If you have children under 18, the Government of Canada may help you with the cost of raising them. This monthly, tax-free payment is called the Canada child benefit (CCTB).
The amount of this benefit is based on:
- your family income
- the number of children you have
- your children’s ages
- the province or territory where you live
When you apply, you must provide:
- proof of your Canadian immigration status and
- proof of birth for any of your children born outside of Canada
Applying for the benefit
You must file an income tax return each year to get the CCB. If you have not been a resident of Canada long enough to file a return, you will need to complete a separate form to declare your world income.
You can get these forms and more information from the Canada Revenue Agency:
- on their website
- by phone at 1-800-959-8281
If you live in Quebec and your child was born before 2007, you will have to submit applications for child assistance and send any information about a change in your family situation directly to the Régie des rentes du Québec. If you live in Quebec and your child was born in 2007 or later, you do not have to submit an application because the Régie will be notified automatically. For more information, visit the Régie’s website.
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