Family Tax Benefits
As a parent in Canada, you may be eligible to receive tax benefits after you have been in Canada for 18 months.
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 the age of 18). The benefit amount is calculated using information provided on annual income returns. The benefit amount can be readjusted during the year in cases of change in family size or marital status.
For international student families to be eligible, you must:
- be the primary caregivers of a child under age 18
- be a temporary resident who has lived in Canada for 18 months and has valid permit in the 19th month
For further information regarding application and eligibility, visit the Canada Revenue Agency website.
Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB)
The UCCB is a taxable, $100 monthly payment to families for each child under the age of six to help cover the cost of childcare. This benefit helps you pay for whatever childcare method you choose, including a nanny, baby-sitter, childcare centre, or a stay-at-home parent, no matter the cost.
Families already receiving the CCTB will automatically receive the UCCB. For further information regarding application and eligibility, visit the Service Canada website.