Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB)

by Mike Holman

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Another government program that is available for parents in Canada is called the Canada Child Tax Benefit. This particular benefit is one of the few income-tested programs that actually has reasonable income limits so you can be fairly middle class and still get some cash out of this.

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Eligibility for CCTB

  • Child must be under 18 years of age.
  • Primary caregiver must be a Canadian resident.
  • You must live with the child.
  • Family net income must be less than approximately $102,000. Keep in mind that net income is AFTER any deductions such as RRSP contributions.
  • Check out the government of Canada website for more information.

How to apply for the CCTB

The form for this benefit is called Form RC66 – Canada Child Benefits Application and can be downloaded from www.cra.gc.ca/forms or call 1-800-959-2221. Keep in mind that this application is the same one as for the UCCB (Universal child care benefit) so you only have to fill out this form once for both benefits.

Do I need proof of income to apply for the CCTB?

No you don’t. However the exception is if one of the parents became a new resident or returned as a resident of Canada in the last 2 years – or if you became a Canadian citizen in the last 12 months.

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Do I need proof of birth to apply for the CCTB?

No, unless the child was born outside of Canada or was born in Canada and is one year of age or older.

How much will I get from CCTB?

Check out the CRA’s online calculator to find out how much your benefit will be. The benefit is a sliding scale so the more net family income you have, the smaller the benefit will be.

 

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151 krista

Erica

It could change depending on thier findings, you will just have to wait and see.

152 Cathrine Carlson

I have never claimed my son..at birth.. we have not recived any money from Child Tax.. my question is ..is it to late ..and would they refund us ?

153 Cathrine Carlson

Hello ,
I need your Help!
My son was born 2007 , we have never recived and Child since Birth. I have his Birth Certifite and Health Card .
My question is ..is it to late?? and would they refund us ?

Thank you for your time ;)

154 julio gracia

hello ¡¡ my child was brond in canada but we move to life to mexico for two years is possible that she can resive money living ou of canada ? or in the way back would they refund ?

thanks : sorry if my english is not that good :

155 julio gracia

hello again my second child born in mexico my cuestion sis when she become to be a cityzen she will recive child befefics ?

156 johnna

Hi.. i am 17 years old. i havent lived with my parents since i was 14. i am now living with my 24 year old sister. my mother recently got cut off of baby bonus, therefore my sister applied for it..we were suppost to recieve t in august (last month) ..why havent i recieved it yet? should i not be recieveing it until im 18 years of age? plz email me asap!

157 Ma. Elena Hipolito

Hello my second baby was born last April,2011, and since birth i haven’t recived a child tax benefits yet.What i only recieve is the RESP worth $500. Thank you very much and hope to hear from your good office soon.

158 Krystal

Some family members of mine just returned after a 1 yr vacation overseas. They were getting CCTB & UCB while on “vacation”. Should they not be entitled to pay the money back to the Govt as they were not living in Canada for a year? How does the Govt keep track of ppl who abuse the system? How do they know if someone has left the country and still receiving CCTB & UCB??

159 Maelstrum

What if the court has ordered (written order) the children to live with the mother instead of the father for a period of 5 months. Can the father still collect the benefit during this time?

160 DHILLON MANJIT SINGH

HI,
MY CHILD WAS BORN IN CANADA IN 1993, HE WILL BE 18 ON THIS DECEMBER. MY WIFE BORN HIM THERE WHILE WE HAVE A TRIP TO CANADA IN 1993. WE STAY THERE FOR 4 MONTHS. WE RETURN BACK TO HONGKONG AT THAT MOMENT BECAUSE I NEED TO WORK. WE ARE NOT CANADIAN AT THAT TIME. MY SON RISE IN HONGKONG SINCE 1993 TO 2010. NOW HE RETURN TO CANADA IN 2010 TILL NOWALMOST 1 N HALF YEAR. HE IS STUDYING THERE. I HEAR THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA HAVE CHILD BENEFITS SINCE HE WAS BORN TILL 18 YRS OLD. HE OR WE CAN APPLY THAT CHILD BENEFITS FOR HIM.CAN HE HAVE THAT BENEFITS NOW FOR THESE YEARS THAT HE WAS NOT IN CANADA .SOME PEOPLES SAYS THAT THEY ARE HAVING IT EVEN THEY ARE NOT RESISTDENT OF CANADA OR NOT STAYING IN CANADA. IS THAT TRUE . HOW OR WHERE I CAN ASK ABOUT THIS DETAILS.
THANKS.

