Universal child care benefit (UCCB)

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Important notice

Under proposed legislation, the Government is increasing and expanding the UCCB starting in 2015. The UCCB is being enhanced by providing up to $1,920 per year for each child under the age of 6, and introducing a new benefit of up to $720 per year for children aged 6 through 17.

See our scenarios to find out where you fit in? Take our simple quiz I'm a parent with a child or children under the age of 18. Will I automatically receive the enhanced UCCB? to find out if you need to apply.

The UCCB is designed to help Canadian families, as they try to balance work and family life, by supporting their child care choices through direct financial support.

I'm a parent with a child or children under the age of 18. Will I automatically receive the enhanced UCCB? Answer the question below to find out:

Are you currently receiving the Canada child tax benefit (CCTB) for all children in your care?

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Questions and answers

What changes have been made to enhance the UCCB?

The Government of Canada is introducing changes to the law to increase and expand the UCCB. Enhanced payments for the universal child care benefit would take effect as of January 2015 and would begin to be reflected in monthly payments to recipients in July 2015.

The UCCB is increasing for children under the age of six. Effective January 1, 2015, parents will receive a benefit of up to $160 per month for each child under the age of six, up from $100 per month. If the changes to the law pass, parents will receive up to $1,920 per child per year.

The UCCB is also expanding to children aged six through 17. Effective January 1, 2015, parents will receive a benefit of up to $60 per month for children aged six through 17. If the changes to the law pass, parents will receive up to $720 per child per year.

The first enhanced payment will be issued in July 2015 and will include any retroactive payments for the period of January 2015 to June 2015.

Note
It is the CRA’s longstanding practice to administer tax and benefit measures on the basis of proposed legislation, which has been accepted in principle by Parliament pursuant to a Notice of Ways and Means Motion, unless this legislation or a motion to implement the measures is defeated in Parliament.

My child does not go to daycare. Can I receive the UCCB anyway?

The UCCB supports Canadian families in their child care choices, whether or not the children are in institutionalized daycare programs.

I’m already receiving UCCB; do I have to apply for the enhanced UCCB?

If you previously applied for or received the Canada child tax benefit (CCTB) or the UCCB for a child or children who are under 18 and who are still in your care, the increase will be applied automatically.

Go to I'm a parent with a child or children under the age of 18. Will I automatically receive the enhanced UCCB? and answer the questions to determine if you need to apply for the enhanced UCCB for any additional children in your care.

Do I need to apply for the enhanced UCCB if I received UCCB in the past for a child who is still in my care?

Help your kids reach for the stars!

If your personal information has not changed, since you received the CCTB or UCCB, you do not need to reapply.  We will pay the enhanced UCCB to you automatically based on the information we have on file.

If your personal information has changed since you received the CCTB or UCCB, you should contact the CRA to update your records to ensure you receive the correct UCCB payment.

Go to I'm a parent with a child or children under the age of 18. Will I automatically receive the enhanced UCCB? and answer the questions to determine if you need to apply for the enhanced UCCB for any additional children in your care.

When are the UCCB payments made?

Generally, the CRA issues the UCCB payments on the 20th of each month. See the benefit payment dates to view the last and next payment dates.

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

Note
Subject to parliamentary approval, the July 2015 UCCB payment will include the enhanced payments for January to June 2015.
What do I have to do if I have never applied for the CCTB or UCCB for a child in my care who is under the age of 18?

Apply now You can apply online by using "Apply for child benefits" through the CRA’s My Account online service. Or, you can complete Form RC66, Canada Child Benefits Application, and send it to your tax centre with the supporting documents. If your application is not complete, the CRA will ask for the missing information.

To find out if you qualify for the CCTB or UCCB for a child, refer to I am not receiving CCTB or UCCB, do I qualify?

I am not receiving CCTB or UCCB, do I qualify?

Support you kids every step of the way

As of January 1, 2015, subject to parliamentary approval, the UCCB is available to families with children under the age of 18. The CRA must process your application to determine if you qualify.

* Under the current legislation, the UCCB is available to families with children under the age of 6.

To receive the CCTB and UCCB, you must meet the following conditions:

  1. You must live with the child.
    Note
    For the CCTB, the child must be under the age of 18.
    For the UCCB, effective January 1, 2015, under the proposed legislation, the child must be under the age of 18. Under current legislation, the child must be under the age of 6.
  2. You must be the person who is primarily responsible for the child’s care and upbringing. Primarily responsible means that you are responsible for such things as supervising the child's daily activities and needs, making sure the child's medical needs are met, and arranging for child care when necessary. If there is a female parent who lives with the child, the CRA usually considers her to be this person. However, it could be the father, a grandparent, or a guardian.
    Note
    You may not be considered primarily responsible for the care and upbringing of a child if the child is legally, physically or financially maintained by a child welfare agency. For more information, go to the Children's Special Allowances (CSA) Fact Sheet or call 1-800-387-1193.
  3. You must be a resident of Canada.
    • The CRA considers you to be a resident of Canada when you establish sufficient residential ties in Canada.
  4. You or your spouse or common-law partner must be a:
    • Canadian citizen;
    • permanent resident, as defined in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
    • protected person, as defined in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; or
    • temporary resident, as defined in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, who has lived in Canada throughout the previous 18 months, and who has a valid permit in the 19th month (other than one that states "does not confer status"). If this is your situation, you should not apply before the 19th month.

Note
You are entitled to receive the UCCB for a particular month if you are an eligible individual for CCTB at the end of the preceding month and continue to be so into the beginning of that particular month.

When do I apply for the UCCB?

Generally, you should apply for the UCCB as soon as possible after:

  • your child is born;
  • a child starts to live with you; or
  • you became a resident of Canada.
If I file a Canada child benefits application, when can I expect to receive my first UCCB payment?

You can expect to hear from the CRA within 80 calendar days after receiving your application. To ensure you receive your enhanced UCCB payment in July 2015, you need to apply by May 1, 2015.

What if I don’t apply for the enhanced UCCB by May 1, 2015?

You will still receive your enhanced UCCB payment and any retroactive payment, but you will get them later. Generally, the CRA issues UCCB payments on the 20th of each month. If your application is not complete, the CRA will contact you for the missing information.

Can I get my UCCB payments by direct deposit?

The Government of Canada is switching to direct deposit payments.

If you already provided your bank account information to the CRA for one or more payments, we will continue to use this bank account to deposit all payments we make to you on or after January 1, 2015. For more information or to apply for direct deposit, go to Direct deposit.

Can my UCCB payment be used to pay off my outstanding debt with the CRA or another federal department or agency?

No, the UCCB is intended to help Canadian families meet their child care needs and it will be protected from being applied to outstanding debts, others than UCCB debts.

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