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Climate Action Incentive Payment (CAIP) Payment Dates 2023

The Climate Action Incentive Payment (CAIP) is a tax-free quarterly benefit for Canadian residents living in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, or Saskatchewan.

Before 2022, it was a refundable tax credit you could claim on your income tax return. Now, it is a payment made directly to your bank each quarter.

This guide will tell you everything you need to know about the Climate Action Incentive Payment, including who is eligible, how to apply, the payment dates, and more.

What is the Climate Action Incentive Payment?

The Climate Action Incentive Payment (CAIP) is a tax-free monetary amount paid to help Canadian residents counter the cost of the pricing for federal pollution.

It is a basic amount plus a supplement for residents of rural and small communities.

The CAIP is currently available as a quarterly tax-free benefit to Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba residents. Starting in July 2023, it will also be available in PEI, NL, and NS.

Before 2021, it was known as the Climate Action Incentive (CAI), a refundable tax credit you could claim on your annual personal income tax return.

Who is Eligible for the Climate Action Incentive Payment?

You are only eligible for the Climate Action Incentive Payment if you are a resident of Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, or Saskatchewan on the first day of the payment month and the last day of the previous month.

You must also be 19 years or older OR have (or previously had) a common-law partner or spouse, OR are (or previously were) a parent and live with your child.

Who is not Eligible for the Climate Action Incentive Payment?

If you are NOT a resident of Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba, you are not eligible for the CAIP. However, other provinces have carbon tax rebates (discussed below).

As with any other Canadian tax credits, you will also not be eligible if you:

  • Were a non-resident of Canada any time during the tax year
  • Confined to a prison or similar institution for at least 90 days during the tax year
  • Are exempt due to being a servant or officer for the government

Climate Action Incentive Payment Dates in 2023

Climate Action Incentive Payments are paid every quarter. CAIP payment dates in 2023 are as follows:

  • January 13, 2023
  • April 14, 2023
  • July 14, 2023
  • October 13, 2023
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How Much Climate Action Incentive Payment (CAIP) Will You Get in 2023?

The Climate Action Incentive Payments increase slightly each year but are not relative to your income.

Below is a breakdown of how much you can receive in total for the 2023-2024 payment period depending on which province you live in.

Climate Action Incentive Payments in Alberta

First Adult$486$539$772
Spouse/Common-law Partner$248$270$386
Dependent Child$124$135$193
Family of 4$992$1,079$1,544

Related: Alberta Minimum Wage.

Climate Action Incentive Payments in Ontario

First Adult$295$373$488
Spouse/Common-law Partner$147$186$244
Dependent Child$73$93$122
Family of 4$588$745$976

Related: Ontario Minimum Wage.

Climate Action Incentive Payments in Manitoba

First Adult$328$416$528
Spouse/Common-law Partner$164$208$264
Dependent Child$81$104$132
Family of 4$654$832$1,056

Related: Manitoba Minimum Wage.

Climate Action Incentive Payments in Saskatchewan

First Adult$596$550$680
Spouse/Common-law Partner$297$275$340
Dependent Child$148$138$170
Family of 4$1,189$1,101$1,360

Related: Saskatchewan Income Tax Brackets and Rates.

For the quarterly payments, the breakdown for the first adult, second adult, and each child in a family unit are as follows:

January 13, 2023 $93.25, $46.50, $23.25$104, $52, $26$137.50, $68.75, $34.50$134.75, $67.50, $33.75
April 14, 2023$122, $61, $30.50$132, $66, $33$170, $85, $42.50$193, $96.50, $48.25
July 14, 2023$122, $61, $30.50$132, $66, $33$170, $85, $42.50$193, $96.50, $48.25
October 13, 2023$122, $61, $30.50$132, $66, $33$170, $85, $42.50$193, $96.50, $48.25

How To Apply for the Climate Action Incentive Payment (CAIP)

Residents of Canada:

You do not need to apply for the CAIP. If you are eligible when you file your income tax and benefit return, the Canada Revenue Agency will send the payments throughout the year.

If you have a common-law partner or spouse, only one person will be eligible for the Climate Action Incentive Payments. This credit will be sent to the person whose tax return is submitted first.

If you are a resident of a rural or small community, you may be eligible for a supplement. To apply, you must complete Schedule 14 and send it with your income tax return. To see if you are eligible for the supplement, check here.

Newcomers to Canada:

If you are new to Canada, you will need to fill out one of two forms to apply for the CAIP:

1. For those who do NOT have children: Form RC151, GST/HST and CAI Credit Application for Individuals Who Become Residents of Canada.

2. For those who DO have children: Form RC66, Canada Child Benefits Application to apply for all family and child benefits. You must also fill out Form RC66SCH, Status in Canada and Income Information for the Canada Child Benefits Application.

After the forms are complete, mail them to your tax centre.

Carbon Tax Rebates in Canada (Federal vs Provincial)

Eligible residents of Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia will start getting Climate Action Incentive payments starting in July 2023.

Each province in Canada has chosen either the federal pricing system or designed its own pricing system for carbon tax rebates.

