Canada Child Benefit rolls out July 20 – By Ray Hudson

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Delta MP Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and People with Disabilities explains the new Child Benefit at Delta’s Boys and Girls Club. Photo: Ray Hudson
Delta MP Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and People with Disabilities explains the new Child Benefit at Delta’s Boys and Girls Club. Photo: Ray Hudson
Delta MP Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and People with Disabilities explains the new Child Benefit at Delta’s Boys and Girls Club. Photo: Ray Hudson

Delta MP Carla Qualtrough, says Nine of Ten Families Get More

Delta: An easier and efficient way to deliver child benefits to Canadian families is the Trudeau Government’s goal as the new Canada Child Benefit cheques roll out on July 20.

Delta’s MP and Minister of Sport and People With Disabilities, Carla Qualtrough, presented the new program at the North Delta Boys and Girls Club, to underscore the high value work that such agencies do to contribute to the development of Canadian children. She said that for many low and middle-income families, many sports activities are out of reach.

The new program will see cheques issued monthly to replace the Canada Child Tax Benefit, including the National Child Benefit Supplement and the Universal Child Care Benefit.

“As the federal government, we provide financial support payments to parents making the decisions based on what they need and want for their own families,” said Qualtrough. “The money could help pay for enrolling children in sports and activities which has such a positive affect on them, especially those who are disadvantaged.”

Qualtrough said that sport and physical activity provides “an outlet that builds confidence, to learn to be part of the team and creates a sense of community and a bond with peers.”

“We know that too many middle-class families struggle with the costs of raising their children,” she added, “and too many children continue to live in poverty. And you can’t rely solely on organizations like the Girls and Boys Clubs to fix this problem. We are all in this together.”

The families benefitting will see an average increase in child benefits of almost $2,300 in the upcoming year, with benefits reducing as the level of income increases. Attempts to determine the upper cutoff point are complex. However the website does offer a calculator to estimate benefits.

Parents who already receive a child benefit and who file their income tax and benefit return will automatically be eligible for he CCB. Parents of newborn children can apply for the CCB online.

Qualtrough said that government estimates that about 300 thousand fewer children will live in poverty in 2017 compared to 2014.

Asked if the government will take into account the highly inflated economies of places such as the Lower Mainland of BC and adjust for that, she replied that it is currently a universal system.

“I recognize that the cost of living is a factor,” Qualtrough said, “but at present the program is universal and I don’t know if future iterations of the program that will be taken into consideration.”

For more information, please go to http://www.esdc.gc.ca/en/canada_child_benefit.page