Canada Child Benefit to Have Positive Impacts for Indigenous Families - First payments starting today

ENOCH CREE NATION, EDMONTON, AB, July 20, 2016 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada announced through Budget 2016 a new benefit to help parents with the high costs of raising their children.  Today, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs and the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, are proud to announce that eligible Canadian families - including Indigenous families - will receive their first Canada Child Benefit (CCB) payment starting today, July 20, 2016. 

The new Canada Child Benefit (CCB) will be issued monthly to all Canadians, including Indigenous peoples, and will replace the Canada Child Tax Benefit, including the National Child Benefit Supplement and the Universal Child Care Benefit.

The Canada Child Benefit is:

  • simpler – families will receive a single payment every month
  • tax-free – families do not have to pay back amounts received when they file their tax returns.
  • better targeted at those who need it most – low and middle-income families will receive more benefits, and
  • much more generous – families benefiting will see an average increase in child benefits of almost $2,300 in the 2016-17 benefit year.

Visit Employment and Social Development Canada to learn how to apply for the Canada Child Care Benefit.

Minister Bennett and Minister Sohi made the announcement at the Enoch Cree Nation Culture Camp and participated in a Pipe and Sweat Ceremony and breakfast with children and their parents.

Quotes

"Improving the quality of life for Indigenous children and families is a priority of our government. The Canada Child Benefit will provide significant benefits for low-income for all Canadian families on a monthly basis. It is important that Indigenous families are aware of this benefit and we are committed to provide the support they need to help with tax filing."
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs

"I am proud to be a part of this progress. Just as I am honoured to serve the families of this wonderful community of Enoch Cree Nation.  I wish everyone here every success as you watch your children grow and flourish." 
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"We are honoured to have Minister Carolyn Bennett from Indigenous and Northern Affairs  Canada attend our Sunrise Ceremony and join us for breakfast this morning to discuss the new Canada Child Benefit.  The Culture Camp is designed to teach Cree children about their languages, cultural traditions and instill pride and hope for the future."
Chief Billy Morin,
Enoch Cree Nation

Quick Facts

  • Nine out of ten Canadian families will receive more in child benefits than under the previous system.
  • Families with less than $30,000 in net income will receive the maximum benefit.
  • Families benefiting will see an average increase in child benefits of almost $2,300 in the upcoming 2016–17 benefit year.
  • The maximum annual benefit will be up to $6,400 per child under the age of 6 and up to $5,400 per child aged 6 through 17.
  • About 300,000 fewer children will be living in poverty in 2017 compared with 2014

Associated Links

Budget 2016
Canada Child Benefit website
Canada Child Benefit Calculator

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SOURCE Government of Canada

For further information: media may contact: Mathieu Filion, Director of Communications, Office of the Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P., Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, 819-654-5546; Media Relations Office, Employment and Social Development Canada, 819-994-5559, media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca


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