Sunday, April 26, 2015
Are You Getting Your Share?
Feds looking for hundreds of thousands of families
Released by the Gov't of Canada
n estimated 560 families with children in Peterborough are eligible to receive money under the Harper Government's proposed enhanced Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB), but are at risk of not receiving the benefit unless they apply.
The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development, today asked for help from the media and the public to encourage families to apply for the benefit.
The majority of families with children, approximately 3.8 million, are known and will automatically receive the enhanced UCCB or be contacted by the Government to confirm their information. However, many eligible families are not currently captured by the Government's UCCB system and may miss out on receiving money that is owed to them unless they apply. In 2015 alone, this represents potentially millions of dollars in unclaimed benefits.
"We want to ensure that every family with children receives the enhanced Universal Child Care Benefit. If you've got kids under 18, you qualify. It doesn't matter how much you make or the type of child care you choose. Apply now so you can receive the money that is owed to you," said Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development, in a release Saturday.
Under the proposed enhancements to the UCCB, families would receive almost $2,000 per year for each child under 6 and $720 per year for each child aged 6 through 17. The new benefit amounts would be retroactive to January 1, 2015 and be reflected in monthly payments to families in July 2015. The proposed enhancements to the UCCB are expected to more than double the number of families that benefit from 1.6 million to more than 4 million.
If your family is not currently receiving the UCCB, has never received the UCCB, or has never applied for the Canada Child Tax Benefit and you still have children under 18 in your care, please go to www.canada.ca/taxsavings in order to find out how you can apply.
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