Below is a summary of the carbon tax rebate system for each province that does not participate in the CAIP.

British Columbia’s emissions are covered by the carbon tax for the province. BC has an annual climate action tax credit (BCCATC), a tax-free payment to families and individuals with a low income to help counteract the carbon taxes they pay.

Quebec & Nova Scotia have a cap-and-trade system where they set caps on emissions by industry. Companies that cannot reduce emissions below that cap must buy credits from a carbon market. There is no federal rebate.

New Brunswick has a system to allow for higher pollution thresholds while maintaining their price per tonne standards. They get CAI payments.

P.E.I. has its own carbon tax on most gaseous and liquid fuels. There is no rebate in the province yet, but they intend to create their own rebate program in the near future.

Newfoundland & Labrador – has a similar approach to P.E.I., where they reduced their gas tax to offset higher gas prices.

Northwest Territories has its own territorial carbon tax, implemented in 2019. They charge $40 per tonne and have a 100% rebate on home heating fuel.

Yukon and Nunavut are a part of the federal carbon tax plan. Yukon has rebates, while Nunavut does not.


Do I get the CAIP if I don’t live in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, or Alberta?

No, you are not eligible for the CAIP if you do not live in one of those four provinces. However, your province may have a tax rebate – view above for details.

What are the payment dates for the climate action incentive in 2023?

You will receive the Climate Action Incentive payments on January 15, 2023, April 14, 2023, July 14, 2023, and October 13, 2023.

What is the CAIP supplement for people living in small and rural communities?

The CAIP includes a 10% supplement for residents of rural and small communities. This applies to those living in one of the four eligible provinces whose residence is outside a census metropolitan area.

How much is the climate action incentive in 2023?

The CAIP in 2023 varies by province depending on whether you are a single person, a second adult, a dependent child, or a family of four. See above for the Climate Action Incentive Payments tables.

Who should claim the CAIP on their tax return?

If you are a resident of Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, or Saskatchewan, you should claim the CAIP on your tax return. All you need to do is fill out Schedule 14, which is part of your tax return. The CRA will automatically determine if you are eligible.

How is the climate action incentive paid?

The Climate Action Incentive is paid directly to your bank as a quarterly benefit.


Thanks to the new CAIP tax credit, you can get a substantial amount every quarter into your bank account if you live in one of the four eligible provinces.

This is a new and improved way for Canadian residents to get some money back for the amount they pay for gas, carbon, and other fossil fuels.  

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19 thoughts on “Climate Action Incentive Payment (CAIP) Payment Dates 2023”

  1. Gravatar for ken

    hi is there a phone# for info on caip?

    thank you

  2. Gravatar for Jeannine Aitken

    So if everyone gets the same, why did we (my husband and I ) get $307.45 and $113.99 which is $421.54. $137.46 less than expected. Thank you

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu

      @Jeannine: The amount depends on your province and it is also split into 4 quarters, with the July payment also including what should have been paid out in April.

  3. Gravatar for Walter Hersey


    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu

      @Walter: Yes, you should receive a cheque by mail.

  4. Gravatar for Fernando Candeias

    Why only receive $404.50 and my wife Flora Candeias dont receive anything

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu

      @Fernado: The CAIP credit is paid to the spouse or common-law partner whose tax return is assessed first. So, what you received is a combination of your benefits as a family.

  5. Gravatar for Terry Woodard

    why I didn’t received the CAIP?

  6. Gravatar for Doug McLellan

    I received the CAIP cheque and was wondering if it is a taxable benefit? Can it be claimed by the lower income earner rather than the person the cheque was made out to?

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu, MSc (Econ)

      @Doug: The CAIP is a tax-free benefit.

  7. Gravatar for S. Matthews

    I received a notice from Canada Revenue stating a deposit of the CAIP was deposited on July 15, 2022. It is not there. Who can I cpntact about this?

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu, MSc (Econ)

      @S. Matthews: The phone number I could find for CAIP is 1-800-387-1193. As per their website, you should allow up to 10 business days after the expected payment date before calling.

  8. Gravatar for Cathy

    I called the number and listened to it all and then pushed 0. About 10 minutes on hold and it was fixed!

  9. Gravatar for Scott

    Scott I’m really starting to think that the government lies about payments that being the chunk of money we’re supposed to get what’s this 135.00 in my bank that’s not nearly enough for myself it’s ridiculous good job Trudeau or whoever’s doing this !!!??

  10. Gravatar for Susan

    If you aren’t eligible for child tax benefit (income too high) you will not receive this for your children. So it is in fact income based.

  11. Gravatar for Kayla

    If mailed when will I receive the cheque for Carbon taxes???

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu, MSc (Econ)

      @Kayla: I am not sure, as the website doesn’t appear to have this information.

  12. Gravatar for brenda rice

    hello,,,will I still get the CAIP check if I am renting and not paying any heat or utilities? I amon ODSP and OAS and I make about $1722 a month and my rent will be going up from $938 to about another $25

  13. Gravatar for Amanda

    What happens if you are in bankruptcy? Every single thing the government is giving to low income or in general is going to c/o Trustee. So I get nothing?

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