What is the Canada Child Benefit (CCB)?

The Canada Child Benefit (CCB) is a tax free monthly benefit made to eligible families with children under 18. The CCB is a benefit administered by the CRA to help families offset the cost of raising a child. 

Eligibility criteria 

In order to qualify, the taxpayer must meet ALL the following conditions:

  • You (the taxpayer) reside with a child who is under 18
  • You are the primarily responsible for the care/upbringing of the child
  • You are a resident of Canada (for tax purposes, different than citizenship)

Are you considered the primary individual responsible for the care of the child?

  • Supervising the child’s daily activities and needs
  • Ensuring that the child’s medical needs are met
  • Arranging/providing child care when necessary 

In general if there is a male and female parent living with the child, the female parent should be the one applying for the CCB. If however the male parent is the primary caregiver then the male parent should apply for the CCB and attach a signed letter (signed by both parents) along with the application. The signed letter should inform the CRA that the primary caregiver is the male parent. 

Shared custody questions? 

Please contact us today and we can go over your situation in more detail to determine which parent is eligible for the benefit. 

How much can you receive?

For a rough estimate of how much you can receive for your child, please use the CRA calculator.

Additional Questions regarding the CCB?

  • Payment Dates
  • Stopped receiving the benefit?
  • Want to apply for the benefit? 

Contact Team Tax today for a free consultation and to discuss your tax/benefit situation.