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Child and Family Benefit Programs Provided by Governments

The Federal 2016 Budget includes a proposal to replace the UCCB and CCTB with a new Canada Child Benefit (CCB) providing monthly tax-free benefits that are tied to income.  The date for implementation is July 1, 2016.

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

Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB)

 - taxable monthly payment, expanded and increased retroactive to Jan 1, 2015, proposed to end June 30, 2016.

Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB)

The CCTB is a tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help them with the cost of raising children under age 18, proposed to end June 30, 2016. See Canada child tax benefit (CCTB) on the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) website.

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 was some confusion over the elimination of the Child Tax Credit for 2015, with some people thinking that the Canada Child Tax Benefit was being eliminated.  This was not the case.  The Child Tax Credit was 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 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: March 23, 2016


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