Universal Child Care Benefit: An Update

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The proposed changes to the Universal Child Care Benefit are currently unrolling and now is the time to make sure that you will receive it in July if you are eligible. You may have received a letter in the mail recently or will be receiving one this week which will be seeking to confirm the names and birth dates of the children under the age of eighteen that you have living with you in your care.

IF YOU RECEIVE A LETTER: look closely to be sure that all of your children from birth to 17 years of age are listed. If the information is correct, you do not need to do anything.

If the information is incorrect, you need to respond in writing as soon as possible with the correct information.

If the information is not complete (e.g. a child is missing) you will need to apply for that child. You can do this online at www.cra-arc.gc.ca/myaccount

IF YOU DID NOT RECEIVE A LETTER: you may need to apply for UCCB or update your information.

  • If you currently only have children under the age of 6 and you are currently receiving UCCB monthly for all of your children, you do not need to do anything
  • If you currently only have children under the age of 6 and you have never applied for UCCB or CCTB, you will need to apply for it now in order to receive the increase
  • If you currently have children who are ages 6 to 15 for whom you have previously received the UCCB for, you do not need to do anything
  • If you currently have children who are over the age of 14 who have never received UCCB OR CCTB, you will need to apply for it now in order to receive the enhanced benefit
  • If you currently have children who are over the age of 14 who have never received UCCB, but for whom you receive CCTB, you do not need to do anything
  • If your situation has changed and you now have new children over the age of 6 that are in your care or no longer in your care (e.g. through marriage, divorce or adoption) you will need to update your information with the CRA

For more information on who will need to apply and how to apply, see HERE.

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE

In July 2015, the Universal Child Care Benefit will increase by $60/month for all children ages birth to their 18th birthday. You will receive a retroactive payment for January to June of 2015, plus the payment for July 2015.

Children 0 to 5: 6 x $60 = $360 + $160 = $520

Children 6 to 17: 6 x $60 = $360 + $60 = $420

From August 2015 forward, you will receive:

$160 per month for children from birth to their 6th birthday month.

$60 per month for children from 6 years old to their 18th birthday month.

 

 

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151 thoughts on “Universal Child Care Benefit: An Update

  1. deborah says:

    I have never received any uccb for any of my children. But right now i only have one child under 18. How do i go about getting this and the retro for my child.

    • susan says:

      Previously this was only for kid until age 6 and was only implemented in approximately 2004. So if your child was over the age of 6 in 2004 they would not have been eligible

  2. Chantele says:

    My question is, how is $160 a month for a child under six supposed to cover daycare needed for that child. Childcare is way more expensive than $160/month.

      • Kristin says:

        I think the changes are wonderful and will certainly help with childcare expenses, My only question, if this is intended to help the cost of childcare, then why do people who aren’t working receiving it? seems the government could save a lot of $$ if they only gave it to those who use it as intended.

        • Joelle says:

          I am a work at home mom who uses that money to subsidize my child going to preschool. Should I not be receiving it? What about the stay at home mom who uses it to put her child in an activity so she can have a few moments to herself, should she not receive it? Child care doesn’t only mean daycare.

          • L says:

            I wholeheartedly agree with you that all families should get this. I couldn’t afford to work and put two kids in daycare. My family would have benefitted greatly from this.

          • Dave says:

            So my taxes should help you pay for your kids. How about people don’t have kids they can’t afford, and leave my tax dollars in my pocket

        • S says:

          The whole purpose of the UCCB is to benefit families regardless of income… It is suppose to offer “choice in childcare” as opposed to a universal childcare service that would only benefits working parents (for working parents, we would benefit much more from a universal system rather than the UCCB)… But the goal is to give people the option. You can use it to pay for childcare, or you can put it towards something else…

          The importance change with this benefit to other child benefits is that this one is Universal.. It recognizes the income gaps between families with young children versus those without children. . It also puts a value to raising children (its still minimal but its a start), which is an enormous function of our society that is actually becoming more and more devalued in our current society that focuses on individual success…
          There are a lot of perspectives written on this benefit from various sources… For me, it has both pros and cons.. Logically, I know that I would get more back from a universal system by not having to pay as much upfront for daycare… But at the same time, the monthly payment is a nice way to contribute to my child’s education fund…

        • Kathleen says:

          Because we stay at home moms are providing the child care ourselves on a very low income, because we believe in raising our children as apposed to sending them off to a child care facility for 8 to 10 hours a day.

