Find out how much the Canada Child Benefit will help your family

Use our interactive tool to determine your monthly and annual child benefit payouts—and compare them to the cancelled benefits of years past.

Father cradling newborn baby in nursery. (Dann Tardif/Getty Images)

Father cradling newborn baby in nursery. (Dann Tardif/Getty Images)

If there’s one transformative policy in Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s first budget, it’s the new Canada Child Benefit. Liberals campaigned hard on an overhaul of the last government’s approach to helping parents with kids, and they’re calling their CCB “the most significant policy innovation in a generation,” and “a plan to help families more than any other social program since universal health care.”

Nine out of 10 families will, according to government calculations, get bigger monthly cheques than a suite of child benefits delivered to families during Stephen Harper’s time in office. The program, it’s claimed, will “lift hundreds of thousands of kids up from poverty.”

Putting aside the lofty rhetoric behind the Liberals sales pitch for the CCB, the real question facing Canadian families is: Are you better off? How does the new, non-taxable program stack up against the payouts from the former (and taxable) Universal Child Care Benefit and Canada Child Tax Benefit?

Use this calculator to determine an estimate of how much those defunct programs helped your family—and what you can expect the CCB to deposit in your bank account.


Find out how much the Canada Child Benefit will help your family

  1. So with two parents employed in decent middle class jobs, I get nothing, with one job a slight advantage and with 1 minimum wage job an extra $190 or so per child per month. I suppose well off middle classers are expected to cry foul – is this the injustice Rona Ambrose is so vocal about? Or is this supposed to divert our attention from rich tax evaders?

    • Under the previous plan, every parent received some money (back) to help defray some costs. Under the new plan, those being punished by the “wealth tax” will get nothing.

      If you voted LIberal, you can’t complain. (if you voted NDP, I’m sure you don’t understand what I’m writing about in any event…so no harm)

      • I think you mean the 10% don’t get the handout as they don’t need it!

  2. As usual, this calculator presents and incomplete financial picture. It does not take into effect the elimination of the Family Tax Cut by the Liberals. This allowed some couples to save up to the $2,000 a year at tax time. All this calculator does is compare the UCCB payments to the new CTB payments, but its not a complete financial picture of the changes.

  3. Hi JamesHalifax. So these children you describe, should they be starved so as to properly punish the mother whose behaviour you dislike? Myself, I view them as little humans who deserve a good start in life no matter what their mother did or did not do.

    Also, “multi-hued”? Can you explain why that is a problem?

    • by the way….

      Multi-hued isn’t a reflection on the kids. It is a reflection on the mother, who apparently will bed anyone who buys her a drink or burger.

  4. PM Buttercup just gave himself a $6000.00 raise. Keep paying your taxes folks.

    • Hair gel is expensive…….you can’t begrudge him that small amount.

    • After dismantling most of Harpo’s repressive legislation, Justin deserves a raise!

  5. This is one of the best ideas put into play in decades. There was far too much child poverty for a country with such vast wealth. (this was known for years and nothing was done) Harper’s Christmas in July taxable benefits scam was an insult to all Canadian parents. Thank God we have a human in power now.

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