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As you are most likely aware, the government has initiated the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) in their 2006 budget. This benefit provide families with $100 per month, per child 6 years of age or younger. The benefit will be paid to each family on the 20th of every month starting this July.
You can download the appropriate form and find out more information on the UCCB with the following link.
Those who are receiving the Canadian Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) will automatically qualify assuming the child is 6 or under. http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/benefits/uccb/menu-e.html
Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB)
1. What is the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB)?
The Universal Child Care Benefit is a new initiative designed to assist Canadian families, as they seek to balance work and family life, by supporting their child care choices through direct financial support. The UCCB payment is to be paid on behalf of children under the age of 6 years in instalments of $100 per month per child.
2. Who will receive the Universal Child Care Benefit?
To receive the UCCB, all the following conditions must be met.
a) You must live with the child, and the child must be under the age of 6.
B) You must be the person who is primarily responsible for the care and upbringing of the child.
This means you are responsible for such things as supervising the child's daily activities and needs, making sure the child's medical needs are met, and arranging for child care when necessary. If there is a female parent who lives with the child, we usually consider her to be this person. However, it could be the father, a grandparent, or a guardian.
c) You must be a resident of Canada.
We consider you to be a resident of Canada when you establish sufficient residential ties in Canada.
d) You or your spouse or common-law partner must be:
"permanent resident" (as defined in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act);
"protected person" (as defined in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act); or
"temporary resident" (as defined in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act) who has lived in Canada throughout the previous 18 months, and who has a valid permit in the 19th month (other than one that states "does not confer status"). If this is your situation, you should not apply before the 19th month.
3. How do I apply for the Universal Child Care Benefit payments?
The enrolment for the Universal Child Care Benefit will be processed through the Canada Child Tax Benefit application. If you already receive the CCTB, you will not be required to re-apply in order to receive the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB). You may download the Canada Child Tax Benefit application form or obtain a copy by contacting the Canada Revenue Agency at 1-800-959-2221.
4. Why is the Government issuing the Universal Child Care Benefit?
The government of Canada recognizes that no two Canadian families are exactly alike as each has its own circumstances and needs. The government is proposing to support Canadian families in their childcare decisions by introducing a new monthly benefit directed specifically to families with pre-school aged children.
5. When are the Universal Child Care Benefit payments being sent?
The Universal Child Care Benefit payments will be made on or about the 20th of each month starting July 2006.
6. How much will the Universal Child Care Benefit payments be and how will they be paid?
The Universal Child Care Benefit will be a monthly payment of $100 per eligible child under the age of 6. The initial July 2006 payment will be issued by cheque. In the future, recipients will have the option to ask that their Universal Child Care Benefit payments be deposited directly into their financial institution account.
7. Can I access my Universal Child Care Benefit payment information through My Account?
You will be able to view your Universal Child Care Benefit payment details through CRA's secure online service My Account on the day that the payment is issued. You need to register for an epass to access My