          We also believe in providing as much for our children as we can such as extra curricular activities, camps or maybe to help pay medical bills or new clothes when needed….

          Such an ignorant comment ….

          • Dave says:

            So get a better job where you can afford these things. It’s not my responsibility to pay for your children

        • danielle says:

          well sorry u don’t think people that don’t work need it… I cant work and I still need to feed, put clothes on my kids and a roof over there head… I think that was mean comment

          • Kathleen says:

            I was replying to Kristin … top of page … who is wondering why the parents who raise their children from home are receiving it ?

            I believe EVERYONE should receive it.

          • Dave says:

            Well I think if you can’t work, you shouldn’t be putting the burden of paying for your children on the rest of the country. If you can’t afford children, don’t have them, simple as that

    • Doris says:

      Lol you realize you still get the regular amount for your child right ? This is just extra on top of the child care benifit. And it’s not meant to pay your entire daycare. If your a single mom working, apply for subsidy.

    • patty says:

      You seriously ask a question like that? I had to children and had to stay home because daycare was too expensive. Meanwhile my husband worked all the overtime he could get, then the government proceeded to take more than half the amount. We didn’t get all the benefits that you receive, now -a-days, and since we were married, we as a family were further penalize for it, so be thankful for what you get.

      • C. says:

        I agree…we got no help from the government at all!!!

        Its ridiculous how much money is wasted on the “baby bonus” and all the other benefits handed out in this country!

        • SC says:

          I think there are worse places where the government is wasting money that what you call “wasted baby bonus”. Would you rather see these families on Social Assistance than having them work and get a little subsidy that doesn’t even cover a week’s worth of daycare costs?

      • John says:

        So you don’t want your children to have it easier. I pay over $2000 a month so it is not much of a child care plan. I think I will be changing stripes and voting NDP this time

    • Independent says:

      Don’t have children unless you can afford childcare. I have never received any government subsidies or support for any of my four children (and I was a single mother for some time). I put myself through school and supported my family. It is NOT my responsibility to subsidize YOUR children.

      • Mary says:

        Actually, you’re not subsidizing my children. Me raising children subsidizes your economy over $400 000 above and beyond whatever child care benefits, health care, schooling, whatever the government paid. You’re welcome.
        Besides, universal child care is good for the economy. Economists say the #1 thing that can be done for the economy is to get more women in the workplace. So if you want a more prosperous country, you should support universal child care, so that women like Patty aren’t sitting at home.

      • Aly says:

        you’re a fucking ignorant piece of shit. just because one might be financially struggling doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have a child. not everyone plans to get pregnant and they make due with what they have and what they’re given. what else are they supposed to do ? accidents happen. not gonna get an abortion or give their baby up for adoption just because daycare is expensive. get out of here.

          • Darcy says:

            I’m a seasonal working mother and I’m stuck at home 24/7 with my damn kids it’s hard being a fucking mother. yes I work but come the fuck on! you don’t have to be so fucking rude to the ones who can’t find work! jobs are hard to come by for fuck sakes. I faught tooth and nail to get the job I have! min wage hardly covers bills! let alone rent, and food! my checks are 300$ and the don’t even cover power. so get off your fucking high horse and fuck off! you over privileged snot

      • Sara says:

