Canada Child Benefit

The Canada Child Benefit (CCB) is a tax-free, monthly payment provided by Canada Revenue Agency to eligible families. This benefit is designed to assist parents with the cost of raising children under 18 years of age.

Effective July 2016, the Canada Child Benefit will replace existing federal child benefits including the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB), the Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) and the National Child Benefit Supplement.

How does the Canada Child Benefit help families with low-income in Alberta?

Canada Child Benefit amounts are based on adjusted family net income, the number of children living in the household and the age of each child. Families with less than $30,000 in adjusted family net income are eligible for the maximum benefit. Households who qualify for the maximum amount of Canada Child Benefits receive up to:

  • $6,400 annually for each child less than six years of age
  • $5,400 annually for each child who is six through 17 years of age

If your child currently qualifies for the Child Disability Benefit, an additional Child Disability Benefit of up to $2,730 annually will be added to your Canada Child Benefits.

To find out how much your family is eligible to receive in Canada Child Benefits, go to the Child and Family Benefits Calculator.

How to apply for the Canada Child Benefit?

If your household was receiving the CCTB prior to July 2016 and you have filed your tax returns, you will receive a Notice of Assessment from Canada Revenue Agency advising of your eligibility for the Canada Child Benefit.

If your household did not receive the CCTB prior to July 2016 and you have a child less than 18 years of age, you can apply for the Canada Child Benefit by completing the:

To continue receiving the Canada Child Benefit your household must file an income tax return each year.

Additional Resources

Modified: 2016-06-20
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