Budget 2016 gives Canadian families more money to help with the high cost of raising their children, by replacing the current complicated child benefit system with the new Canada Child Benefit. The introduction of the Canada Child Benefit represents the most significant social policy innovation in a generation.
The Canada Child Benefit will be:

• simpler—families will receive a single payment every month;

• tax-free—families will not have to pay back part of the amount received when they file their tax returns;

• better-targeted to those who need it most—low- and middle-income families will receive more benefits, and those with the highest incomes (generally over $150,000) will receive lower benefits than under the current system; and

• much more generous—families benefitting will see an average increase in child benefits of almost $2,300 in the 2016–17 benefit year.

The Canada Child Benefit will provide a maximum annual benefit of up to $6,400 per child under the age of 6 and up to $5,400 per child for those aged 6 through 17. Families with less than $30,000 in net income will receive the maximum benefit.
Under the current system, families with $30,000 in net income and one child would have received $4,852 in child benefits, after tax, if their child is under the age of 6 and $3,916 if their child is aged 6 through 17.

To recognize the additional costs of caring for a child with a severe disability, Budget 2016 proposes to continue to provide the Child Disability Benefit, an additional amount of up to $2,730 per child eligible for the Disability Tax Credit.

The Canada Child Benefit will be paid monthly to eligible families, beginning in July 2016, replacing the Canada Child Tax Benefit and the Universal Child Care Benefit.


How much will you receive under the Canada Child Benefit?  Find out with this online Canada Child Benefit Calculator

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Child Disability Benefit (CDB)

The Child Disability Benefit (CDB) is a tax-free benefit for families who care for a child under age 18 who is eligible for the disability amount.

A child is eligible for the disability amount when a qualified practitioner certifies, on Form T2201, Disability Tax Credit Certificate, that the child has a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions, and the CRA approves the form.

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Ontario’s Clean Energy Benefit

Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan is moving our province to clean sources of power while shutting down coal plants that pollute the air we breathe. Upgrading and modernizing our energy infrastructure is helping to provide reliable power to our homes and businesses. Building more clean energy is also creating thousands of jobs for Ontarians in a growing renewable energy industry, supplying the solar, wind, bio-energy and hydro-electric markets.

To help you with the increased costs of these essential investments during this period of transition, the Ontario government is providing a 10% rebate off your total electricity bill – including electricity costs, regulatory charges, the debt retirement charge and taxes.

You will receive the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit on every bill for the next five years as our province continues to build our clean energy future. The Ontario Clean Energy Benefit applies to electricity charges incurred as of January 1, 2011.

Through the 2010 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, the government is taking action today to help Ontarians who are feeling the pinch of rising costs and electricity prices. The Ontario government is proposing direct relief through a new Ontario Clean Energy Benefit (OCEB).

For eligible consumers, the proposed OCEB would provide a benefit equal to 10 per cent of the total cost of electricity on their bills including tax, effective January 1, 2011. Due to the length of time required to amend bills, these price adjustments would appear on electricity bills no later than May 2011, and would be retroactive to January 1, 2011.

Eligible consumers include residential, farm, small business and other small users. The proposed OCEB would help over four million residential consumers and over 400,000 small businesses, farms, and other consumers with the transition to a reliable and cleaner electricity system as more investment in transmission and supply capacity is brought online to support the province.


The following table provides examples of the impact the proposed OCEB would have on monthly electricity bills.

Table 1
Benefits for Eligible Customers
(Monthly Consumption)
Current Estimated Monthly Bill Estimated Bill after Ontario Clean Energy Benefit Monthly Benefit1 (10%) Yearly Benefit1 (10%)
Typical Residential
800 kWh
$128 $115.20 $12.80 $153.60
Small Business
10,000 kWh
$1,430 $1,287 $143 $1,716
12,000 kWh
$1,710 $1,539 $171 $2,052
  • 1 Typical 2011 monthly benefit for a consumer. Benefit amount will vary based on actual price, consumption and location.
  • Source: Ontario Ministry of Energy.


