Universal Child Care Benefits
The Universal Child Care Benefits (UCCB) was introduced back in 2006 as a taxable benefit for Canadian families. This benefit is different from the Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB). The UCCB was $100 per month per child under the age of six. The government enhanced this benefit in 2015 by increasing the amount to $160 per child under the age of six. Also the government expanded the benefit to include $60 per month for children aged six through 17.
UCCB payments are taxable. At the end of the year the government issues RC62 slips which outlines the total benefit paid out and has to be included into your income.
Who qualifies for UCCB?
To receive the UCCB benefit you have to meet the following four conditions:
- You have to live with the child and the child has to be under the age of 18
- You must be the person who is primarily responsible for the child’s care and upbringing
- You must be a resident of Canada
When to apply for UCCB benefits?
It is critical to apply for UCCB benefits as soon after one of the following takes place:
- your child is born
- a child stats to live with you
- or you become a resident of Canada
How to calculate UCCB amount for 2015-2016?
- $160 per month for each child under the age of six
- $60 per month for each child aged 6 through 17
Explnation of how the UCCB has changed over the last year: