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Child Disability Benefit (CDB)

The Child Disability Benefit (CDB) is a tax-free benefit for families who care for a child under age 18 who is eligible for the disability amount.

A child is eligible for the disability amount when a qualified practitioner certifies, on Form T2201, Disability Tax Credit Certificate, that the child has a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions, and the CRA approves the form.

The CDB is paid monthly to the Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) eligible individuals and also as a supplement to the Children's Special Allowances (CSA).

  1. What is the Child Disability Benefit?
  2. When is the Child Disability Benefit payment issued?
  3. Who can receive the Child Disability Benefit?
  4. My child has a disability. Is my child eligible?
  5. How do I apply for the Child Disability Benefit?
  6. How is the Child Disability Benefit calculated?
  7. How much income can I earn and still be entitled to the Child Disability Benefit?

Forms and publications - Child and Family Benefits