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Do you know why the federal government gives Canada Child Benefit (CCB) payments to parents? It is because kids and debt are both are 4-letter words and expensive to have.

For some parents, the costs that accompany the care and upbringing of children can strain their finances. From housing to education, clothing to food, parents struggle to pay bills. Some parents take out a personal loan because of the cost of braces or unforseen bills.

If you are a low-income earner or if you have a low credit score, the impact of adding kids to the budget is devastating.

That is why both the federal and provincial governments provide many programs to help reduce parents’ financial burden. Some programs put money directly into parents’ bank account on a regular basis, while others provide federal tax credits and GST/HST rebates.

One popular type of benefit program is the Canada Child Benefit (CCB).

What Is The Canada Child Benefit (CCB)? 

The CCB is a tax-exempt benefit program available for eligible families with children under 18 years of age. The program’s goal is to help alleviate poverty by providing struggling parents with access to government-sponsored financial aid.

Eligibility Requirements For CCB Payments

To qualify for the CCB, you must be the primary caregiver for a child under 18 years of age and live with them and be a Canadian resident for tax purposes. Also, you or your spouse must be considered at least one of the following:

  • A Canadian citizen
  • A permanent resident
  • A protected person
  • A temporary resident who’s lived in Canada for a minimum of 18 months or has a valid permit
  • An indigenous person (as defined under the Indian Act) 

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How Much Can You Get Through The Canada Child Benefit?

If you have an adjusted net family income (AFNI) family income of $32,797, you should receive the maximum benefit.

For the tax year 2022, you’ll receive payment from July 2022 to June 2023. The maximum you can receive is $6,997 annually for each child under the age of 6 and up to $5,903 for each child between the age of 6 and 17. If you share custody of your children, you’ll get 50% of what you’d have received if you had full custody.

Maximum CCB Payments 

Per YearPer Month
Children under the age of 6$6,997 per child$583.08 per child
Children between 6 and 17 years of age$5,903 per year$491.91 per child

The government will calculate the monthly amount you qualify for based on your previous years’ tax return. You can use the Government of Canada website CCB calculator to get an idea of what monthly payment you can expect to receive.

The size of your CCB benefit is calculated using several factors, including:

  • The number of children you have
  • Your family’s adjusted net income (AFNI) for 2021
  • Whether your child is eligible to receive the child disability benefit
  • Your marital status
  • Your residence and whether you qualify for provincial benefits

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How Income Affects Your Canada Child Benefit Payment?

Your family’s net income is a crucial factor that impacts the amount of money you are entitled to under the CCB program. If your family’s net income is under $32,797, you’ll receive the maximum payment. CCB benefits are clawed back based on your family net income and the number of children you have.

For example, if you have 2 children under the age of 6, the maximum you can receive is $6,997 per child, that’s $13,994 per year. However, let’s say you have a family net income of $95,000. Your benefit would be reduced by $5,166 + 5.7% of your income over the threshold ($71,060). That means you’d qualify for $7,162.5. Below is an illustration of the CCB payment calculations.

  1. Take you income and subtract it by the income threshold: $95,000 – $71,060 = $23,940 (income over threshold)
  2. Take the income over thershold and mutliple it by the reduction percentage: $23,940*5.7% = $1,364.58
  3. Add the fixed amount to your reduction: $1,364.58 + $5,166 = $6,530.58
  4. Minus the maximum benefit by your reduction amount = $13,994 – $6,530.58 = $7,463.42

CCB Payment Reductions Depending On Income Level And Number Of Children

Number of childrenFamily net income over $32,797 and up to $71,060Family net income over $71,060
17% of your income above the threshold$2,678+ 3.2% of your income above the threshold
213.5% of your income above the threshold$5,166 + 5.7% of your income above the threshold
319.0% of your income above the threshold$7,270 + 8% of your income above the threshold
4 +23.0% of your income above the threshold$8,801 + 9.5% of your income above the threshold

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Canada Child Benefit Payment Dates

The CCB payment period starts in July and ends in June every year. Generally, you should receive your first payment 8 weeks after sending your online application and 11 weeks if you send it by mail. The CCB payments will be sent out to qualified applicants on the following dates:

Canada Child Benefit (CCB) Payment Dates in 2023
January 20, 2023
February 20, 2023
March 20, 2023
April 20, 2023
May 19, 2023
June 20, 2023
July 20, 2023
August 18, 2023
September 20, 2023
October 20, 2023
November 20, 2023
December 13, 2023
Please note that if your total yearly CCB payment is less than $240, you will not receive monthly payments. Instead, you’ll receive it in one lump sum in July.

