. You must be the primary caregiver of the child.
  3. You must a Canadian Resident for tax purposes.
  4. 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

  1. Register with CRA, MyAccount.
  2. Log into your account.
  3. Confirm information including marital status and citizenship.
  4. Add child’s information including name, gender, date, and place of birth.
  5. Keep your information updated, because if there is any change the CCB is recalculated.

AFTER APPLYING

The payments are usually processed within 8 weeks of receiving a digital application and 11 weeks of receiving a paper application.

PAYMENTS

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.