Common Questions

Who gets the child tax 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 18 years of age. The CCB might include the child disability benefit (CDB) and any related provincial and territorial programs.

To get any of these benefits you must meet certain conditions.

Good starting points to learn more about these conditions and how to apply include:

  • Canada Child Benefit, from Canada Revenue Agency, provides an overview of the child tax benefit. You will find information on how to apply, and how the CCB is calculated, as well as links to provincial programs.
  • Benefits for grandparents and other relatives raising children, from the Legal Services Society, is a fact sheet that describes the government benefits that grandparents or other relatives raising a relative’s child may be eligible to receive. Included is information on the child tax benefit.

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Last reviewed December 2017
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