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:
- Your address changes
- The number of children in your care changes
- You have changed your marital status
- You want to start, change, or end direct deposit
- A UCCB recipient has died
- You or your spouse or common-law partner is no longer a resident of Canada
- Personal information on your UCCB notice is not correct
- You did not receive your UCCB payment
- You do not want to receive the UCCB payment
- You have a question about a topic that was not shown above
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
- If you have a newborn child or a child starts to live with you, you will need to complete Form RC66, Canada child benefits application or apply online on My Account by using the Apply for child benefits service.
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 1-800-387-1193, 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 an individual who was receiving UCCB payments for a child dies, the child's new caregiver should contact the CRA to provide the date of the recipient's death.
The CRA may still send out a payment after the date of death because the CRA are not aware of the death. If this happens, please return the payment to the tax centre that serves your area with a brief letter of explanation.
If you are the surviving spouse or common-law partner of the deceased individual and you lived with that person at the time of his or her death, in most cases you won't have to complete a new application. If certain requirements have been met, the children will be automatically transferred to your account.
If you are any other caregiver (such as grandparent or guardian), you will have to complete Form RC66, Canada Child Benefits Application, and send it to the CRA or you can also use the Apply for child benefits online service on My Account to report this change to the CRA.
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 do not want to receive the UCCB payment
If you do not want to receive the UCCB, please call the CRA at 1-800-387-1193.
10. 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.
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