Canada Child Benefit

AKA: CCB; Formerly Canada Child Tax Benefit
Provided by: Government of Canada - Canada Revenue Agency - AKA: CRA

Service Description

Issues a tax-free monthly payment to eligible families to help them with the cost of raising children under age 18. The CCB might include the child disability benefit and any related provincial and territorial programs.

CCB payments can begin the month after you become eligible, as long as you are still eligible at the beginning of the current month.

Although the Canada child tax benefit and the universal child care benefit are no longer being issued, you can still request an adjustment for previous years, if you were eligible.

COVID-19 UPDATE: A one-time increase of up to $300 per child as part of the May 2020 payment * The amount is calculated on 2018 tax returns * This is automated and you do not need to re-apply

Information

Eligibility:
Must meet all of the following conditions:

-Live with the child, and the child must be under 18 years of age
-Be primarily responsible for the care and upbringing of the child
-Be a resident of Canada for tax purposes

You or your spouse or common-law partner must be:
-A Canadian citizen
-A permanent resident
-A protected person
-A temporary resident who has lived in Canada for the previous 18 months, and who has a valid permit in the 19th month
-An Indian within the meaning of the Indian Act
Fees:
No fees
How to Access:
Apply for the CCB in one of the following ways: -Automated Benefits Application -My Account (online) -Form RC66, Canada Child Benefits Application See the website for more detailed information on the each method Apply for the CCB as soon as possible after: -Your child is born -A child starts to live with you -You or your spouse or common-law partner meet the eligibility conditions You should apply even if: -You share custody of your child -Your child is living with you for a determined temporary period of time -Your current family net income is too high to get the CCB (you might be eligible for other benefits)
Documents Required:
To receive the CCB you have to file your tax return every year, even if you did not have income in the year * If you have a spouse or common-law partner, they must also file a return every year * Other documents confirming marital status, residency, or the primary caregiver may be requested after the initial application
Program Hours:
Automated service is a 24/7 service * Telephone agents available Monday-Friday (except holidays), 10am-6pm AST
Program Phone Numbers:
Language:
English * French
Coverage Area:
Canada

Service Locations & Contact Info

      • Disabilities Access:
        Not applicable
      • Hours for telephone service vary
    • Individual Tax Account Balance Automated Service
      Toll-free * Provides information about your tax account balance, as well as your last payment amount and date
      1-866-474-8272
    • Toll-Free Number
      Across Canada * TIPS (Tax Information Phone Service) Automated Information System
      1-800-267-6999
    • TTY
      General Inquiries * Toll-free Across Canada
      1-800-665-0354