Child and family benefits
If you recently received an email from the Canada Revenue Agency asking for your attention, it was probably a notification that you’ve got online mail in My Account. It may simply be letting you know you have a benefit payment notice. There is nothing you need to do to get your payment whether you receive a paper cheque or direct deposit. You may receive this type of email again. Go to benefit payment dates for more information.
To access your online mail, you must be registered for My Account. If you haven’t already registered, you can register online. If you have forgotten your CRA user ID and/or CRA password go to Is there any way that I can recover them? If you login with a Sign-In Partner and have forgotten your password, contact your financial institution for assistance.
Possible postal disruption
Starting in early July 2016, mail delivery in all regions across Canada may be interrupted or delayed by a possible postal disruption at Canada Post. In the event of a postal disruption, some CRA services will be affected; however, you are still required to meet your tax obligations. We encourage you to use our online services to manage your tax matters. Go to postal disruption web page for more information.
What are child and family benefits?
Child and family benefits are payments meant to help individuals and families. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers these payments and related provincial and territorial programs.
Are you eligible and do you want to apply for benefits?
Select a link below for more information on the benefit, credit, or program.
Married or common-law with children under 18 years old
Single and 19 or older with no children
|Canada child benefit||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) credit||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Provincial and territorial
benefits and credits
You might also be eligible for other benefits
Child disability benefit
This is a tax-free benefit for families who care for a child under the age of 18 who is eligible for the disability tax credit.
Working income tax benefit
This is a refundable tax credit intended to provide tax relief for eligible working low-income individuals and families who are already in the workforce. It is also intended to encourage Canadians to enter the workforce.
Children’s special allowances
This program provides payments to federal and provincial agencies and institutions that care for children (for example, children's aid societies).
Are you expecting a baby?
If you are the birth mother of a newborn, you can use the Automated Benefits Application on the birth registration form when you register your newborn with your province. This allows you to apply for the Canada child benefit, the GST/HST credit, and related provincial or territorial programs for your child.
Need to apply for child benefits for previous years?
You can still apply to get payments for these benefits if you were eligible and had a child who was under the age of 18 before July 2016, even if you did not apply in previous years:
The last regular payments for these previous-year benefits were issued in June 2016.
What do you need to do after you apply?
You don’t have to apply for the benefits and credits every year. But every year you must:
- file your income tax and benefit return
to continue receiving the benefit and credit payments that you are entitled to, you have to file your income tax and benefit return on time every year, even if you have no income in the year. If you have a spouse or common-law partner, they also have to file a return every year.
- keep your personal information up to date
to make sure you are getting the right amount of benefits and credits, you must keep your personal information updated with the CRA.
- keep your supporting documents in case we ask for them
- in the future, you might receive a letter from the CRA as part of the validation process, asking you to confirm your personal information.
Sign up for:
- direct deposit to make sure you never miss a payment in the mail.
- the MyBenefits CRA mobile application or My Account so you can get your personalized benefit information anytime, anywhere.
the benefit and credit payment dates reminders electronic mailing list to know when you will get your next payment.
Want to know how much you might get?
Go to our child and family benefits calculator to see how much you might get.
Did you get a benefits overpayment? You may have a balance owing.
When will you get your payment?
For all payment dates and contact information, see benefit payment dates.
Related services and information
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