Together, the Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit (AFETC) and the Alberta Child Benefit (ACB) provide approximately $320 million in combined annual benefits to support Alberta families.
The AFETC helps lower- and middle-income working families provide for their children, and provides an incentive for parents to continue working.
The AFETC was enhanced in July 2016, providing an additional $25 million in benefits to working Alberta families with children.
In total, the AFETC provides $147 million in annual benefits to families across the province.
Families with income less than $41,746 per year may also be eligible for the Alberta Child Benefit (ACB).
Both the AFETC and ACB are non-taxable benefits.
You will automatically be considered for the AFETC if you have applied for the federal Canada Child Benefit and you:
are the parent of one or more children under the age of 18
earn a family working income of more than $2,760
earn a family net income of less than:
- $61,111 for families with 1 child
- $78,676 for families with 2 children
- $89,236 for families with 3 children
- $92,736 for families with 4 or more children
You must also:
- be a resident of Alberta for at least one month prior to receiving the credit
- file a tax return
Free tax clinics are available to prepare tax returns for eligible lower-income Albertans.
Working families receiving AISH, Income Support, and the child care subsidy are also eligible to receive the AFETC. The AFETC will not affect eligibility for these programs.
Family working income
Your family's working income is the combined earned income of you and your spouse (if you have one), including income from self-employment. It does not include income from sources such as alimony and child maintenance.
Family net income
Your family's net income (line 236 of your federal income tax) is your family's total income minus:
- your registered pension plan and RRSP contributions
- annual union dues
- child care expenses
- moving and other expenses
How to apply
You're automatically considered for both the AFETC and the ACB is you apply for, or are already enrolled in, the federal government's Canada Child Benefit program
The AFETC program is being administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) on the province’s behalf. Payments will be mailed or direct deposited by CRA in 2 installments:
If you get less than $20 a year for the AFETC, you will receive only one payment for the full year.
What you get
The amount your family receives depends on your annual family working and net income, and how many children you have under the age of 18.
The table below displays the maximum benefit amounts for both the AFETC and ACB
|Number of children||AFETC (max.)||ACB (max.)||Total benefits (max.)|
|4 or more children||$2,038||$2,785||$4,823|
Benefit amounts are phased in on family working income and phased out on family net income.
Use the child and family benefits calculator to find out how much you may be entitled to. Please note, you will need your income tax return to enter specific amounts.
The semi-annual AFETC payment is made at the beginning of the 6-month period. If your family leaves Alberta during the 6-month period that you have already received payment, you will have to return the money you received for those months you were not living in the province.
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For information about other social supports in Alberta, call Alberta Supports at 1-877-644-9992.