        “Don’t have children unless you can afford them?” That’s a very broad and rude statement considering my son was only 4 days old when his father died, there was NOTHING I could do; I was forced to quit my job because daycare nor a babysitter would even think twice about refusing to care for him because he was just too small. But thank god now that my son is old enough subsidy and welfare has been a great help, I’m finishing my year as a PSW student and will be working full-time. Without that help, my son and I would be living on the streets.. Re-think about what you’re gonna say before you say it. Thanks :)

      • Tom says:

        To the comment “it is NOT my responsibility to subsidize YOUR children” left by “Independent”
        You are just another classic example of why society is so bloody messed up!! You actually think you deserve some sort of medal for raising your children without assistance? Give your head a shake. You have in NO way helped anyone else with subsidies for their children! You are obviously just a *look at me, look at me!! * type of woman who seriously needs to remove her head from her ass!!!
        I run a small contracting business. I make a fair amount annually that is taxed far too much in my opinion. My wife and I have ten children and receive a rather large “baby bonus”. Because the government literally robs me each and every tax season……… I’m not complaining about receiving a large amount from them each month. They tax me enough as it is so I don’t think I’ll feel the “extra income tax” either.
        I will accept and appreciate any amount the government hands out. It’s all ours anyway! We get taxed on receipt of money that we worked hard for, and then we get heavily taxed on spending the already taxed money! Tax tax tax

        • This is Me, Dani says:

          Tom, I really appreciate your comment. Now my 25 cents on this whole topic. I really loved how everyone though being married gave you tax breaks. I my God what a load of Donkey Doo. When I was single I always go a LARGE tax return. When I got married both my husband and I got hooped by the government and for some reason had to pay them back for child tax benefits for two years. Then My husband made too much money, so we only received 25% of our childtax. We also made too much money combined to qualify for Child Care Subsidy, so it was pointless for me to work because my whole paycheck went to childcare. Why am I going to work 40-50 hours a week to pay someone else to raise my children, if it’s not going to get us anywhere? Now that I’m a single mother, I appreciate every dollar the government is willing to give me and I don’t give a crap what anyone thinks about me receiving it. I’ve worked since I was 14. Now I happily stay home with my children and raise them Myself. It’s whats best for them anyways. WE ALL PAY TAXES, No one is exempt from that. If a person wants to choose not to receive any of the benefits that are there for them to use, well, in my opinion, they are Madder than a Hatter. Considering they are paying taxes themselves would literally be getting back those taxes they fork out from their paychecks. If a person doesn’t want to accept the benefits they should be flipping their big lips about it. Because its there for them to. They are just being self righteous and full of pride in not accepting them. Their arrogance doesn’t make them better than the rest of us, it only makes them ignorant.

          • Dave says:

            You pay a minute portion of what you receive. The rest of us are topping up your cctb thanks. Think before you write.

        • Kara says:

          Tom your a fucken idiot!!! Maybe if you were a woman having kids you will understand but yournot!!! Your probably just sum lame ass guy that sits on his ass and plays video games all day and bashes ppl because you have nothing better to do! So why don’t you go fuck yourself! :)

      • Jay says:

        I smoke. it’s not my job to pay for your free health care. I’m a single dad to two, 4&15. because of issues with one of my children, I can’t work. Dont you think for a moment I wouldn’t want to work? You are a Canadian. I am a Canadian. we both pay taxes. so why shouldn’t your tax dollars help another citizen in need? would you rather it went to some foreign country or to help people that are not Canadian?

    • Sindy says:

      i agree with Alice. It suppose to “help “with the cost of day care. Not “pay” for daycare. Otherwise people will having kids left and right and send them to daycare to have someone else take care of them. My advise to you is to get “a job” and cover the rest of child care cost.

    • Bonnie says:

      This is a “child care” benefit to help you with every day items like groceries and clothing, etc. It is not meant to cover your daycare costs. When my kids were small, we got $50.00 a month for each.

    • Lisa says:

      If you are low income you also see gst credits, Alberta also sees an additional provincial child tax benefit, and child care is subsidized for lower incomes. It’s only us middle class and higher people that complain about only getting 160/month for our kids.. lol.

