Helping hard-working middle-class families provide the best start in life for their children is a top priority for the Government of Canada. That is why three years ago the Government launched the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) to help families with the high cost of raising kids
In July 2018, the CCB was increased to keep up with the cost of living. This change came two years ahead of schedule to give parents even more money each month to help them provide for their children. The CCB—which is targeted to middle-class families and those working hard to join the middle class—is simpler, tax‑free and provides more money to 9 out of 10 families than previous child benefit programs.
Today, Sean Casey, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced that starting on July 20, 2019, the CCB will be raised once again to keep up with the cost of living. This means that for the 2019–20 benefit year, the maximum benefit will be $6,639 per child under age 6 and $5,602 per child aged 6 through 17.
As an example, a single parent with two children under the age of 6 and an income of $30,000 will receive an additional $286 for the upcoming benefit year to keep up with the cost of raising their children. This means up to $13,278 in support every year.
Thanks to the CCB, 9 out of 10 Canadian families have more money to help pay for things like healthy food, sports programs and music lessons. Increasing the CCB will ensure that it continues to play a vital role in supporting families.
“The Canada Child Benefit has helped millions of middle-class Canadian families since its creation in 2016. Today’s announcement means more money in the pockets of Canadians—up to $143 more than last year. Increasing the CCB once again demonstrates our government’s commitment to ensuring that this tax-free benefit continues to help the middle class and those who are working hard to join it.”
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
“The Canada Child Benefit provides over $22 million dollars tax free each year to families living in Charlottetown. Whether it’s used to pay for summer camps, helps put groceries on the kitchen table, or to buy a warm coat in the winter, the Canada Child Benefit helps parents with the high costs of raising their kids.”
– Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown
- Across Canada, CCB payments worth $23.7 billion benefit nearly 3.7 million Canadian families.
- Thanks to the CCB, 9 out of 10 Canadian families have more money to help pay for things like healthy food, sports programs and music lessons.
- The CCB has had a positive impact on families’ incomes, playing a key role in reducing child poverty. There were 278,000 fewer children living in poverty in 2017 than there were in 2015.
- The Canada Child Benefit and new initiatives like the Canada Workers Benefit and the Canada Housing Benefit will continue to help the middle class and grow the economy by putting money in the pockets of Canadians.
- The CCB has been recognized by the International Monetary Fund, the Bank of Canada and other experts as a key contributor to helping strengthen Canada’s middle class.
- A single-parent family with one child aged under the age of 6 and earning $25,000 will receive an additional $143 for the upcoming benefit year. This represents an increase of almost $12 per month.
- A two-parent family with two children aged 4 and 9 and earning $55,000 will receive an additional $354 for the upcoming benefit year. This represents an increase of over $30 per month.
- A two-parent family with two children under the age of 6 and earning $90,000 will receive an additional $263 for the upcoming benefit year. This represents an increase of $22 per month.
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