Feds sim­plify child ben­e­fit forms

The Prince George Citizen - - News -

OTTAWA — The fed­eral govern­ment is rolling out a sim­pli­fied ap­pli­ca­tion form for the Canada Child Ben­e­fit so pay­ments get to the peo­ple the pro­gram is sup­posed to help the most.

The de­ci­sion comes months af­ter the min­is­ter in charge, Jean-Yves Du­c­los, was briefed about mount­ing con­cerns that el­i­gi­bil­ity rules and the ap­pli­ca­tion it­self for the Trudeau govern­ment’s sig­na­ture child ben­e­fit may be act­ing as a bar­rier for some “at-risk” fam­i­lies.

While take-up rates are high, there are po­ten­tially thou­sands of el­i­gi­ble re­cip­i­ents who don’t re­ceive the ben­e­fit be­cause they are in­for­mal care­givers who aren’t rec­og­nized as le­gal guardians, or live on re­serves and haven’t filed tax re­turns.

On Satur­day when the new ben­e­fit year be­gins, the max­i­mum an­nual pay­ment will in­crease to $6,639 for ev­ery child un­der age six, and $5,602 per child aged six to 17.

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