Click here for a sample of how the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit might look on your bill (utility bills vary in style from community to community). Scroll down to see Frequently Asked Questions about the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit.

For more information, call 1-888-668-4636.



Ontario Trillium Benefit

The Ontario trillium benefit (OTB) is the combined payment of the Ontario energy and property tax credit, the Northern Ontario energy credit, and the Ontario sales tax credit. The annual OTB entitlement is usually divided by 12 and the payments issued monthly. Your 2016 OTB payments, which are based on your 2015 income tax and benefit return, will be issued on the 10th of each month, starting on July 10, 2016 (see note for exceptions).

The OTB program is legislated and funded by the Province of Ontario. The Canada Revenue Agency administers this program on behalf of the province.

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Canada Child Tax Benefit

The Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) is a non-taxable amount paid monthly to help eligible families with the cost of raising children under 18 years of age.

To be eligible, you must meet all the following conditions:

  • You must live with the child, and the child must be under the age of 18;
  • You must be the person who is primarily responsible for the care and upbringing of the child;
    • This means you are responsible for such things as supervising the child’s daily activities and needs, making sure the child’s medical needs are met, and arranging for child care when necessary. If there is a female parent who lives with the child, we usually consider her to be this person. However, it could be the father, a grandparent, or a guardian.
  • You must be a resident of Canada; and
  • You or your spouse or common-law partner must be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, a protected person, or a temporary resident who has lived in Canada for the previous 18 months, and who has a valid permit in the 19th month.

If you and your spouse or common-law partner were residents of Canada for any part of 2010, you must both file a 2010 return before we can calculate your benefit. To continue getting the CCTB, you both have to file a return every year, even if you have no income to report.
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GST and HST Credit

The GST/HST Credit program issues payments to Canadians with low and modest incomes to help offset all or part of the GST/HST they pay on the purchase of goods and services. The Canada Revenue Agency Web site provides information on application procedures, eligibility, payment of the GST/HST credit and procedures to follow in case of overpayment.
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Eligibility Information

  • The GST/HST credit is calculated based on the recipient’s net income added to the net income of his or her spouse or common-law partner, if applicable, minus any amount the recipient, his or her spouse or common-law partner reported for the Universal Child Care Benefit on line 117 of their Income Tax and Benefit Return. The number of dependent children registered for the Canada Child Tax Benefit or the GST/HST Credit is also used in the calculation of benefits.
  • To be eligible for the GST/HST credit, the applicant must be 19 years of age or older, have (or previously had) a spouse or common-law partner, or be (or previously was) a parent and live (or previously lived) with their child.
  • The GST/HST credit recipients must inform the Canada Revenue Agency of all changes, such as a change in the number of dependent children or marital status, in order to have the payments adjusted. The credits can be adjusted during the year.
  • Other criteria may apply.

Application Information

  • To receive the GST/HST credit, the recipient has to apply for it, even if it was received in the previous year. To apply, the recipient must file an Income Tax and Benefit return, even if there is no income to report. Eligible taxpayers may apply for the credits any time during the year in which they meet the requirements.
  • New residents of Canada may apply for GST/HST credit at any time in the year they become residents of Canada by completing Form RC151, GST/HST Credit Application for Individuals Who Become Residents of Canada.

Dates and Deadlines

  • The GST/HST credit is issued four times a year: January, April, July and October (generally the fifth day of the month).

Contact Information

Related Information

  • Individuals who have not received their GST/HST credit within 10 business days following the date of issuance should contact the Canada Revenue Agency.
  • Individuals who are receiving the GST/HST credit do not need to apply separately to receive the Newfoundland and Labrador Harmonized Sales Tax Credit, the Newfoundland and Labrador Seniors’ Benefit and the Saskatchewan Low-Income Tax Credit.

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