UCCB - When to contact the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) about UCCB payments

Contact the CRA about universal child care benefit (UCCB) payments for the following situations:

  1. Your address changes
  2. The number of children in your care changes
  3. You have changed your marital status
  4. You want to start, change, or end direct deposit
  5. A UCCB recipient has died
  6. You or your spouse or common-law partner is no longer a resident of Canada
  7. Personal information on your UCCB notice is not correct
  8. You did not receive your UCCB payment
  9. You have a question about a topic that was not shown above

How to contact the CRA about your UCCB


1. Your address changes

If you move, please let the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) know. Otherwise, your payments may stop, even if you use direct deposit and your bank account does not change. See How to change your address.

2. The number of children in your care changes

a) You have a newborn child or a child starts to live with you

b) A child for whom you are receiving the benefit is no longer in your care

  • Let the CRA know as soon as possible if a child for whom you are receiving the UCCB is no longer in your care, stops living with you, or dies. Use “End care of child” on My Account or call 1-800-387-1193 to avoid getting overpaid and receiving a request to pay some of your benefits back.

3. You have changed your marital status

If your marital status has changed, you must inform the CRA of your new status and the date of the change by the end of the month following the month in which your status changes. You can do this by using "Change my marital status" on My Account on the CRA Web site, calling 1-800-959-1193, or by completing  form RC65, Marital status change . You may also provide the information by sending a letter to the tax centre that serves your area. Be sure your letter includes the date (day, month and year) of the marital status change, your name and social insurance number, along with your spouse or common-law partner's name and social insurance number (if applicable).

Note: You are separated if you have been living apart from your spouse or common-law partner for 90 consecutive days or more because of a breakdown in your relationship, and you have not reconciled. Do not advise the CRA of your separation until you have been separated for more than 90 consecutive days.

4. You want to start, change, or end direct deposit

Please see the Direct deposit page.

5. A UCCB recipient has died

If a UCCB recipient dies, the next of kin or the estate should tell the CRA in writing. Someone else may be eligible to get benefits for the child.

Send a letter to the tax centre that serves your area.

6. You or your spouse or common-law partner is no longer a resident of Canada

If this is the case, please call to tell the CRA at 1-800-387-1193.

7. Personal information on your UCCB notice is not correct

Your UCCB notice shows your payment details. If there is an error in the information on your notice, then the amount of your payment may also be wrong. If any of the information is wrong, or if it changes at any time, contact the CRA as soon as possible.

You can contact the CRA by telephone at 1-800-387-1193, or by writing to the tax centre address shown on your notice.

8. You did not receive your UCCB payment

If you did not receive your UCCB payment on the expected date, please wait 10  working days before calling the CRA at 1-800-387-1193.

9. You have a question about a topic that was not shown above

If you have questions about the UCCB, you can call the CRA toll free at 1-800-387-1193, or you can send a letter to the tax centre that serves your area.

How to contact the CRA about your UCCB payment

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