Extended Universal Child Care Benefit in effect

Parents can expect a lump sum payment July 20!

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Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB)

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[Updated on July 20, 2015 at 9:08 a.m.]

Starting later this month, families will receive $160 a month for each child under six (previously $100 a month) and new benefit of $60 per month for each child between the ages of six and 17 under the extended Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB).

Since these payments are retroactive to Jan. 1, 2015, families with two children under six years old can expect $1,040 lump sum payment via cheque or direct deposit as early as July 20.

Wondering what to do with extra cash? Consider starting or topping up your Registered Education Savings Program (RESP) to save for your child’s future education. The federal government’s Canada Education Savings Grant program pays a 20% grant on contributions, up to a maximum of $500 per year.

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The UCCB was first introduced in 2006 as a taxable benefit designed to help Canadian families through direct financial support regardless of whether children are enrolled in formal daycare programs. The above enhancements were announced in the 2015 federal budget.

Check the CRA website to see if you qualify for the UCCB. Be sure to apply if you do (and you’ve never applied before)!

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The original version of this article correctly stated that families with two children under six years old can expect a $1,040 lump sum payment. A later version of this article misstated, at one point, that families with two children under six years old can expect a $2,240 lump sum payment. It’s indeed $1,040, not $2,240.

23 comments on “Extended Universal Child Care Benefit in effect

  1. $60 times 2 kids is $120/month. Multiply that by 7 months (Jan-July)and I get $840. Where do you see the $1020, or am I missing something?

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    • Yes – I am unsure where they get that number as well!

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      • I believe the mistake was in taking $160 x 7 months, while forgetting that parents have already received $100 for each of the months from January through June. Hence, they will only receive the extra $60 for each of those months.

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      • Probably directly from the conservative press release.

        The vast majority of people are already receiving the benefit and will therefore only get the $60 top up retroactive to Jan 1st.

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    • you are correct being your children are older than 5yrs we received today $420.00 for our one child..there large numbers were a miscalculation for the under 6 yr group

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    • For one child the amount is now $160 per month instead of $100. So, for each child you get your usual $100 payment for July, along with an additional $420 ($60 x 7 months). This gives a total of $520 paid in July. Why the article thinks it is in fact double this amount per child escapes me.

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      • The article clearly states a family with two children under 6 will receive $1040. Two.

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    • i think what they did was 160 + 160 = 320 x 7 = 2240 i dont think they realized we’ve been getting the $100 every month

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    • Has anyone received the extended benefit yet? We always received the basic CCTB and we were to receive the new extended UCCB automatically (according to the CRA website) but we still have not received it. We are getting a little concerned.

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      • i still haven’t received anything either and it’s already july 23rd. i called and i was told to wait 10 business days and if i still don’t receive anything by then, i should call them back. i just don’t understand why they just don’t send them all at the same time. parents like myself could really use that little extra right now.

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  2. What happens if you child was under six from Jan 1-july 1? My son just turned six in july 5 would i get the 160 or the 60 for him? Thank you

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  3. I also calculate 840. They are not considering that we currently receive $100/mo per child. The increase of $60/mo per child is what is retroactive.

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  4. 2 kids under 6 = 2 x $160 not 2 x $60. There’s your mistake.

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  5. Just wondering if there is anyone who has a child over the age of 6 who didn’t get it this morning. My son is 13, we received UCCB from 2006 until he turned 6 in 2007, everything I read on the CRA website indicated that I didn’t need to apply so I didn’t worry about it. Today, two of my friends with children who are 8 got it, but another friend whose daughter is the same age as my son didn’t get it and I didn’t get it either.

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    • I have always received CCTB for my children, but I did not receive the UCCB yesterday. Anybody else?

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    • My kids are 12 and 17. No deposit yet. We get the CCTB and that was deposited on time yesterday but no UCCB. It was suppose to be automatic.

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    • I have the same issue as Mike.I receive CCTB but nothing from UCCB and also have been told it should have been an automatic deposit.

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  6. Ah, yes, the Universal Child Care Benefit, over 50% of which will go to families which don’t pay a cent in child care expenses.

    In other words, vote buying time for the CPC. I can tell you what I did with my lump sum payment (which doesn’t even pay for one month’s child care expenses). $940 in my bank account this morning, $940 donation made to the NDP shortly thereafter.

    The only problem is that with all of Harper’s vote-buying schemes my husband and I are running out of contribution room.

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  7. They come to the original figure because the article us about TWO children so they doubted it

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  8. I still have not received this “wonderful” cheque the government is talking about. I have two children who I receive the CCTB for and was told on the CRA website that I did not have to enrol to get. Some of my friends have received it and some have not. Does anyone know what is going?

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    • Same situation here; received the CCTB but still waiting for the UCCB, though it’s supposed to have been deposited into my account on the 20th of July, 2015!

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  9. I do not understand this at all am I supposed to recieve this too ?I have been told I should have but have not.
    I have 3 kids , 2 are 15 and 1 is 17

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  10. Has anyone not got there universal payment this month? Not sure why I haven’t.

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