Feds asking domestic abuse victims to face abusers for child benefit: NDP
OTTAWA – The opposition New Democrats say some women who are fleeing domestic abuse are being told they need to get a form signed by their abuser in order to collect the Liberal government’s vaunted child benefit.
The NDP says constituents have been coming to their offices with letters from the Canada Revenue Agency, which oversees benefit payments, asking them to verify that they are eligible for the monthly allowance.
The agency has multiple ways to determine which parent should receive the benefit in cases of separation or divorce, including having a parent provide documents from a doctor, dentist, social worker or religious leader to identify the primary caregiver.
The agency’s website says that “a female parent who lives with the child” is usually considered to be the primary caregiver.
One New Democrat from B.C., however, says none of those avenues was open to one of his constituents.