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Child and Family Benefit Programs Provided by Governments

The federal and provincial governments have benefit programs which provide additional income for families, and for low-income individuals.  These programs include

bulletUniversal child care benefit (UCCB) - to be increased Jan 1, 2015.  See October 2014 Federal Tax Update.
bulletCanada child tax benefit (CCTB) - tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help them with the cost of raising children under age 18. No changes to this program for 2015 have been announced.  The CCTB may include:
bulletNational child benefit (NCB)
bulletChild disability benefit (CDB) - tax-free benefit for families who care for a child under age 18 who is eligible for the disability amount.
bulletGST/HST credit
bulletprovincial and territorial programs

It appears that there is some confusion over the proposed elimination of the Child Tax Credit for 2015, with some people thinking that the Canada Child Tax Benefit is being eliminated.  The Child Tax Credit is a non-refundable tax credit claimed on the tax return, and its elimination was proposed by the October 2014 Federal Tax Update in conjunction with the increase in the UCCB.

For more information on these programs, see the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Child and Family Benefits web page.  Use the CRA Online Child and Family Benefits Calculator to determine your eligibility for these programs.

For more government benefits and resources, federal and provincial/territorial, see our Government Benefits page.


Revised: April 30, 2015


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