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Nova Scotia Child Benefit getting raised for lower income families

By Caitlin Snow Jun 30, 2023 | 11:12 AM

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For families on a lower income, you are about to receive more on your child benefit.

The province is forking over an additional $8 million, to help more than 22, 750 families who make less than $34, 000 a year.

“Increasing this benefit is another step in helping to reduce child poverty,” said Karla MacFarlane, Minister of Community Services. “When combined with other initiatives like increasing subsidies, basic child dental care and investments in community-based organizations, we are working to improve the lives of children across our province.”

The Nova Scotia Child Benefit is tax-free and helps eligible families with the cost of raising children under 18. You do not have to apply, it is based on personal income tax returns.

Families receiving the benefit will see:
— a $250 increase for the first child and each additional child for families earning less than $26,000
— a $250 increase for the first child and $125 for each additional child for those earning between $26,000 and $33,999

The payment goes into effect in July.

Quick Facts:
— the Nova Scotia Child Benefit year runs from July 1 to June 30 and is based on income information from the previous tax year
— the provincial benefit is combined with the Canada Child Benefit, which is also based on personal income tax returns, so people receive one monthly payment by mail or direct deposit


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