About the: Universal Child Care Benefit

Being a parent is about making choices. Our Conservative Government believes that, when it comes to children, parents know best. That’s why we not only created the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB), but also recently enhanced and expanded it.

Previously, the UCCB provided families with $1,200 per year for each child under the age of six. Now, our Government improved the UCCB so that these families will receive up to $1,920 per year per child under the age of six. We also expanded it so that parents with children aged 6 through 17 will receive up to $720 per year, per child. These changes are effective as of January 1, 2015.

Up To $1,920 per year per child under 6

The UCCB allows parents to decide what is best for their kids. Rather than try to apply a ‘one-size-fitsall’ approach to caregiving, the UCCB lets parents choose how to spend their money. This may be for traditional caregiving costs like daycare or babysitting, or for other costs like program expenses, school supplies, or clothing. Whether that choice is daycare, staying with a relative, or having Mom or Dad stay home, the decision rests with parents.