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The Canada Child Benefit

Starting in July 2019, the Canada Child Benefit has been increased once again to keep pace with the cost of living. The maximum annual benefit has increased to $6,639 per child under age 6 and to $5,602 per child age 6 through 17. This change gives parents even more money each month, tax-free, to help them provide for their kids.

Budget 2016 introduced the Canada Child Benefit, a key initiative of the Government to strengthen the middle class and help those working to join it. In July 2018, the CCB was increased two years ahead of schedule to keep up with the cost of living.

Canada Child Benefit is:

  • simple — most families receive a single payment every month
  • tax-free — families don't have to pay taxes on payments received when they file their tax returns
  • targeted to those who need it most — low and middle-income families get higher payments, and those with the highest incomes (generally over $150,000) receive less than under the previous system
  • generous — on average, families benefitting from the CCB receive about $6,800 in CCB payments annually.


Use the child and family benefits calculator to figure out how much you may get.

Choose which province you live in, input your family net income and the number of children you have under the age of 18.

Check out the calculator!

Did you know?

About 9 out of 10 Canadian families receive higher payments under the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) than before. The CCB has had a positive impact on families’ incomes, playing a key role in reducing child poverty. There were 334,000 fewer children living in poverty in 2018 than there were in 2015.

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