QUÉBEC, July 19, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Building an economy that supports hard-working families in providing the best start in life to their children is a top priority for the Government of Canada. That is why we continue to support middle-class families and those working hard to join it.
A year ago, the Government launched the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) to help families with the high cost of raising children. Since then, CCB payments have helped more than 6.5 million children. CCB is now simpler, tax-free, better targeted to those who need it most and more generous than previous child benefits programs. For example, families in the Québec metropolitan area received on average approximately $480 last May from the CCB. In this area, over 134,000 children benefitted from the new and improved initiative. On a provincial level, families in Quebec received a total of approximately $455 million last May from the CCB.
With payments delivered to eligible families every month, the CCB benefits those who need it most and is helping lift approximately 300,000 children out of poverty in Canada. Since the CCB's introduction, approximately 3.6 million Canadian families have received about $23 billion in payments. This means families have more flexibility to put money towards the things that are important to them – such as nutritious food, school supplies, summer programs, or clothing.
Together with initiatives such as the Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework with provinces and territories, and an Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework which is currently being developed, the CCB is part of a larger approach by the Government of Canada to support low and middle-income families and grow our economy.
"Families are the foundation of Canada and children are our most precious resource—investing in them means investing in Canada's future. I am proud of the Canada Child Benefit and look forward to continued support of middle-class families and those working hard to join it."
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Member of Parliament for Québec
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
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