Together, the Alberta Child Benefit (ACB) and the Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit (AFETC) provide approximately $340 million in combined annual benefits to support 380,000 children in 199,000 families.

The ACB provides direct financial assistance to lower-income families with children under 18 who have a family net income less than $41,220 per year.

The ACB provides $195 million in annual benefits to 235,000 children in 130,000 families across the province.

Working families may also be eligible for the enhanced Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit (AFETC).

Both the ACB and the AFETC are non-taxable benefits.


You will automatically be enrolled for both the ACB and the AFETC if you are enrolled for the federal government’s Canada Child Benefit and also meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • be a parent of one or more children under the age of 18
  • have a family net income less than $41,220 per year
  • be a resident of Alberta for at least one month prior to receiving the credit
  • have filed a tax return.

Free tax clinics are available to prepare returns for eligible lower-income Albertans.

Families receiving AISH, Income Support, and the child care subsidy are also eligible to receive the ACB. The ACB will not affect eligibility for these programs.

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Payments will be mailed or direct deposited in as many as 4 installments:

  • August
  • November
  • February
  • May

The first payment will be in August 2016.

If you are eligible for less than $40 a year for the ACB, you will receive either biannual or annual payments.

What you get

The amount your family receives under ACB will depend on income level and how many children you have under the age of 18.

  • $1,100 maximum for families with one child
  • $2,760 maximum for families with four or more children

Families with net income of up to $25,500 will receive the maximum benefits under the ACB. Benefits begin to phase out above this income level and are fully phased out once family net income reaches $41,220.

The table below displays the maximum benefit amounts for a working family receiving both the ACB and AFETC.

Maximum benefit amounts

Number of children ACB (max.) AFETC (max.) Total benefits (max.)
1 child $1,100 $763 $1,863
2 children $1,650 $1,457 $3,107
3 children $2,200 $1,873 $4,073
4 or more children $2,750 $2,012 $4,762

Benefit amounts are phased in and out based on income level. For a working family with two children, the amount received from ACB and AFETC would look something like this:

ACB and AFETC benefits, family with two children


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Contact this service

Canada Revenue Agency
1-800-959-2809 (toll-free)

For information about other social supports in Alberta, call Alberta Supports at 1-877-644-9992.