Child Disability Benefit Canada

Child Disability Benefit (CDB) is a Canadian government program that provides financial assistance to eligible families with children who have severe and prolonged disabilities. It is intended to help offset the additional costs associated with caring for a child with a disability.


1. What is the purpose of the Child Disability Benefit (CDB)?
The CDB aims to provide financial support to families with children who have disabilities in order to help alleviate the financial burden that comes with caring for a child with a disability.

2. Who is eligible to receive the Child Disability Benefit?
To be eligible for the CDB, the child must be under the age of 18 and have a severe and prolonged physical or mental disability. Additionally, the child must be eligible for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC), and at least one parent or guardian must be a resident of Canada and eligible to receive the Canada Child Benefit (CCB).

3. How much financial assistance does the Child Disability Benefit provide?
The amount of financial assistance provided by the CDB varies based on the family’s income and the disability-related expenses they incur. The maximum monthly benefit amount is $259.37 per qualified child.

4. How do I apply for the Child Disability Benefit?
To apply for the CDB, you must first apply for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC). Once the DTC application is approved, you will automatically be considered for the CDB. You can apply for the DTC and CDB through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) by completing the appropriate forms.

5. How often do I need to reapply for the Child Disability Benefit?
Once your child is approved for the CDB, you do not need to reapply. However, you are required to submit the Disability Tax Credit Certificate Renewal every five years to confirm your child’s continued eligibility for the benefit.

6. Are there any other financial benefits available for families with children with disabilities in Canada?
In addition to the Child Disability Benefit, families may also be eligible for other financial benefits such as the Canada Child Benefit (CCB), Disability Tax Credit (DTC), and various provincial or territorial programs, grants, or tax credits.

7. Can I receive the Child Disability Benefit if I am already receiving other government benefits?
Yes, you can receive the Child Disability Benefit even if you are already receiving other government benefits. The CDB is separate from other benefits, and its eligibility criteria are different. However, the CDB may affect the amount of other benefits you receive, so it’s essential to consider the potential impact when applying for the CDB.