Alberta Child and family Benefit

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The Alberta Child and Family Benefit (ACFB) provides direct financial assistance to lower and middle-income families with children under 18.

The amount you receive through this benefit will depend on your family’s income level and how many children you have. The ACFB includes a base component and a working component. The base component is available to lower-income families with children, whether or not they earn any employment income. The working component is available to families with an employment income above $2,760, with the amount received growing at a rate of 15% for every additional dollar of income earned over this threshold, until the maximum benefit is reached. The maximum you can receive for one child is approximately $2,011 ($1,330 for the base component and $681 for the working component) and up to $5,120 ($3,325 for base component and $1,795 for working components) for 4 or more children. Visit this page for more information, including a benefit calculator to find out how much you may receive.

Please note: ACFB payments are not taxable. If you receive Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH), Income Support or the Alberta childcare subsidy, you are still eligible to receive the ACFB. Receiving the ACFB will not affect your eligibility for these programs.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a parent of one or more children under 18.
  • Be a resident of Alberta.
  • File a tax return.
  • Meet the income criteria (see more here).

You are automatically considered for the ACFB when you file your annual tax return and qualify for the federal government’s Canada Child Benefit. No further action should be needed.

However, if you need to, you can apply here for the Canada Child Benefit.

Last updated: April 8, 2021