UCCB - Payments

  1. How much are the universal child care benefit (UCCB) payments and how are they paid?
  2. When are the UCCB payments made?
  3. How can I receive my payments by direct deposit?
  4. What happens if I do not receive my UCCB payment on the 20th day of a month?
  5. Can I refuse UCCB payments?
  6. What happens if I have an outstanding debt with the Canada Revenue Agency or with another federal agency or department? Will my UCCB payments be reduced to pay off my debt?
  7. Can I ask that my UCCB payments be applied to my outstanding Canada Revenue Agency debt?
  8. What happens if you owe money for UCCB?
  9. What happens to UCCB payments if a recipient dies?
  10. Can I access my UCCB payment information through My Account?

1. How much are the universal child care benefit (UCCB) payments and how are they paid?

The UCCB is a monthly payment of $100 per eligible child under the age of 6 years.

2. When are the UCCB payments made?

Generally, UCCB payments are made on the 20th of each month. By default, payments are issued by cheque but they can also be directly deposited into your account at a financial institution.

You can subscribe to the benefit recipients – payment issuance electronic mailing list to be notified when the next UCCB payments will be issued.

2014 UCCB payment dates

January 20, 2014
February 20, 2014
March 20, 2014
April 17, 2014
May 20, 2014
June 20, 2014
July 18, 2014
August 20, 2014
September 19, 2014
October 20, 2014
November 20, 2014
December 12, 2014

3. How can I receive my payments by direct deposit?

Please see Frequently asked questions about Direct Deposit.

4. What happens if I do not receive my UCCB payment on the 20th day of a month?

If you do not receive your UCCB payment on the 20th of the month, please allow 10 working days for delivery. If you have not received your payment after the 10 working days, please contact the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) at 1-800-387-1193.

5. Can I refuse UCCB payments?

Yes. If you do not want to receive the UCCB, please call the CRA at 1-800-387-1193.

6. What happens if I have an outstanding debt with the CRA or with another federal agency or department? Will my UCCB payments be reduced to pay off my debt?

No. The UCCB payments will not be applied to debts (other than to an outstanding UCCB debt) or transferred to other federal agencies or departments.

7. Can I ask that my UCCB payments be applied to my outstanding CRA debt?

No. The UCCB is intended to help Canadian families meet their childcare needs and it will be protected from being applied to outstanding tax debts.

8. What happens if you owe money for UCCB?

If you received a UCCB overpayment, please refer to the CRA balance owing – benefits overpayment page.

9. What happens to UCCB payments if a recipient dies?

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.

10. Can I access my UCCB payment information through My Account?

Yes. You can view your UCCB payment details through the CRA secure online service My Account. You need to register for a CRA user ID and password to access My Account.

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