    • Randy says:

      It was meant to buy votes, and distract voters from the real childcare issues of the time, not cover childcare. It seems like it worked.

    • Di says:

      It isn’t meant to cover child care it is meant to help but really everyone knows this is just an election ploy to buy votes. The money came from the EI reserve to balance the budget so this wasn’t sustainable when he implemented it. Most don’t ask the question where is this money coming from until they need the money and it won’t be there. Enjoy the money but think carefully about why he waited until now to give it out.

      • This is Me, Dani says:

        Honestly I would rather receive it now. Every time I have tried to collect EI, of which I paid into for years, they would make me fight tooth and nail for it. Which is bullshit because I paid into it.

    • Lacey says:

      its an increase of 160 ontop of what you were already getting. It isn’t meant to pay for childcare but to help with child care

  3. alice says:

    I find it strange that they think it cost more to raise a child under 6 then it does for an older child… when my son was under 6 years old It cost half as much to dress and feed him ….

    • Justme says:

      It’s not that it cost more to RAISE a child under 6… it’s that it costs more for childcare for children under 6 because they are not in school…

      • Rebecca says:

        Exactly. Before the subsidy kicked in last week, I was paying 4 times the amount for my 3 year old to be in child care than I was for my 7 year old’s after school care. Was eating up my entire paycheck.

    • Andra says:

      Child care costs go way down for children over 6 who have started school full time. Because it is a child care benefit they reduce the amount knowing the government pays for care at school all day. Don’t think of it as your child getting less (they infact start costing the government much more after the age of 6) think of the extra $100 being reallocated to school fees for your child.

      • Hey her says:

        Thank god, I’m a single mom trying to make ends meet some days, and I thought my child tax “baby bonus” was going to be cut. And to the bag who says if you can’t afford a kid do t have one, there are some moms who get kicked to the curb when they get pregnant, and want to do the honorable thing and face their problem head on, much like what happened to me. I was adopted and didn’t want my kid living through the hell I did. We may have trouble makin g some ends meet, but I still provide for my daughter, she still gets food to eat, and clothes to wear, and we have wonderful families that don’t mind giving us hand-me downs. We are grateful for what we have and how hard I have to work to provide for her, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

        • Mommietwo says:

          I would like to say I understand you Hun…… Single mother of two, I work my ass off and I can’t get anywhere….. This will help…..

      • JustAGirl says:

        It’s actually called the CCTB (Canadian Child Tax Benefit aka “baby bonus”) the CTC (Child Tax Credit) is a tax credit on your income tax (whis is about #325 per kid) and it is being removed.

  4. mike says:

    Why bitch about it for people who did nt get it before take the 60 and be happy and lucky were getting that from the governmen

  5. kristen says:

    I’m happy about it but the one negative thing is just another numbet to add as your income for tax time. So its makes your income more for them to tax.

    • Marie says:

      I agree last year we could claim 2000. 00 per child on your taxes next year you can’t so it is just another government scam to get more of your money!!!

      • Misty says:

        Also need to mention. Per pay you were able to have less taxes deducted. Now that doesnt happen. Since the change my husband is taxed more. And ultimately we have lost more money

      • Shannon says:

        Government is NOT meant to take care of our kids. I consider this to be a huge blessing and am thankful for this.

  6. Venesa says:

    Is this based on income because I was told that I don’t qualify and the government wants me to pay them back the money they said I shouldn’t have received! What a joke

  7. Amber says:

    I don’t like that they have upped this! One, It is taxable income meaning we are now more taxable than before because of money I didn’t ask for. Two, why do kids who are old enough to watch themselves or babysit other for that matter getting money for childcare??? It’s ridiculous! Three, if you are not working why are you getting this money?? The whole thing annoys me. Oh and the government is also nice enough to say hey guess what? You are no longer allowed to claim your children on your taxes!!! Geee thanks a**holes!

    • Casey says:

      It is not meant to cover day care, it is meant to pay for things to care for a child. This includes diapers, clothes etc.

