Applying for the CCB: A Guide to the Canada Child Benefit
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The Canada Child Benefit (CCB) is a monthly payment given to eligible families to support them in covering the expenses of raising children under 18 years old, and it is not taxed.
Important reminder: Starting from July 1, 2016, the CCB replaces the Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB), the National Child Benefit Supplement (NCBS), and the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB). If you were previously receiving CCTB or UCCB, you do not need to apply for the CCB.
To apply for the Canadian Child Benefit (CCB), you must complete the Canada Child Benefits Application (RC66) form.
If this is your first time applying, you may need to submit supporting documents such as evidence of your immigration status in Canada and proof of birth for:
- Children born outside of Canada
- Children born in Canada but are 1 year old or older
The CCB application form provides more details about acceptable proof. Remember to provide photocopies, not originals.
This process can be complex. If you require further information or assistance, reach out to the Canada Revenue Agency or a settlement agency. To find help in your area, visit Services Near Me and search for "settlement services" in your region.
Where should I send my application?
Once your CCB application is complete, mail it, along with any other required forms or documents, to a tax services office near your location.
What happens after I submit my application?
Within 80 calendar days of submitting your CCB application, you will receive a Canada Child Benefit Notice. This notice will inform you about the amount of benefit you are eligible for (if any) and how the benefit was calculated.
To continue receiving the CCB, both you and your spouse or common-law partner must file separate tax returns each year, even if you have no income to report.
How do I apply if I have a newborn in Ontario?
In Ontario, if you have a newborn, you can apply for all child benefits through ServiceOntario's 4-in-1 Newborn Bundle. This service will register you for any eligible child benefits, while also assisting with obtaining a birth certificate and Social Insurance Number (SIN) for your child.
For Further Details
- Child and Family Benefits - Comprehensive information about the Canada Child Benefit, including application and payment procedures. Provided by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
- Newcomers to Canada - A guide for first-time tax filers in Canada, helping determine tax residency, which is different from immigration residency. Provided by the CRA.
- Frequently Asked Questions about Individual Taxation - Answers and information about tax rates and filing your tax return. Provided by the CRA.
- General Income Tax and Benefit Package - A compilation of forms and information sheets required for filing your income tax return. Provided by the CRA.
- Discover Ontario's Tax Credits and Benefits - Explore a range of tax credits and benefits offered by Ontario to assist with your living expenses while completing your income tax return. From the Ministry of Finance.
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