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What is the Canada Child Benefit (CCB)?

The Canada Child Benefit (CCB) is a payment from the Canadian Government that helps families with the cost of raising their children up to the age of 18. The CCB came into effect on July 1, 2016. It replaces the Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB), the National Child Benefit Supplement (NCBS) and the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB), as well as the Family Tax Cut, also known as income splitting.

Administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), the CCB is non-taxable benefit paid on a monthly basis.

How much do families get?

The amount depends on how many children you have and your net family income. Families with children younger than age six will receive an annual tax-free benefit of up to $6,400 per child. Those with children between the ages of six and 17 will receive up to $5,400 annually. Households with children with annual income below $30,000 will receive the maximum payment.

The CCB might include the child disability benefit and any related provincial and territorial programs. Families whose children qualify for the Disability Tax Credit can receive an additional amount as part of their Canada Child Benefit, up to a maximum annual benefit of $2,730 per eligible child.

You can estimate of the amount you may receive by using the Canada Child Benefit Calculator, available on the CRA website.

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Who is eligible?

Eligibility is limited to parents who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or refugees. Recipients must also be residents of Canada for tax purposes.

An application for the CCB can be made through the Canada Child Benefits Application, available on the CRA website.

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