      People who don’t work (including me) receive this money as they have to buy things for their children too.

  8. John says:

    The NDP will keep the UCCB intact and still fund $15 a day universal child care. win win. Something to think about…

    • Ann says:

      If this does happen then less and less in home daycare facilities will be around to take care of your children. Everything will have to be subsidized in order for the child care provider to make any money, which they hardly do at the current rates. I know I’ll close my doors if I’m only allowed to charge 15 per child. That would run me into the ground. Another thing to think about

      • Bree says:

        I agree, what quality of child care can $15 a day provide. I love children but I can’t afford to live off that wage. Snack and 2 meals have to come out of that as well.

        • John says:

          There not paying you to look after your own kids If you need to be paid to look after your own kids you don’t deserve kids. It is to help!! you with your monthly bills not to pay fore your child raising expense’s The word here is “help” so that would mean you add $45 more dollars with would be $60.00 per kid do you get the concept now? That 15 dollars is to be put with your money to help pay for the children’s needs. The Government didn’t say they are going to pay the entire bill.

          • Casey says:

            John what are you talking about? She must provide child care, and is saying she can’t afford to take care of other peoples kids for only $15/day

      • Michelle says:

        The government pays the rest…thats how it works in quebec…the parents pay 7 bucks a day and then the government pays the rest…so you still get 30 per child per day…and if you babysit after normal hours you get more money

      • jen says:

        I think its for licensed child care centres. Parents would pay 15 but the government would pay the rest directly to the daycares.. . like how they give wage subsidies for child care workers /ece. I’m an ece and this is how it works.

      • Marcia says:

        If it ends up being $15 a day the givernment will pay u the remsinder of the cost. The same as subsidy. They cant say how much you charge for child care.

      • Anon says:

        Agree if I have to cut my rates to $15 without being subsidized the difference I’ll close. I operated at a loss last year at $45 per child per day. I couldn’t afford to stay open :-(

        • Lisa says:

          If youre operating at 990$/month per head and losing money then I think you’re doing something wrong, lol. Are you taking them out for lunch every day??

  9. Amy says:

    I’m not really a fan of much of the new changes at all. They make it sound like an extra $60/month/child is so helpful but we lose the $2000ish tax break per child for the year. Yeah they upped the child care claims and sports but this has a big negative to those of us that find a way to be a double income family but still make sure one parent is home at all times!

  10. justanotherperson says:

    If yas don’t want it…………give it to me I can put it to good use………and as far as childcare expenses go….Why does the kid have to be put in the most expensive place there is………..they still come out as a kid even at a cheap place

    • jen says:

      Have you ever tried to find child care? There are years long waiting lists at all daycares. So when you find a space for your child you pay what your asked to pay. Its not cheap.

    • Anon says:

      I put my children in a “cheap” place at $1000.00 per month compared to the $1800.00 other places wanted. Pulled them out after 2 weeks a lost $500.00 of the money I paid. It was horrible and my poor kids were terrified. You get what ya pay for. When it comes to your baby’s don’t cheap out.

  11. Sarah D says:

    The CRA site I went too said…. “If you are currently receiving the UCCB or the Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) in respect of your child, you do not have to apply for the increased UCCB. The increase will be applied automatically”. Is this true?

  12. John says:

    To all those people complaining that it’s not enough Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth People that have kids and don’t have kids are paying for this bonus to look after your kids for you and you do nothing but complain that it is not enough. you should be ashamed of your selves. This money comes from everyone taxes which means the taxes will rise. When I was a little boy my parents did get a pecker cheque of a total of $5.00 so all the food and clothes came right out of my dads $75.00 pay check because that was the 5 dollar cost of a case of baby milk we didn’t have through away diapers you washed them out and reused them. So you people are hard done by if you have to work for your children’s keep If you can’t support your kids that might say you should not have had them. What would you do if you lived in Russia, Brazil or Africa? Do you really think the Government is going to send you a check to look after your kids? Give your head a shake. Canada is in for a rude awakening with all these people that think money grows on trees. The teachers unions want more money for the teachers and them selves!!! so up goes the taxes and everyone that feeds those teachers and unions it is a big circle and everyone want wants wants and it is going to end with no one getting anymore because these handouts aren’t free some one is going to pay.

