Benefits and credits for newcomers to Canada

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Benefits and credits for newcomers to Canada

Arriving in a new country and dealing with all that is involved in settling there can be overwhelming. To make the transition easier for you, below is a list of benefits and credits you might be eligible for, even if you just arrived and you have no income in Canada. Once you’re getting benefit payments, you need to do your taxes every year to continue getting them.

Benefits and credits you might be eligible for


Canada child benefit

  • Up to $6,639 per year for each child under 6 years old
  • Up to $5,602 per year for each child from 6 to 17 years old


GST/HST credit

  • Up to $443 per year if you are single and have low or modest income
  • Up to $580 per year if your family has low or modest income
  • Plus up to $153 per year for each child under 19 years old




Child disability benefit

  • $2,832 per year if your child is under 18 years old and is eligible for the disability tax credit

Disability tax credit

  • A non-refundable tax credit of up to $8,235 claimed on your return
  • Plus up to $4,804 if you are under 18 years old

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Date modified:
2019-09-06