B.C. Child opportunity benefit

The B.C. Child opportunity benefit, which replaced the B.C. Early childhood tax benefit effective October 1, 2020, provides a tax-free monthly payment to families with children under the age of 18.

The maximum B.C. Child opportunity benefit amount families may receive each year is:

  • $1,600 for a family’s first child
  • $1,000 for a second child
  • $800 for each subsequent child under the age of 18

If the adjusted family net income is more than $25,000 but less than $80,000, the B.C. Child opportunity benefit is reduced by 4% of the portion of the adjusted family net income over $25,000. However, the B.C. Child opportunity benefit for a family with an adjusted family net income between $25,000 and $80,000 isn't less than:

  • $700 per year for the first child
  • $680 per year for the second child
  • $660 per year for each subsequent child under the age of 18

For families with an adjusted family net income of $80,000 or more, the remaining B.C. Child opportunity benefit is reduced by 4% of the portion of the adjusted family net income over $80,000 until it's reduced to zero.

B.C. Child Opportunity Benefit Chart

The $25,000 and $80,000 thresholds will be indexed to inflation in future years.

The B.C. Child opportunity benefit is combined with the federal Canada Child Benefit into a single monthly payment.

Read our frequently asked questions to learn more about the B.C. Child opportunity benefit.

Annual benefit calculation

For October 2020 to June 2021, families may be able to receive 1/12 of the annual benefit each month.

Use the federal child and family benefits calculator to help you estimate your total B.C. Child opportunity benefit amount.

From July to September 2020, the existing B.C. Early childhood tax benefit was paid out monthly.

Starting October 2020, the B.C. Child opportunity benefit replaced the B.C. Early childhood tax benefit and is paid out monthly.

Applying for the benefit

The Canada Revenue Agency administers the B.C. Child opportunity benefit program for the province.

The Canada Revenue Agency uses the information from your Canada Child Benefit registration to determine your eligibility for the B.C. Child opportunity benefit. If your child is registered for the Canada Child Benefit, they're automatically registered for the B.C. Child opportunity benefit.

If your child is not registered for the Canada Child Benefit, you’ll need to apply for the Canada Child Benefit. The Canada Revenue Agency will use the information from your Canada Child Benefit application to determine your eligibility for the B.C. Child opportunity benefit. If you’re eligible, the amount of the payments will be calculated automatically by the Canada Revenue Agency based on information from the personal tax returns you (and your spouse or common-law partner) have filed.

Legislation

The following legislation applies to the B.C. Child opportunity benefit program: