Child Benefit Enhancements Making a Difference for Low Income Families

Submitted by Natasha Pei on October 31, 2017 - 3:20am
A report prepared by John Kolkman for the Edmonton Social Planning Council

New and Enhanced Child Benefits Are Poverty Game Changers

Years of advocacy by many organizations at both the national and provincial levels finally resulted in meaningful change in 2016. Effective July 1, 2016, a new Alberta Child Benefit (ACB) was introduced by the provincial government, and an existing suite of poorly targeted federal child benefits was replaced with a new Canada Child Benefit (CCB).

As a result of the child benefit changes, an Alberta family with two children making $30,000 annually will receive $4,300 more per year from the federal and provincial governments. These enhancements to child benefits will make the biggest di erence ever in reducing child poverty.

The implementation of a new Alberta Child Benefit, and increases in federal child benefits, both on July 1, 2016, are child poverty game changers. These new benefits go some distance toward guaranteeing a basic income to all Alberta families with children.

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This report was prepared by John Kolkman and published by the Edmonton Social Planning Council. Learn more about initiatives led by the Edmonton Social Planning Council by visiting their website.