161 Luleta Ingram-Lewis

How can I check if someone is collecting child tax credit using my child’s SS# & Birth Certificate?

Thank you

162 Cherish Kreibom

My daughter was born February 9th, 2010 and has not been in my care since July 15th or June 15th the same year. Can I apply for the benefits from when she was born until she was taken from me by children services?

163 Mike Holman

@Cherish – You should definitely apply. Worst case scenario is that you don’t get the money.

164 crystal

i don’t live with my parents so i want to know if i could get my baby bonus i an 17 year old i live with a good friend of mine

165 Paulina

That is my question in order to get my retroactive payment. We received a letter from immigration on Feb 27, 2010 which we accepted as a resident and we had to send some papers, in August of that year we got a letter giving us notice that the September 1, 2010 we were going to withdraw our residence. in October did the paperwork for the baby bonous. We have a son who was born here and a daughter who was born in our country she came to Canada when she was 4 years old, Always we paid our taxes since 2001 and we had the residence in 2010. But they Only canceled two months September and October 2010. our friends tell us that they should have paid 11 months retroctivo. We can help on this topic.

166 Crystal

Hi,
I have lived with my mom until i was 15,moved to the u.s.a for 2 years and now has returned to canada.Can she reapply for the time I was here which is a year ago since I am 18 now.

167 Tara

Hi my question is that..
My son’s father and I moved in March 2009 .. i was pregnat at the momment. We had our son Aug 6 2009.. and recieved a letter from the goverment saying we’re living common-in-law because we share a child together in december 2009 we split up and i filed my taxes in 2010 as single and also sent in the fourm.. now canada revenue is holding my baby bonus since june 2010 because they said my common-in-law partner didn’t file his taxes .. but what i’m confused about is that i sent in my fourm and they also sent a questionarie for me to do i filled it to the best that i can sent it back and it still wasn’t good enough i am on gov assitance and i need my baby bounus also to make ends meet .. what is the next step i can take also my son’s father doesn’t want to help me out with the situation thank you!

168 Andrew

Hello,

Is there a refugee entitled for child benefit? if yes, how and for how much?

Many thanks forward for your time.

169 Ann

Hi,
I moved out of my parents home in Sept of 2011. I am 16 years old. I have moved out on my own, yet my parents are still collecting a baby bonus for me. Is there anyway I can recieve that money?
Thanks.

170 Traci

Ok my question is…I am now receiving benefits for my 15 year old daughter who is pregnant. When the baby is born will she receive the child’s benefits or will I?

171 William Peters

I have been living continuously outside of Canada since 2002.
I have never claimed my son or daughter since birth. We have not recived any money from Child Tax. Can I claim for my son and daughter and can I claim for back pay? Thank you.

172 Jeninne

Hello, I’m 15 and i don’t live at home anymore and my mom is still getting my child tax benefit, i was wondering since i don’t live with her, can they send me it? Or can she still legally get it?

173 Donna

wondering – my son shares equal custody of his son with his ex – 2 weeks each. But he has been refused child tax credit… not sure I understand the reasoning for this. His ex makes more money than he does!

174 Susan Madsen

I am recently under a random review for CCTB, for the years 2009-present I have provide them documentation, the one that seems to be problematic is the school I have the letter from them stating that the children are in my care and it gives them the current address where they live, I have also submitted the officall attendance records but I noticed on the attendance records it does have the contact information. My question is combined with the letter from the school along with the attendance records be adequate?

