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Canada Child Benefit

The Canada Child Benefit (CCB) is a tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help them with the cost of raising children under age 18.
Delivered by: Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

Eligibility Information

Recipients must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Live with and be the primary caregivers of a child under age 18;

  • be Canadian residents; and

  • be, or have a spouse or common-law partner that is:

    • a Canadian citizen

    • a permanent resident

    • a protected person

    • a temporary resident who has lived in Canada for the previous 18 months

  • Other criteria may apply.

Application Information

Applications must be submitted by mail or online.

  • Application Form for Canada Child Benefits

  • Online Application

Financial Information

The amount of the Canada Child Benefit is calculated according to the information provided on the Income Tax and Benefit Returns, but can be adjusted during the year in cases of a change to family size or marital status.

Dates and Deadlines

  • The CCB is usually issued on the 20th day of each month, and one week earlier in December. For specific dates, visit the CCB page of the CRA Web site.

  • Individuals who have not received their CCB within five business days following the date of issuance should contact the Canada Revenue Agency.

Universal Child Care Benefit

The Universal Child Card Benefit (UCCB) program issues a taxable monthly payment of $160 for each child under the age of six and $60 for each child aged 6 through 17 to help families cover the cost of child care.

For more information and to determine if you need to apply for the enhanced UCCB, visit the Canada Revenue Agency

Delivered by: Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) on behalf of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

Eligibility Information

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be the primary caregiver of a child under six years of age on or after July 1, 2006

  • Be a resident of Canada

Other criteria may apply.

Application Information

  • Families already receiving the Canada Child Benefit will automatically receive the Universal Child Card Benefit.

  • Families that do not receive the Canada Child Benefit will be able to apply for the Universal Child Care Benefit by submitting a completed Canada Child Benefits application form to the CRA.

  • Persons who apply late may receive up to 11 monthsd of retroactive payments, plus a payment for the month in which the application was received.

Dates and Deadlines

  • The UCCB will usually be issued on the 20th of each month, and one week earlier in December.

  • Individuals who have not received their UCCB within 10 business days following the date of issuance should contact the Canada Revenue Agency.

Child Care Subsidy

Ontario's child care subsidy helps eligible families pay for child care. The Ontario government, municipal governments and First Nations communities share the cost of the program.

Eligibility Information

You can qualify for the child care subsidy if you are the parent and your child:

  • is under 12 years old (or up to 18 years old if your child has special needs)

  • is in a licensed child care program, or

  • is a school-aged child enrolled in a recreation program, or

  • is in a before- and after-school program in a school that offers full-day kindergarten.

The amount you pay for child care depends on your family's adjusted net income. Your adjusted net income equals:

  • The net income amount on line 236 of the Canada Revenue Agency personal income tax form minus

  • Any federal Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) payments. (The UCCB is not considered in determining a family's child care fee subsidy).

Application Information

The ministry provides funding for fee subsidies to Consolidated Municipal Service Managers (CMSMs), District Social Services Administration Boards (DSSABs) and First Nations. You can apply for the child care subsidy or get more information about this program by contacting your local CMSM / DSSAB. For First Nations, please contact your local band office administrator.