    • Miranda says:

      This hardly had anything to do with teachers. Perhaps before griping about teachers, try being one. It’s really easy to whine and complain when you have no idea! Everyone is an expert because they went to school. Give your head a shake and fully educate yourself before harping on teachers in a forum that has nothing to do with them.

  13. mindy says:

    just remember you have to claim this on your taxes every year! so it’s all smoke and mirrors… yes your getting the money now but you will have to pay for it later :s … vote for 15$ daycare that would be more beneficial and before someone says subsidized daycare. not everyone qualifies for it… most people don’t actually… just something to think about

  14. mark says:

    The enhanced uccb actually replaces the existing child tax,
    Essentially the single parent depending on this income will now be receiving less

    • N says:

      It doesn’t, actually. You will get the taxable UCCB (at he increase) and if you financially qualify, you will also get the CTB…possibly the OTB as well. If you don’t want the UCCB, you can also opt out of it.

  15. Sarah says:

    So I’m wondering. Will this back pay be added on to our monthly child tax in July. (Will I get my usual payment and this back pay on top of July’s child tax?)

    • Tiff says:

      You will get one lump sum payment next month with all the retropay, plus the increase. Then August onwards it will be the increase.

  16. Allie says:

    Excuse me this isn’t just to cover your daycare people, so the person whose comment was why should older kids get it is dilussional, its a universal tax credit not a daycare benefit. And be lucky if you qualify , not everyone does. Your arguing and bitchy about receiving more money??? Maybe there should be none?

  17. Chad says:

    Anyone with children over 6 just got a benefit reduction. The $720 is taxable, yet they have taken away the 2k refundable tax credit.

  18. karen says:

    UCCB Universal Child Care Benefit, is provided to us for the CARE of our children.. NOT THE DAY CARE OF OUR CHILDREN, the overall care of our children.

  19. ross day says:

    do yourself a favor and look at all the other things these conservatives are doing…like spying on you.get the facts..dont let them buy you with your own money

    • lee says:

      all u would have to do is call the gst/ hst toll free number and talk to someone there.. not sure if they take your info right there or they send u out the forms to be filled out and sent back to them to make the changes..

    • missy says:

      Hello. U can get a direct deposite form from your bank or if u go to the web site…maybe able to print a form off there n can fax or mail usually. Gst and child tax are pretty much the same….so if u change info for one it automatically changes for the other.

  20. Amanda says:

    Quote taken directly from CRA’s website:
    The proposed changes to enhance the Universal child care benefit will not replace the CCTB that you currently receive.

  21. Jeannette says:

    The idea of these programs is NOT to cover your childcare expenses, they are merely to lighten the load, so to speak. It is not the governments job to provide for your children, it’s your job. There are a lot more “bonuses and credits” now, then there ever were. Be thankful you get anything and put it to good use. I stayed home with my kids when they were young, then when I was working, I paid for my own childcare as there were no handouts. Having children is the responsibility of the parents. If you are a single parent, the other parent should still be helping with finances and rearing of the kids. I realize this doesn’t always happen, but the government didn’t make you have children, you chose to…

  22. Heather says:

    The UCCB is meant to help with caring for your child whether it be groceries, clothing, medical, or daycare. It is intended to be used for your children for whatever they may need, not just daycare. “Universal” child care benefit.

  23. Me says:

    are you serious, complain about more money…. why dont most of you who receive this get off your ass and get a real job… i never received this for my children. no wonder there are so many young parents on welfare. the government just gives it to them , makes it easier for them not to work or get off welfare..2 kids get you $1000, i work my ass of for $1000. oh and yu get to sleep all day cause your gunna get welfare at the end of the month.. oh and again i work my ass off some more to pay my bills.. Pay your own daycare, you have kids, pay for them, why should i work my ass off monthly so you can sit at home and sleep all day and still receive a cheque,,, if i take a day off i dont get paid,, but you do…. |Again. why do ppl on welfare get tax refunds.. rant over..

