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The Canada Child Benefit (CCB) was introduced in 2016. It is a tax free monthly benefit designed to support the middle class families with children under 18 years of age.  Over 3.3 million families received more than $23 billion in CCB payments in 2016-2017 benefit year.

You have to be eligible for CCB and apply for the benefit using the Form RC66 Canada Child Benefit Application.

The CBB includes, where applicable, the child disability benefit and the Alberta related provincial benefit: AB family employment tax credit, and the AB child benefit.

Alberta Child Benefit (ACB)

It is payable to families with an annual net income below $41,750. The benefit is reduced as family income exceeds $25,832. The payments are made in August, November, February and May.

Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB)

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) uses information from your income tax return to estimate how much your Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) payments will be.

This means that even if you have not generated income you have to file your tax return. This applies as well to your spouse or common law partner.Please check these tax filing due dates.

How much can you receive?

The benefit is based on:

  • number of children who live with you
  • the ages of your children
  • your adjusted family net income
  • if applicable, your child’s eligibility for the child disability credit 

The adjusted family income is your income from the prior year -2017 –  as shown in line 236 of your income tax return minus registered disability savings plan.

Your marital status affects how benefits are calculated so you have to communicate these changes by the end of September.

This is how Canada Revenue Agency calculates CCB:

  • $6,400 per year ($533.33 per month) for each eligible child under the age of six
  • $5,400 per year ($450.00 per month) for each eligible child aged 6 to 17

CRA reduced the amount of CCB you get when your adjusted family net income is over $30,000. You can use this calculator for your convenience.

Canada Child Tax Benefits - 2018 Expected Changes

Changes to Canada child benefit payments are expected in July 2018. The proposal is to increase CCB payments to keep pace with the rising cost of living.

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Sources: Canada Department of Finance.; Indexation: 1.5% for 2018 and 2.0% (projected) for 2019 .  Canada Revenue Agency.

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