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Learner Policy & Procedures

Published Date: January 01, 2019
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Learner Income Support Benefits

Continuous Supplementary Benefits (General Policies)

Child Supplement Allowance for Non-EI Learners


Income Support, Training and Health Benefits Regulation, Schedule 4, section 5    
Full Time Learners:  Schedules 1, 2, 3 and 4 (Advanced Education) MO 306/2018
Full Time Learners:  Schedules 1, 2, 3 and 4 (Labour) MO 2018-32


Every July, households with dependants receive a Canada Child Benefit Notice of Determination from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Non-EI learners who are not eligible to receive the maximum Canada Child Benefit amount may be eligible to receive the Child Supplement Allowance.


Eligibility for the Child Supplement Allowance

The Child Supplement Allowance is issued if:

  • The Non-EI learner is not receiving the full Canada Child Benefit amount due to no fault of their own.
  • The Non-EI learner household is deemed ineligible for the full Canada Child Benefit amount due to immigration status.

The Child Supplement Allowance is issued to Learner households under the specific circumstances and duration as indicated below:

Child Supplement Allowance Circumstance 


 Persons in a marital separation/relationship breakdown who must wait 90 days to inform CRA.  Up to 3 Months
Families with a newborn who receive first CCB payment the month after birth.   Up to 3 Months
A household is late to file income taxes.  Up to 3 Months
A child returns from foster care and the family is late to notify CRA.   Up to 3 Months
Families with income from prior tax year that exceeds CCB qualifying thresholds must wait until the next year to reapply.   Up to 12 Months
Eligible Refugees who must meet an 18th month residency requirement to apply for the CCB.  Up to 18 Months

Child Supplement Allowance is not issued if:

  • The Non-EI learner household has not processed a change of address or banking information with CRA.
  • The Non-EI learner household has a missing or misdirected Canada Child Benefit cheque.
  • The child is not in the Non-EI learner household on a full-time basis.
  • The Non-EI learner household has failed to or refuses to file an Income Tax return or provide updated information to the CRA.
  • The Non-EI learner owes funds to CRA. The Non-EI learner must be sent a letter requesting that they contact CRA as soon as possible in order to renegotiate the amount CRA is deducting.


  1. The Learner Income Support Office (LISO) determines if Non-EI learners are receiving the full Canada Child Benefit amount by verifying their eligibility on the CRA Web link.
  2. If the Non-EI learner appears to be receiving a Canada Child Benefit amount less than $200/month per child, LISO issues the Child Supplement Allowance according to the timeframe within the chart above and up to the amount in the Benefit Rate Table.


Learner Benefit Coordinator, Learner Income Support Office