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HelpCanadian’s Canada Child Benefit Guide

The Canada Child Benefit (CCB) is a new system implemented by the Government of Canada that replaces the old Canada Child Tax Benefit program. The revamped CCB requires no new application for a child’s family if they were already collecting disability benefits.

Not to be confused with the Child Disability Benefit (CDB), the Canada Child Benefit provides monthly payments for eligible families to help with the costs of raising children under the age of 18. This can be a collected in addition to the CDB, though your child must qualify for the Disability Tax Credit  to be eligible for either.

Compared to the old Canada Child Tax Benefit program, the new Canada Child Benefit is:

  • Simple – families receive a consistent payment every month, giving them time to plan on how to allocate these funds
  • Tax-Free – you won’t have to pay taxes on any payments when filing taxes
  • Designed for those who need it most – low-to-middle income families enjoy higher payments than those with the highest incomes
  • More generous – families will receive, on average, an increase of almost $2,300 per year

Is My Child Eligible for the Canada Child Benefit?

To qualify for a child tax credit, he or she must meet all of the following criteria as detailed by the Government of Canada:

  1. You must be living with the child, and he or she must be under 18.
  2. You must be primarily responsible for the upbringing of the child.
  3. You must be a resident of Canada, for tax purposes.
  4. You or your spouse or common-law partner must be:
    1. A Canadian citizen;
    2. A permanent resident;
    3. A protected person, or;
    4. A temporary resident who has lived in Canada for the past 18 months, with a valid permit in the 19th month, apart from one that has a ‘does not confer status’ or ‘does not confer temporary resident status’.
    5. An Indian as defined by the Indian Act

When’s the Best Time to Apply for Child Benefits?

Don’t wait! You should apply for child benefits after:

  • The birth of your child
  • A child starts living with you
  • You share custody, or
  • You, a spouse, or common-law partner meet the eligibility conditions

How to Apply for Child Benefits in Canada

You can apply for Child Benefit by creating a ‘My Account’ through the Canada Revenue Agency’s website, or by completing and submitting Form RC66, also known as the Canada Child Benefit application.

For mothers of newborns, you can alternatively use the Automated Benefits Application to apply for child benefits.

If you need assistance in applying for disability for your child, contact us for a fast, free assessment. You can also fill out our Apply for Disability form to first determine whether your child qualifies for the Disability Tax Credit, and the CDB & CCB by extension.

Disability Resources & Forms

For a thorough, detailed rundown of everything you need to know about the Canada Child Benefit, visit the CRA’s Canada Child Benefit overview.

When you’re ready to begin your application for child care benefits, the necessary forms can be found here.

Interested in Canadian disability benefits statistics? The CRA breaks down each child & family benefit program in the country, and how family allowances have changed over the years.