The Ontario Child Benefit is different than the Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit. The Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit is available to all families with children up to Grade 12 or up to aged 21 with special needs. Applications closed May 17, 2021.

About the benefit

The Ontario Child Benefit gives low-income to moderate-income families up to $1,473 per child per year to help with the cost of raising children. You can receive this benefit if you are working or if you are not working.

Apply

To apply and receive the benefit you must apply for the Canada Child Benefit. When you apply for the Canada Child Benefit you are automatically assessed for the Ontario Child Benefit.

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers the Ontario Child Benefit on behalf of the Ontario government.

Get your monthly payment

The Ontario Child Benefit provides up to $1,473 per child per year depending on:

  • your family net income
  • the number of children in your care who are under 18 years old

If you are eligible, you will get a payment each month.

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) determines your monthly payments. The amount you receive depends on your adjusted family net income on your annual income tax return.

Use the Canada Revenue Agency benefit calculator to calculate your payments.

Contact the Canada Revenue Agency if you have questions

You must file your taxes to qualify for the Canada Child Benefit and the Ontario Child Benefit.

If you have a question about the Ontario Child Benefit, contact the Canada Revenue Agency by phone at:

The Ontario Child Benefit supports about one million children in over 500,000 families.

Find other benefits, programs and support for families

Find benefits and programs

Learn about support programs that you may be eligible for, to help with costs for:

  • post-secondary education
  • skills training
  • dental care
  • housing
  • health services
  • child care
  • prescription drugs

Personal income tax

File your income tax, get the income tax and benefit package and check the status of your tax refund.

Find a free tax clinic

The CRA usually offers volunteer tax preparation clinics between February and April, but many operate all year in locations across Canada.

Income and employment support

Ontario has two social assistance programs to help eligible residents who are in financial need.

Ontario Works helps people who are in temporary financial need.

Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) helps people who have disabilities.

Both programs offer income support and help finding a job.

Updated: October 01, 2021
Published: January 20, 2021