Nova Scotia Child Benefit

Nova Scotia is continuing efforts to support people living on lower incomes.

In July 2020, government will expand the Nova Scotia Child Benefit to include more families, while also raising the amount eligible families receive.

The $18 million investment, included in the 2020-21 budget, is the largest single increase to the benefit since it was created in 1998.

Families with incomes below $34,000 will now be eligible. Previously, only those earning $26,000 or less qualified. The amount will also increase from $625 per year to $925 annually for the first child for all eligible families.

The first monthly payment will be issued July 20, 2020 in combination with the federal government’s increase to the Canada Child Benefit payment. Families do not have to apply.

Receipt of the NSCB and CCB is tied to when Nova Scotians choose to file their personal income tax return. For that reason, there may be a delay in payments for newly eligible families or a retroactive correction for those who file after the federal deadline.

Eligibility and Rates (as of July 2020)

Note: chart does not include CCB payments.

Income Family with 1 child Family with 2 children Family with 3 children Each additional child
$0-$25,999 $925/year
$77.08/month
$1,750/year
$145.83/month
$2,650/year
$220.83/month
+$900/child/year
+$75/child/month
$26,000-$33,999 $925/year
$77.08/month
$1,337.50/year
$111.46/month
$1,787.50/year
$148.96/month
+$450/child/year
+$37.50/child/month