Child Benefits to Parents in Canada

Understand the financial help available to parents of toddlers and how to register to claim...

In order to receive certain benefits, the child may need a Social Insurance Number. The parent or legal guardian can apply for this and children over the age of 12 can apply for this themselves.

  • For information on applying for this Social Insurance Number: Click here

Universal Child Care Benefit

The Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) is payable to all eligible children under the age of six years.

Eligibility requires:

  • The child to live with the claimant and be under six years of age
  • The claimant to be the primary caregiver
  • The claimant must be a resident of Canada and the spouse or common-law partner must be a citizen/permanent resident/protected person or temporary resident

UCCB can be claimed from the month following the child's birth and is paid in installments of C$100 per month per child.

Canada Child Tax Benefit

Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) is a non-taxable monthly payment given to eligible families to help with costs of raising children under 18. This benefit includes Child Disability Benefit (CDB) and National Child Benefit Supplement (NCBS), a benefit for low-income families. The CCTB is calculated based on family net income.

Children are also eligible for the Children's Fitness Tax Credit, a non-refundable tax credit to encourage healthy living and physical activity in children.

Other benefits may be available from provincial or territorial governments for families with children.