The government of Canada has announced it will be expanding the federal Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB). Parents with children under 6 will now receive $160 each month (up from $100) and parents with children aged 6 to 17 will receive $60 per month. The government’s position is this will help families with children make ends meet. Their preference is to give parents more money in their pockets, and allow them to choose how they spend their child care dollars.
The cynical political observers notes the Conservative government will begin sending out cheques for the new expanded benefits just 100 days before the next federal election. Parents have been earning this money as of January 1, 2015, but the program was expanded specifically so the money would start flowing in July.
For more information on the Universal Child Care Benefit, visit the CRA website.