Canada child tax benefit - Overview

  1. Overview
  2. Before you apply
  3. How to apply
  4. After you apply
  5. How we calculate your CCTB


The Canada child tax benefit (CCTB) is a tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help them with the cost of raising children under 18 years of age. The CCTB may include the:

The Canada Revenue Agency uses information from your income tax and benefit return to calculate your CCTB payments. To get your benefits, you have to file your return on time every year, even if you did not have income in the year. If you have a spouse or common-law partner, they also have to file a return every year.

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.

When is your next CCTB payment?

Go to benefit payment dates to find out when the next payments will be made. If you want to know how much your next CCTB payment will be and when you'll get it, go to My Account or use MyCRA mobile application.

You can also subscribe to our electronic mailing list to get an email reminder before we issue each payment.

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