    • Unknown says:

      Yeah people can get jobs. Problem is these huge corporations pay crap to the people working for them. So a person gets a job for min wage ( companies are cheap want profits.) , the single mom out there takes care of their children, they deserve this benifi, just as every family should get this. We as canadian citizens get tax out of our asses. Where our tax money go to? To pay the government. Also some single parents don’t get help from the other person at all. So yes this helps out a lot. Maybe if our evil corporations paid more to people( instead of the greedy shareholders getting the huge profits) our society would be better

  24. kristy says:

    be thankfull your gettin the help at all. its the working class sitisens who get to work hard to put food on the table to turn around and give this money to the goverment from theirnpay cheques evey week weither they have children or chose to or not. not everyone chooses to hsvr children tho we still have to pay for others tonraise theirs. yes i agree some may need it but its no different that the people abuding ontario works or disability not everyone needs it but sur as hell id getting it. if it wasnt given to everyone strigt acrossed the board then there would be enoug to go around for those who actually need it without robbing money from our pay cheques each week in the drastic msnner it is. lost all faith in goverment wait have to have faith in them to lose it….

  25. Hether says:

    Ya’ll need to stop bitching about single moms and such. I’m a single mom, and raising my child on my own, and providing for her, yes sometimes we have trouble making ends meet, but we just go without some things for bit. Shelter, food, and clothes are my top priority. I’m beyond grateful for the increase, but honestly, I was never expecting it. It’s my job to provide for my kid, and that little bonus just makes sure we can do something fun once in awhile

  26. Rob says:

    Something has to change with this system. A non custodial parent who pays the guideline amount plus the difference at the end of the year for any ot extra + childcare expenses etc. should be entitled to tax credits as well. Custodial parents recieve the income tax free and are still entitled to apply for reduced “single” parent rates for daycare etc. There needs to be changes to both the tax credit programs and family law. If both parents are paying they should be entitled to the tax credits.

  27. Because says:

    for those complaining about claiming it on taxes, maybe you should take a look at some of the other tax benefits that were implemented that you can claim including the increase of the amount for the kids activity tax….I’m sorry, but the fact that they have put this into place is a benefit, I missed having the child care benefit when my child turned 6 especially as it was originally supposed to go to 7….every bit helps when it comes to daycare costs….or trying to put them into organized sports….and they did have this when I was child but it was based on income and it was minimal “baby bonus”…two working parents have a hard enough time trying to support kids – and don’t tell me not to have them – we are responsible adults who have jobs and look after our bills but if you want to make the big money you can not stay in a small city and therefore your care and expenses go up, it’s a vicious cycle….as for the subsidy, private daycare providers are entitled, not just licenced, they need to claim the income on their taxes and give proper receipts…some of you need to do your homework before you open your mouth to complain…

  28. A. Carmichael says:

    Younger people are so ungrateful these days and have a weird sense of entitlement?
    I’ve worked 2 some tymes 3 jobs to raise mine and hate when people complain when they receive a free handout not afforded in most other countries or even alot of our own provinces…
    I work hard for my money and don’t mind as many that we are taxed even more just for tha purposes of social programs, to give a hand to people in tha name of humanity to make it a lil easier for them.
    But to then complain about a raise in their benefits like it is owed to them is jus wrong… they need to remember I am working my a** off so they can have a portion of MY check…
    This discussion reminds me of one I had with my own mother, she was on disability all her life and every year she would complain about tha $9 or $12 raise she got on her check each year… It always erked me because of her lack of gratitude she even lived in tha greatest country in tha world where tha citizens decided long ago to give up some of their income to pay for social programs… one year after hearing this for years I layer it out for her and made her realize that every working person in Ontario pays for her to live and she shouldn’t complain when she did nothing ever to contribute or earn tha money she gets…
    I just wish people would understand that we are fortunate to live in a country that has social programs and what they receive is a blessing to give them a hand up not to totally support them…
    I see a lot of younger people these days instead of trying to have tha world and bettering themselves perfectly content with living off tha system?

