Canada Child Benefit (CCB)

 What is the Canada Child  Benefit (CCB)?

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.

The CCB may include the Child Disability Benefit (CDB), a monthly benefit providing financial assistance for qualified families caring for children with severe and prolonged mental or physical impairments. The CCB might include the related provincial or territorial benefits.

Can I get the Canada Child Benefit (CCB)?

To get the CCB, you must meet all the following conditions:

  • you must live with the child, and the child must be under the age of 18;
  • you must be the person who is primarily responsible for the care and upbringing of the child;
  • you must be a resident of Canada; and
  • You or your spouse or common-law partner must be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, a protected person.

 When do I apply for the Canada Child Benefit (CCB)?

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

  • your child is born;
  • a child starts to live with you; or
  • You become a resident of Canada.

Even if you feel you will no longer qualify for the CCB because your family net income has increased, you should still apply. CRA recalculate your entitlement every July based on your family net income for the previous year.