Child Tax Benefits & Credits

If you have a child you may be eligible for:

  • Canada Child Benefits (CCB), depending on your income. This is a monthly benefit made to eligible families to help with the expense of having children in the home. A good place to start for information on benefits you may qualify for is the brochure “Canada Child Benefits”:
  • If your child qualifies under the disabled child provision, you may be eligible for benefits under the Child Disability Benefit (CDB). For information on the eligibility of this benefit, please see Child Disability Benefit:
  • Child Fitness Tax Credit
    • You may claim to a maximum of $500 per child under the age of 16 for the Child Fitness Credit for a prescribed program of physical activity.
  • Children's Arts Amount
    • You may claim to a maximum of $250 per child under the age of 18 for the Children's Arts Amount for a prescribed program of artistic, cultural, recreational or developmental activity. 

You should apply for benefits as soon:

  • A child is born
  • A child begins to live with you
  • You or your spouse, or common-law partner become eligible for benefits  
  • If you provided consent to use the Automated Benefits Application service on when you registered your child's birth you do not need to apply for the Child Tax Benefit or the Universal Child Care Benefits as they will be applied for automatically on your behalf by the Vital Statistics Agency.

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