Overview

The Alberta Child Benefit (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 an estimated 235,000 children in about 130,000 families across the province. Together with the Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit (AFETC), approximately $340 million in combined annual benefits support an estimated 380,000 children in 199,000 families.

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.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the ACB, you must:

  • 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.

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.

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

How to apply

You are automatically considered for both the ACB and the AFETC if you apply for, or are already enrolled in, the federal government’s Canada Child Benefit program.

Apply for Canada Child Benefit

New Canadians

New Canadians (refugee claimants, foreign workers, international students, and permanent residents) may be eligible for the ACB. Newcomers should apply for the Canada Child Benefit and you will receive the ACB and the AFETC if you meet the eligibility criteria for these programs.

Payments

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

  • August
  • November
  • February
  • May

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

The AFETC is paid in July and January.

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:

Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit benefits, family with two children

Resources

Poster (2.6 MB)

Postcard (1.6 MB)

Q&A (0.2 MB)

Contact

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.