If your family has a net income that does not exceed $25,257, and you live in Newfoundland and Labrador with dependent children under 18 years of age, you are eligible for the NLCB. Families with an income of less than $17,397 receive the maximum NLCB while families with incomes between $17,397 and $25,257 will receive a reduced benefit.
No. Both child benefits (the Canada Child Benefit - CCB and the Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit - NLCB) received are considered "exempt income" and are not deducted from your Income Support Benefits.
No, the Canada Revenue Agency cannot recover the debt by withholding these payments. However, if you are a parent you can voluntarily agree to use all or a portion of the child benefits to repay a debt through an agreement with CRA.
If you are in receipt of Income Support and not getting the maximum NLCB/CCB, you should contact a Client Services Officer immediately by calling the appropriate regional toll free number. You may receive additional assistance through a Child Benefit Adjustment which is offered to families in receipt of Income Support and can offset the full amount of the NLCB and up to $15 per child, per month, for the Canada Child Benefit.
In order to receive the NLCB/CCB, both you (the client) and your spouse, if applicable, must file an income tax return each year. If the NLCB/CCB has never been received, you must make an application for the CCB. This entitles you to the CCB and the NLCB. There is no separate application for the Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit.
The amount of NLCB/CCB you can receive depends on your family's income in the previous year and the number of children presently living in your family.