175 Kipislcauf

TO KRYSTAL,

How can you know if somebody tricked the government ( the system )?? What if they didn’t even TAKE the money while on vacation, what if they just left it and did not touch it, and what is it any of YOUR business??? Who are you to put your nose in other peoples lives without knowing all the information about those people. First clean your yard then look at other yards. No offence, but I don’t care if they took the child tax benefits for the 1 year vacation in my opinion, they came back to canada what is your problem? its a vacation??? This money is all from TAXES that they payed for and are getting back. Everybody pays taxes and I am glad that they still got their Child tax benefit and it is their problem where they will spend the money. I don’t know what is your problem!

176 seema

i gave birth to my son in dec2011.as per the cra asked us about our income as i came to canada july2009 as pr and my husband in nov2010.they asked about our income for 2009and two year before we paid tax .now they said we donot meet the requirement for uccb. can we claim this later on.as we both r pr holder.
and what can we get child credit benefits

177 estrella

i have one question i havent been recieving the full amount of child tax benifit for one year,, will i get the money back or no?

178 Melanie

Hey, I’ve just recently moved in with my older sister who is 28yrs old and i am 16. I am wondering how i would go about getting my baby bonus my parents when i lived with them never received one because of there income. I would like to know if my sister would have to go for legal guardianship of me then we can receive it or if i could just skip that hassle and just apply for it myself.

179 Dolaura

I recently changed my marital status, and because of that the Government said I had to send my husbands social and tax information in. If I am still eligible will i get back pay for the 2 months i havent been receiving it for?

180 Sam

how to stop the child benefits if i will leave Canada? do i need to pay back the child benefits from the day i leave Canada ?we are not Canadian citizens .

181 Chantel

hi, i am 16 and i moved out of my moms February 3rd for many reasons. I am not living with my dad either. I have been staying with my aunts bestfriend to finish off my school year, and i dont recieve any money at all. My mom, as far as i know is collecting baby bonus for me every month. & she shouldnt be. I was just wondering if there is any way, i could recieve it myself, or apply for it, or what i can do. Please e-mail me back, its important. Thank you.

182 summ

hi.. i want to ask dat my son born in march 2010 and we have applied for CCTB in Nov 2011 but now its april 2012 and we havnt get any mail or anything abt this.. how to know abt our application status? n from where we can enquiry abt it? or shuld we apply again.. sumtimes i feel may b they didnt get our mail or wat.. help!!

183 ashleigh

Hello
I am currently 17 years old, I moved out of my mothers house just over a year ago because of drugs and abuse. However she is still collecting child tax for me, monthly. When I called them they said I could not take myself off of it, that only she could. But she wont. Is there anyway I could get the child tax for myself, or at least get her to stop getting it for me. I could use the extra money, I live off of basically nothing as it is.

184 Dina

I am Canadian and got divorced on the Islamic way without my permission and my husband disappeared and does support his 3 year old girl. I had to live outside Canada cause when my daughter was born ( outside Canada) she had health problem and I found a job here. Are there any benefits I am elligeble for to help me raise the child.
Thanks

185 Heater

My son shares custody of his kids and is approved to receive 50% of CCTB. The family court judge has ordered him to pay what he receives from CCTB to his ex. How can we fight this – she makes twice as much as him and already receives what CCTB has granted he?

186 Fran

Hello,

Does anyone know where I can find information about the new Child Tax benefit legislation that states that if you do not apply for CCTB for 5 years for example, that you are no longer entitled to it and that Revenue Canada can then determine how many years of CCTB they will give you, say for example they can only give you up to 3 years if they like.

187 Aurora

Hi! we move to the USA 2007 question I have 2 kids they are both canadian they are with me are they still intitlle for the baby bonus of not ? and were thinking to go back to Canada how long before I can start getting it again thanks..

188 joey

Hi I need your help here please

My income tax return will be late this year for 2011. Can I still claim the child tax in july for 2010?

