How much will I receive?
Your payment is based on the number of children under 18 years of age in your family and your adjusted family net income.
The Ontario Child Benefit provides a maximum benefit of $1,100 annually per child.
Prior to July 2011, only one individual was eligible to receive the Ontario Child Benefit in a particular month. Parents who share custody may be receiving benefits on a six-month rotational schedule.
Beginning July 2011, each parent in a shared custody arrangement will receive the Ontario Child Benefit in a particular month. If entitled, you will receive monthly payments equal to 50% of the amount you would have received under the six-month rotational schedule. Over the course of the year, assuming there are no other changes to your family situation, you will receive the same amount as you would under the six-month rotational schedule.
What is adjusted family net income?
This is equal to the sum of the net income amount on line 236 of the personal income tax return for both you and your spouse/common-law partner (if applicable) minus any federal Universal Child Care Benefit payments and Registered Disability Savings Plan income either of you received plus any federal Universal Child Care Benefit payments and Registered Disability Savings Plan income either of you repaid.
To see how much you could qualify for, use the online calculator or see the chart below.
Ontario Child Benefit Monthly Payment Estimates for July 2013 to June 2014 ($)*
||Family Net Income
|Number of Children
* The monthly payment values listed in the chart above are an estimate of the amount of Ontario Child Benefit you may receive. Monthly payments are determined by the Canada Revenue Agency based on your adjusted family net income as determined by your annual tax return.
View the Ontario Benefits Payment Schedule for all payment dates
How do I apply?
To get this benefit, you (and your spouse or common-law partner if applicable) need to file your previous year's personal income tax return(s) and ensure your child is registered for the federal Canada Child Tax Benefit.
You can download an Income Tax and Benefit Package from the Canada Revenue Agency website. To apply for the Canada Child Tax Benefit, visit the Canada Revenue Agency website for an application or call 1 800 959-2221.
Need a hand to prepare your tax return?
If you are unable to prepare your income tax and benefit return yourself, the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program may be able to help you.