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How Much Can I Get With The Ontario Child Benefit?

Written by Jessica Steer
From expensive daycare services to soaring housing prices, many Ontario families are struggling to cope with the cost of raising a family. Luckily, the provincial government offers the Ontario Child Benefit, a non-taxable payment that currently supports about one million children in over 500,000 families. See if you qualify for the Ontario Child Benefit, how much you could receive, and ways to increase your monthly amount.
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    What is the Ontario Child Benefit?

    The Ontario Child Benefit (OCB) is a tax-free monthly payment that helps low- to moderate-income families provide for their children, regardless of whether they’re working or not.

    Depending on your income level, you may qualify for the OCB if you:

    • are an Ontario resident
    • are the primary caregiver of a child under 18 years of age
    • are eligible for the Canada Child Benefit
    • have filed your previous year’s income tax and benefits return (same goes for your spouse or common-law partner)

    How do I apply for the Ontario Child Benefit?

    There are two ways to apply for federal and provincial child benefits. If you just welcomed a newborn, you can apply by registering your child’s birth using Ontario’s newborn registration service. If you aren’t registering an infant, you can apply online through CRA’s My Account for Individuals or by completing this form. There’s no need to re-apply through the CRA if you applied through Ontario's newborn registration service – doing so may cause a delay in processing your application. You only need to apply once for each child under the age of 18 in your care.

    How much can I receive from the Ontario Child Benefit?

    You can collect a monthly payment of up to $133.91 (or $1,607 per year) for each child under 18 years of age for the July 2023 to June 2024 benefit year. You may receive a partial benefit if your adjusted family net income is over $24,542.

    What is the Canada Child Benefit and how does it work with the OCB?

    The Canada Child Benefit (CCB) is funded by the Government of Canada and assists eligible families with the cost of raising children under 18. For the 2023-24 benefit year, you could get up to $7,437 per year for each child under six years of age and $6,275 per year for children aged six to 17 years of age. 

    Payment amounts are determined based on:

    • the number of children you have
    • the age of your children
    • your martial status
    • your adjusted family net income from last year’s tax return

    You need to be eligible for this federal benefit in order to qualify for the Ontario Child Benefit.

    To get the Canada Child Benefit, you must meet all of the following requirements:

    • you live with a child who is under 18 years old
    • you are primarily responsible for raising the child
    • you’re a resident of Canada
    • you and your spouse or common-law partner are Canadian citizens, Indigenous, permanent residents, protected persons, or temporary residents who have lived in Canada for the last 18 months

    How is the Ontario Child Benefit paid out?

    Once you’re approved for the CCB and OCB, you’ll receive both of these benefits as a single monthly payment. Payments are sent straight to your bank account around the 20th of every month (see 2023 payment dates here). Your first payment should arrive within eight weeks of submitting your application online. It can take up to 11 weeks if you apply by mail. 

    Keep in mind your payments will stop if you don’t file your tax returns every year. Make sure to file before the deadline to prevent delayed payments.

    How can I increase my Ontario Child Benefit?

    The amount of your OCB payments depend on your income level, which means the easiest way to increase your benefit is to reduce your taxable income. This can be done by maximizing your tax return using tax deductions and tax credits.

    For example, you can claim childcare expenses as a tax deduction and adoption expenses and education fees as tax credits. Other examples of eligible tax credits include medical expenses, interest paid on student loans, and donations (see the full list here). If you’re not sure how to take advantage of these tax benefits, it may be worth speaking with an accountant to ensure no credits or deductions are missed.

    Can I get a cash advance loan with my Ontario Child Benefit?

    Yes, it’s possible to obtain a loan while receiving the OCB. OCB payments are considered income, which can increase the likelihood of loan approval. Learn more about online loan options or apply with Spring Financial today.

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