189 Kristle

in 2010 i was single, in 2011 i filed as common law with my now husband, there is no change in our income as we are on the same fixed income in 2011, can whatever he claimed in 2010 affect what i recieved in 2011 if we were not together in 2010??? the cctb has me under a review and i sent them everything stating he moved in may 2011,, please help ~

190 maiwish anam

hi

my question is my boy was born on
chrismice last did he get any prize from the government ?

191 Sheila

This is my question. About 9 – 10 years ago my now husband adopted my boys. My husband never really lived with us though. He did it more as a favour because my ex was extremely problematic. Because he never really lived with us, we claimed single on our tax returns. Never shared a bank account. While I have documentation to show that I’ve lived on my own (all utilities in my name, etc). Problem is he paid the rent for me.

His living situation was normally staying where he could – he never had any utilities hooked up under his name. He finally got tired of “wandering” and we got married this year. Then we told the government. Now we are under review for CCTB payments. This doesn’t bother me. What troubles me is how we explain this situation and back up the residency issue. He also would use my address for some mail – something I never did care for.

It does state that if we don’t fill out the letter and provide documentation/proof of residency, the will assume that we were married. If we let them do so, besides paying back tax credits, is there anything else the government could do to us?

192 muhammad tariq

My name is tariq .i got canadian citizen in 2004.From 2004 to now i am in pakistan and i have three kids born in 2007, 2011, 2012, My two kids have citizenship certificate ,while third one will be citizen next six to eight.I just want to ask that any kind child benefit or any other benefit from canadian governament i can avail while leaving in pakistan.I will very thank full to you if u will give me the response through my E-mail address mention above.

193 Krista

FOR THOSE OF YOU NOT LIVING IN CANADA

– Eligibility for CCTB

Child must be under 18 years of age.

Primary caregiver must be a Canadian resident. <—–THIS MEANS YOU MUST LIVE IN CANADA.

You must live with the child.

Family net income must be less than approximately $102,000.

194 Marion

I currently do not reside with my mother or father and havent been for about three years now and I’m currently 16 can i recive my own child tax benefits into my own bank account? or do i have to get it mailed to my care givers home?
thanks for the help!!

195 Need answers!

Hello I am 17 yers old and have just moved out of my parents house due to neglect I was wondering that since I am living on my own if I am entitled to my baby bonus. Considering that it never got spent of my needs anyways, is there anything that I can due to get it, as I need help living on my own.

196 melissa

Question, i recently just got custody of my grandson thru an FRA application, and applied for his child tax just recently. NOw my son and his girlfriend have never ever applied for his CTB payments, are they still entiltled to it? my grandson is now 3 yrs old and has been in MCFD’s care for about a yr or more. but from when he was born till the time the MCFD stepped in do they qualify for the backpay? or can i collect it myself?

197 Makayla

i want to know can i get child tax for my son but the thing is im 17 and i have no income. do i have to wait until im 18

198 Mukesh

Hi,
I was getting CCTB for my 2kids for a year and half (2009 -2010) after I was away from Canada. They stop paying in 2010 and later I got a letter from government to pay the money back for the eligible period (2008) and the bsence period too with penalties which is a huge amount.

Right now I am not in Canada and not in a position to pay that money. What are the options do I have ? Do I really owe that money ?

Kindly advice
Regards
Mukesh

199 wahid

Hello
I am going to leave Canada soon for 3 or more years But I have a rental home since long time ago besides the home that I live in , I will keep both homes..As my residence status as resident and keep applying annual tax regarding to my residential ties and other ties ( bank account, driving license, furniture , RESP and more )and , Am I supposed as a resident applying annual tax even though me and my family don’t live in Canada to keep CCTB that I receive long time ago OR NOT ?

200 wahid

Hello
I am going to leave Canada soon for 3 or more years But I have a rental home since long time ago besides the home that I live in, I will keep both ..If my residence status is resident for tax purpose and keep applying annual tax regarding to my residential ties and other ties ( bank account, driving license, furniture , RESP and more )and , Am I supposed as a resident applying annual tax even though me and my family don’t live in Canada to keep CCTB that I receive long time ago OR NOT

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