Child and family benefits

A new benefit is coming!

Based on proposed legislation, a new Canada child benefit (CCB) will replace the universal child care benefit (UCCB) and the Canada child tax benefit (CCTB) in July 2016.

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Child and family benefits are meant to help individuals and families. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) also administers related provincial and territorial programs.

Canada child benefit

The Canada child benefit (CCB) will be a tax-free monthly payment based on adjusted family net income.

If you now receive the UCCB or the CCTB or both, you do not need to apply for the new CCB. However, you and your spouse or common-law partner, if applicable, must file a 2015 income tax and benefit return, even if you don’t have income, so the CRA can calculate your payment. To see how much you could get, go to Child and family benefits calculator.

The CRA will issue the last regular UCCB and CCTB payments on June 20, 2016. The CRA will issue the first CCB payment on July 20, 2016. If the CRA currently deposits your payments into your bank account, this will continue. 

File your income tax and benefit return

To continue receiving the benefit and credit payments that you are entitled to, you have to file your income tax and benefit return on time every year, even if you do 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 and credits

Find out more about the following benefits and credits, including information on eligibility and how to apply:

How much could you get?

Child and family benefits calculator

Estimate the amount of money you may be entitled to, based on your situation.

If you want to sign up for direct deposit, go to direct deposit or call 1‑800‑387‑1193.

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