B.C. Family Bonus Program
The B.C. family bonus program (BCFB) provides non-taxable monthly payments to help low and modest income families with the cost of raising children under age 18. Benefits are combined with the Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) and the B.C. Early Childhood Tax Benefit (BCECTB) into a single monthly payment.
Under proposed legislation, the Canada child benefit (CCB) will replace the universal child care benefit (UCCB), the CCTB, and the national child benefit supplement (NCBS). The first CCB payment will be issued on July 20, 2016 (subject to Parliamentary approval). The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will issue the last regular CCTB and UCCB payments on June 20, 2016. The changes to the federal child benefit programs will not affect the BCFB or the BCECTB.
The B.C. family bonus provides a benefit of up to $111 per child per month when combined with the National Child Benefit Supplement. Benefits are based on the number of children in the family and the family’s net income.
Applying for the B.C. Family Bonus Program
The CRA administers this program for the province. If you’re a new applicant, you need to apply for the CCTB. You don’t need to apply separately for the B.C. family bonus – the CRA will use the information from your CCTB application to determine your eligibility. If you’re eligible, the amount of any payments will be calculated automatically based on information from the tax returns you (and your spouse or common-law partner) file.
To estimate your total monthly child tax benefit payment (combined federal and provincial amounts) use the CRA’s Child and Family Benefits online calculator.
For more information on the various B.C. benefit programs, please see the CRA webpage.
The following legislation applies to the B.C. family bonus program: