Canada Child Benefit (CCB)

The Canada Child Benefit (CCB) is a tax-free monthly payment meant to help eligible families with the costs of raising children under the age of 18. Your CCB payment might also include child disability payments and any related provincial or territorial programs, depending on what your situation is.

To be eligible for CCB payments, you must meet all of the following conditions:

  • You must live with the child (who is under 18) and be primarily responsible for his or her care and upbringing
  • You must be a resident of Canada for tax purposes and
  • You or your spouse or common-law partner must be:
    • a Canadian citizen
    • a permanent resident
    • a protected person
    • a temporary resident who’s lived in Canada for the past 18 months, and who has a valid permit in the 19th month or
    • an Indian within the meaning of the Indian Act

Note: You can’t claim your CCB on your tax return. If you’re eligible for the CCB payments and have applied for them, you’ll automatically receive your monthly payments.