Canada Child Benefit (CCB)

Introduction

The Canada Child Benefit (CCB) is a tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help with the costs of raising children under 18 years old.

  • Benefits are paid over a 12-month period from July of one year to June of the next year.
  • Your benefit payments will be recalculated every July based on information from your income tax and benefit return from the previous year.
  • The amount you can receive for the CCB depends on the number of children that live with you, the ages of your children, your adjusted family net income, and your child’s eligibility for the Child Disability Benefit.

The basic benefit amount per child is:

  • $6,639 per year ($553.33 per month) for each eligible child under the age of six
  • $5,602 per year ($466.83 per month) for each eligible child aged 6 to 17

On average, families receive about $6,800 in CCB payments annually.

Use the Child and family benefits calculator to see what child and family benefits you might be eligible for and how much your payments may be.

Eligibility

You may be eligible if you meet all of these conditions:

  • You live with the child, and the child is under 18 years of age
  • You are primarily responsible for the care and upbringing of the child
  • You are a resident of Canada for tax purposes
  • You OR your spouse or common-law partner are any of the following:
    • Canadian citizen
    • Permanent resident
    • Protected person
    • Temporary resident who has lived in Canada for the previous 18 months, and who has a valid permit in the 19th month
    • Indian within the meaning of the Indian Act.
How to apply

Apply for the CCB

Notes

  • Apply as soon as:
    • Your child is born
    • A child starts to live with you
    • You or your spouse/common-law partner meet the eligibility conditions
  • If you and your spouse/common-law partner were residents of Canada for any part of 2019, you must both file up-to-date tax returns before the CCB can be calculated.
    • Both of you must file your tax returns every year, even if you do not have income to report.
    • If you do not file your taxes on time, your CCB will stop in August.
  • After your application is processed, you will get a CCB notice which will tell you how much money you will get.
  • You will usually receive the CCB one month after you become eligible.
    • Generally, you will be paid on the 20th of each month.
    • You can get the benefit deposited directly into your bank account. To get help setting up direct deposit, call Canada Revenue Agency at 1-800-959-8281
    • If you don't get paid on the 20th, wait 5 working days before calling 1-800-387-1193.
Difficulty
Moderate Application
Tax filing
Yes
Jurisdiction
Topics
Family