More money in the bank is coming to families who are eligible to receive the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) and have children below six years old. The federal government isn’t reneging its promise to provide the CCB young child supplement (CCBYCS). The first of three installment payments will begin on May 28, 2021.
The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, minister of National Revenue, and the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, minister of Families, Children, and Social Development, jointly announced the good news on May 12, 2021. The federal government in Canada is aware that young families need to cope with unpredictable expenses brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Families could receive up to $1,200 in support per child under the age of six in 2021. About 1.6 million Canadian families and nearly 2.1 million children under six could receive $1,200 (per child) CCBYCS. Parents can use the extra financial support to pay for healthy food, clothes, home activities, short-term child-care arrangements, and other child-related expenses.
Who can qualify?
To qualify for the 2021 CCBYCS, a family’s net income must be $120,000 or less. Each child under six will receive $300 per payment for a total of $1,200. On May 28, 2021, the first payments would be $600 ($300 x 2), representing the January and April 2021 installments.
The government will issue the last two payments of $300 each on July 30 and October 29, 2021. Families with net incomes of more than $120,000 will receive half, or $150 per payment for each child under six. The total CCBYCS per child should be $600.
Updated tax return is a must
Families eligible to receive the CCB don’t need to apply for the CCBYCS. However, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will only entertain families that have filed their 2019 and 2020 tax returns. The tax agency encourages non-filers to act soon to qualify for or reinstate their CCB and qualify for the CCBYCS, too. Remember, you must file your taxes for both years.
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Canadian families should file their tax returns so as not to miss out on the tax-free CCB payments. The benefits program is income-based, but it helps low- to middle-income families to cope with the cost of raising children under 18 years. The government released approximately $2 billion in CCB benefits representing the special one-time CCB top-up of $300 per child.