What is the Canada Child Benefit (CCB)?

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Believe it or not, the Government of Canada gives away money in exchange for, well, simply having children! If you have one or more children under the age of 18, you could be eligible for the Canada Child Benefit (CCB), a monthly payment to families, given by the Government of Canada.


The government has proposed changes to the CCB which are expected to be applied in July 2018.

What is the Canada Child Benefit (CCB)?

You are eligible if you live with your child or children, are raising them yourself, and you pay Canadian taxes. In addition, you or your spouse must be one of the following:

  • A Canadian citizen
  • A permanent resident
  • A protected person
  • A temporary resident who has been living in Canada for 18 months and has a permit for month 19

The CCB application should be submitted by the parent who is the main caregiver of the child or children. However, if the father is the main caregiver, he must provide a note in the application from the mother verifying that he is the main caregiver. Mothers who are the main caregiver and apply do not require a note from the father.

For more information on how to apply for the Canada Child Benefit, visit the Government of Canada website.

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