How Do You Apply For The Canada Child Benefit? 

There are two ways to apply for the CCB: through birth registration or an application with the CRA.

Birth Registration

The first method requires completing paperwork at the hospital or medical centre where your child was born. You can fill out and submit this information when you register the birth of your child. If you live in Ontario, British Columbia, or Quebec, you can complete the registration process online. Ensure you give your consent and provide all the necessary details to the Vital Statistics Agency so it can pass on your information to the CRA.

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CRA Application

If you didn’t apply for the CCB upon your child’s birth, you can do so online through the CRA website. Simply log in to your personal CRA account, confirm your details, and provide the required information on your child, such as their name, date of birth, etc. 

If you opt to apply by mail, you’ll have to fill out form RC66 and send it to a local tax center. You may also need to include additional documents with your application, depending on your circumstances:

  • Child’s proof of birth – A valid proof of birth is needed for any child who has not received benefits from the CRA and was born outside of Canada or born in Canada and is at least one year old.
  • Letter from the female parent – A signed letter from the female parent confirming that the male parent is primarily responsible for the care and upbringing of the child, should this be the case. A letter is not required if the child is mainly under the care of the female parent.
  • Miscellaneous documents for a period that began 11 months ago – If your child started living with you 11 months ago, you must provide documentation that confirms your citizenship status and prove that you reside in Canada. You’ll also need to provide proof of birth and that you’re the child’s primary caregiver.

Provincial Child Benefit Programs In Canada

What Is The Canada Child Benefit Young Child Supplement (CCBYCS)?

The CCBYCS is an extra tax-free payment that families received for expenses in 2021. If you want to claim retroactive payments, you and, if applicable, your common law partner/spouse must have an assessed 2019 and 2020 tax and benefit return. The last day to comply for any retroactive CCBYCS payment is December 23, 2023.

Canada Child Benefit Young Child Supplement (CCBYCS) Payment Amount

As mentioned, the maximum you can receive is $1,200 per child for the year. Depending on your income level you can expect to receive:

Family Net IncomeCCBYCS Payment Amount
$120,000 or less$300 per child
Above $120,000$150 per child

Final Thoughts

The CCB is a program that you should investigate if you have children or plan to in the near future. It’s easy to apply for, and you can expect regular monthly payments for as long as you remain eligible. Also, utilizing the CCB won’t disqualify you from other income support benefits, such as the GST/HST rebate and disability tax credit. Having access to extra funds when raising a family is always helpful, so ensure you take advantage of the CCB as well as its provincial equivalents.

Canada Child Benefit (CCB) FAQs

Why have my CCB payments stopped?

Your CCB payments may have stopped for a number of reasons – here are some of the most common:
  • You didn’t file your tax return
  • You didn’t respond to an inquiry from the CRA
  • You failed to inform the CRA of a change in your bank account or address
  • Your income increased substantially to where you don’t qualify for any CCB benefits
  • You no longer meet the eligibility criteria for CCB benefits 
  • You had a change in your marital status

What’s the maximum CCB I can get?

The maximum CCB you can qualify for is $6,997 annually for each child under the age of 6 and $5,903 for each child between 6 and 17. These payments cover the period July 2022 to June 2023.

Is the CCB taxable?

No, CCB payments are not considered taxable income. You won’t get a tax slip that shows the payments, and you’re not required to report it when you file your taxes.

Are there any benefits if my child has a disability?

If your child has a disability that qualifies them for the disability tax credit, you may be entitled to the child disability benefit. This program runs from June to July every year and provides additional financial support for parents who care for children with disabilities. For the current period, you can receive up to $2,886 ($240.50 per month) for each child who meets the disability tax credit criteria.

Are there other benefits I can receive for my child?

Yes, there are provincial child benefit programs available. Some work in tandem with the CCB benefit, meaning you can expect the provincial portion to be added directly to your CCB payments. The provinces that follow this payment structure are:
  • British Columbia
  • Ontario
  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nunavut
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Yukon
In July 2020, Alberta combined the Alberta Child Benefit and Alberta Family Employment tax credit into the Alberta Child and Family benefit program. Quebec has several child benefit programs:
  • Family Allowance payment
  • Supplement for Handicapped Children Requiring Exceptional Care
  • Supplement for the Purchase of School Supplies
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Mark Gregorski

Mark is a writer who specializes in writing content for companies in the financial services industry. He has written articles about personal finance, mortgages, and real estate and is passionate about educating people on how to make smart financial decisions. Mark graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology with a degree in finance and has more than ten years' experience as an accountant. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing poker, going to the gym, composing music, and learning about digital marketing.

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