Raising a child is no easy job. But thankfully, you don’t need to bear your burdens alone with the help of Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit (NLCB), a tax-free monthly payment program provided by the government. It is designed to assist eligible families with the cost of raising children.
Discover how the NLCB is helping families by reading our informative article that highlights the program’s benefits and eligibility requirements for this child tax benefit.
- The NLCB is designed to help families with the cost of raising children under the age of 18 and to support low- and middle-income families in particular.
- Eligibility for the NLCB is determined through the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) application process, meaning that families only need to apply for the CCB to be considered for both benefits.
- The benefit is based on the number and age of children in a family, as well as the family’s adjusted net income.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit is a provincial benefit administered in conjunction with the federal program Canada Child Benefit (CCB).
Similar to other Canada child tax benefit programs, such as the Ontario Child Benefit and the Canada Child Benefit (CCB), the NLCB provides financial assistance to families with children under the age of 18 who meet certain income requirements.
Families in Newfoundland and Labrador can apply for the Child Tax Benefit NL to receive financial support for raising their children, helping to cover expenses such as food, clothing, school supplies, and other essentials.
To be eligible for the Child Tax Benefit NL, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must be living with the child (under 18 years of age)
- You must have a net income of less than $25,726 per year
- You must be the primary caregiver responsible for the upbringing and care of the child.
- For tax purposes, you must be residing in Canada with enough residential ties.
- Either you or your spouse or common-law partner must either be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, a protected person, a temporary resident, or an individual registered or entitled to be registered under the Indian Act.
To receive the NLCB, families must file their income taxes each year and apply for the benefit through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
Families are assessed for the NLCB when they apply and qualify for the Canada Child Benefit. You can apply for the CCB/NLCB online through the CRA’s My Account portal by completing Form RC66 or by phone at the Canada Child Benefit phone number: 1-800-387-1193. You can also complete the form and mail it to your nearest tax centre.
If you or your spouse or common-law partner:
- Became a resident of Canada in the last two years (newcomer or returning resident)
- Became a Canadian citizen in the last 12 months
- are, as defined in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, a permanent resident, protected person, or temporary resident who has lived in Canada for the previous 18 months
- are not Canadian citizens and are registered or entitled to be registered under the Indian Act
Then you must also fill out Form RC66SCH and attach it to your application.
Also if benefits for the child have not been previously disbursed to anyone, it is mandatory to provide proof of the child’s birth which includes the child’s last name, given name, and date of birth. This also applies if the child was born outside of Canada or is one year of age or older.
But, if you’re a mother of a newborn, you have the option of using the Automated Benefits Application to apply for your child’s benefits which is a quicker and easier way to apply for child tax benefits.
All you need to do is fill out and sign your child’s birth registration form, give your consent to the vital statistics office, and then provide your social insurance number.
The benefit amount a family is eligible to get varies on the number of children in the family and the family’s net income. After applying, they will send a CCB notice on how many benefits you will get.
Under the Newfoundland and Labrador child benefit, you may be entitled to the benefit of:
- $35.16 per month for the first child
- $37.33 per month for the second child
- $40.08 per month for the third child
- $43 per month for each additional child
Additionally, individuals whose adjusted family net income exceeds $17,397 per year may be eligible to receive a portion of the benefit.
Once you meet the criteria to be considered an eligible individual, you can receive the CCB in the month after meeting those requirements.
They usually pay benefits on the 20th of each month or the last business day before the 20th if ever the date falls on a weekend or a federal statutory holiday.
Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit payment dates for 2023 are:
- January 20, 2023
- February 20, 2023
- March 20, 2023
- April 20, 2023
- May 19, 2023
- June 20, 2023
- July 20, 2023
- August 18, 2023
- September 20, 2023
- October 20, 2023
- November 20, 2023
- December 13, 2023
However, if the total amount of your monthly payment is below $20, a single payment covering the entire payment period between July 2022 and June 2023 will have been made on July 20, 2022, or later.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit (NLCB) provides much-needed financial assistance to families with children in the province.
But did you know that it also has an additional benefit called the Pre-Natal Infant Nutrition Supplement (PINS) or formerly called the Mother Baby Nutrition Supplement?
This supplement is given to eligible families with young children under the age of one or to pregnant women to assist with the cost of nourishing food and other necessities needed during the critical first year of a child’s life.
Families can better manage their money because the PINS benefit and the CCB are consolidated into a single monthly payment. You may be entitled to a $150 per month benefit for each child under the age of one, depending on your adjusted family net income in the PINS benefit.
The amount you get for the monthly basic income support benefits greatly depends on your living situation. It usually ranges from $339-$779. (chart here)
The child tax benefit you are eligible to receive varies depending on your number of children and net income. It ranges from a monthly total of $35.17-$155.58 or a yearly total of $422-$1867. (chart here)
For the NLCB, your net income should be less than $25,726, so you can qualify for the benefits. Although, those whose net income exceeds $17,397 per year may only receive a portion of the benefits.
Residents of the province who are 18 years old or above are eligible to receive a one-time cost-of-living relief payment of up to $500. Every adult who has filed a 2021 tax return and has an adjusted income of $125,000 or less will receive the cheque.