Canada Child Tax Benefit

The Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) is a tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help them with the cost of raising children under age 18.

Delivered by: Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

Eligibility Information

Recipients must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Live with and be the primary caregivers of a child under age 18;
  • be Canadian residents; and
  • be, or have a spouse or common-law partner that is:
    • a Canadian citizen
    • a permanent resident
    • a protected person; or
    • a temporary resident who has lived in Canada for the previous 18 months

Other criteria may apply.

Application Information

Applications must be submitted by mail or online.

Financial Information

The amount of the Canada Child Tax Benefit is calculated according to the information provided on the Income Tax and Benefit Returns, but can be adjusted during the year in cases of a change to family size or marital status.

Dates and Deadlines

  • The CCTB is usually issued on the 20th day of each month, and one week earlier in December. For specific dates, visit the CCTB page of the CRA Web site.
  • Individuals who have not received their CCTB within five business days following the date of issuance should contact the Canada Revenue Agency.

Contact Information

Contact the Canada Revenue Agency.

Related Information

  • During the mailing period, a telemessage service provides information on mailing and direct deposit dates.
  • Users of the toll-free telephone service may have to provide their Social Insurance Number.