Registering your child for the Canada Child Tax Benefit

The Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) is a tax-free monthly payment to eligible families for children under the age of 18. Benefit payments are paid over a 12-month period, from July to June, and begin the month after you become eligible. We recommend that you register your newborn as soon as possible after birth so that you don’t miss any CCTB monthly payments. If you adopted a child, register your child as soon as possible after he or she starts living with you. If you apply more than 11 months after the birth or adoption of your child or after you became eligible, your application is considered late and you may not get payments for the entire period requested. If your application is late, you must also provide certain documents in support of your application.

You can use one of the following ways to register for the CCTB:

The Automated Benefits Application is a partnership between the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and the Vital Statistics Agency for the participating province. You can use the ABA if you are the birth mother of a newborn, your child was born in a participating province, and you have not already applied for the CCTB using My Account or form RC66. Using the ABA, you can complete a birth registration form for your newborn and allow the Vital Statistics Agency to share information with the CRA. The CRA will use information on your birth registration form to determine your eligibility for the benefit.

Note: The CRA uses information from your income tax return to calculate your CCTB payments. To continue to get your CCTB, you (and your spouse or common-law partner) have to file your tax return on time each year. The CRA recalculates your CCTB payments in July based on your income tax return from the previous year.


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