Newcomer / immigrant

New to Canada? Here are some important benefits you should know about. You may also be able to get other benefits depending on your situation. View the ‘Starting points’ menu to see what situations apply to you or answer the ‘Questionnaire’ to get personalized recommendations.


If you do not have legal status in Canada, or if you are a temporary resident, you should seek legal advice before applying to any benefits. If you get benefits that you aren’t eligible for, you might end up having to pay them back. You can find free legal services for people living on low incomes on the Government of Canada’s Legal Aid Program website. On it, there are links for programs in every province and territory.

Common newcomer / immigrant benefits


If you are raising a children under 18 years of age, this program can give you a tax-free monthly payment, per child.

Up to $6,833 per year, for each eligible child.

Tax filing required


This program provides income support and assistance for a range of immediate essential services for newcomers.

Dependent on your unique circumstances.

Tax filing not required