You may be able to get this benefit if you:
- You live with the child, and the child must be under 18 years of age.
- You are primarily responsible for the care and upbringing of the child.
- You are a resident of Canada for tax purposes.
- You OR your spouse or common-law partner are any of the following:
- A Canadian citizen.
- A permanent resident.
- A protected person.
- A temporary resident who has lived in Canada for the previous 18 months, and who has a valid permit in the 19th month.
- An Indian within the meaning of the Indian Act.
Proof of primary responsibility for the care and upbringing of the child
- a letter from the day care or school authorities indicating the child’s home address and contact information on file
- a letter from a social worker, physician, a band council, or a resettlement officer stating that they have personal knowledge that the child lived with you for the period you indicated
- a registration form or a receipt from an activity or club the child was enrolled in for the period you indicated
- a court order, decree, or separation agreement that explains the type of custody arrangement you have (for example, shared custody) and clearly shows the living arrangements for the child
- any other document showing that the child lived with you for the period you indicated
Social Insurance Number
- confirmation of SIN letter
- plastic SIN card (non-expired)
- driver’s license
- other government-issued photo ID, such as a non-driver photo ID (Saskatchewan), British Columbia Services Card, Ontario photo card, General identification card (Nunavut), Voluntary ID (PEI), etc.
Proof of legal status
A document showing citizenship or immigration status in Canada. For example:
- citizenship certificate
- confirmation document
- record of landing, confirmation of permanent residence;
- permanent resident card
- visitor record
- temporary resident permit
- study permit
- positive notice of decision
- verification of status document
- registration date with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
- foreign passport
Apply for the CCB
- Apply if you are the birth mother of a newborn:
- Apply if you are not a Canadian citizen:
- Complete Form RC66, Canada Child Benefits Application
- Complete Schedule RC66SCH, Status in Canada/Statement of Income
- Mail these, and any necessary documents to the tax centre indicated on the form
- Apply if you are a Canadian citizen using one of the following two ways:
- Login to My Account and click "Apply for child benefits" OR
- Mail Form RC66, Canada Child Benefits Application and any necessary documents to the tax centre indicated on the form.
- Apply as soon as:
- Your child is born.
- A child starts to live with you.
- You or your spouse/common-law partner meet the eligibility conditions.
- If you and your spouse/common-law partner were residents of Canada for any part of 2019, you must both file up-to-date tax returns before the CCB can be calculated.
- Both of you must file your tax returns every year, even if you do not have income to report.
- If you do not file your taxes on time, your CCB will stop in August.
- After your application is processed, you will get a CCB notice which will tell you how much money you will get.
- You will usually receive the CCB one month after you become eligible.
- Generally, you will be paid on the 20th of each month.
- You can get the benefit deposited directly into your bank account. To get help setting up direct deposit, call Canada Revenue Agency at 1-800-959-8281
- If you don't get paid on the 20th, wait five working days before calling 1-800-387-1193