    Social programs are a hand up not a lifestyle…

  29. Deeo says:

    I’m just sick of losing $800.00 a week in deductions between my husband and I to pay for people who are capable of getting off their asses but instead play the system.

    • ladyjo says:

      Do you actually know anyone on welfare or odsp? It is not a great life, living constantly on the edge of poverty. Your taxes go to so much more than these social programs; infrastructure, Healthcare, pay for public employees. We are lucky to live in such a wonderful country! And you should really take a look at this benefit, the conservative party is not known for their liberal social spending; maybe just an election ploy? My family is in the perfect situation to gain the most benefit from most of the new family credits/benefits: single high earner, several young children cared for by at home parent, and we appreciated every dollar we get, while it lasts.

  30. Deeo says:

    Yes , I do know people on odsp. People that play it well and even get free rides to and from doctors appointments etc. Free dental care etc. I am okay with people on welfare (temp) only and I am okay with people on odsp that actually need to be. Not those that played the right cards to get it and are capable of working. But this is about the child care benefit ,so I’ll end it here.

  31. Deeo says:

    Forgot to mention those on assistance get more childcare benefits than the working people. But it is what it is, I guess.

  32. Lori says:

    This is being put in place because they are taking the ‘child tax’ portion away from income tax returns . So.. yea.. i remember when they first started talking about this and everyone thought they ment they were taking baby bonus away.. man what an uproar that was! Any way.. some of these comments are just horrible. I thought this was Canada.

  33. Kayla says:

    It is unbelievable how truly ungrateful some people really are,and not only ungrateful but hateful,it’s like they actually hate the thought of somebody other than themselves benifitting from something.Its sad.You would think,as a country,and Canada being as awesome as it really is because let’s face it;we have it a hell of a lot easier then the other countries as far as health care and everything else goes,so you would think as a country you would be proud that they are doing more to try and help as many children as they can.Whether it be for daycare,or an after school program,a sport,whatever just be happy that our children are able to have these things.I think what the government is doing is great.And as for the don’t have children if you can’t afford them,not everybody is born with a silver spoon in their mouth&hard times do happen,you get laid off,your company goes out of business,can’t work due to health reasons whatever it is it happens and I don’t think that a family should be left out of loving a child,or adopting,or aborting them because of such reasons.Amd birth control ? I was on birth control when I got pregnant for BOTH of my children,it took one lazy night without protection and I got pregnant AND I only have my right ovary,was told it’s highly unlikely I’d even be able to get pregnant so I doubt if I was pregnant and fell on hard times I would give up my chance of a child because of this.So just be happy for the people who need the help and are receiving it because it’s the children who are benefiting and the children are who is important,not your ignorant opinions.I just couldn’t believe some of the things I read scrolling down

  34. Megan says:

    My good god people who gives a Shit about who are stay at home moms n who are working … Its there to help you out to give I that extra. My son isn’t in daycare but it helps to pay for his education fund n food to put on my table or anything else may need. Stop judging each other and be happy the government is trying to help you and it’s not based on Ur income… I make less then$ 10 000 a year n my boyfriend is in school, we all got a story …. but why does it matter ….

  35. Maya B. says:

    Out of the $720, put an average of 30 to 40% of it aside because in April 2016, we’ll be paying that percentage back at tax time. THAT is what people don’t realize. Everyone is so anxious to spend it, but it’s taxable so on a 70,000$/year family income, you’ll end up paying about 400-500$ back.

  36. Julie says:

    I think we should be thankful for what the government can give us, other countries doesn’t have this kind of support. It may not cover the whole family expenses but it will sure help.

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