Common Questions

Who gets the child tax benefit?

The Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) is a tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families. This monthly payment is to help with the cost of raising children under age 18. The CCTB may include the National Child Benefit Supplement (NCBS) (for low-income families) or the Child Disability Benefit (CDB) (for families caring for children who have certain types of mental or physical impairments).

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:

  • 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.
  • Canada Child Tax Benefit, from Canada Revenue Agency, provides an overview of the child tax benefit. On the site, look under the Frequently Asked Questions.

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Last reviewed January 2015

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