DSC00184Vancouver: Nine out of ten Canadian families will benefit more from the Trudeau government’s Canada Child Benefit, said Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, while meeting with families in his Vancouver South riding.

Announced as part of Budget 2016, Vancouver families should begin receiving monthly Canada Child Benefit cheques in July. The Liberal government’s Canada Child Benefit will provide a maximum annual benefit of up to $6,400 per child under the age of 6 and up to $5,400 per child aged 6 through 17.

“Raising a family is hard, rewarding work, and the Canada Child Benefit will make it a little easier for Vancouver families to grow and thrive,” said Minister Sajjan, who is also the Member of Parliament for Vancouver South. “As a result of the Trudeau Government’s policy, about 300,000 fewer Canadian children will be living in poverty this year.”

Announced as part of the Trudeau Government’s December 2015 tax cut for middle class families, the Canada Child Benefit is tax-free, targeted to benefit those who need it most, and more generous than the program it replaces.

Vancouver families will see an average increase in child benefits of almost $2,300 per year.

To recognize the additional costs of caring for a child with a severe disability, the Child Disability Benefit will provide families an additional amount of up to $2,730 per eligible child with the Disability Tax Credit.

“I’m pleased to be part of a government that recognizes the hard work done by parents and grandparents to raise the next generation of Canadians,” concluded Minister Sajjan.

To calculate the benefit your family will receive, visit www.canada.ca/canada-child-benefit.