More Help for Families

We will give families more time and money to help raise their kids.

For parents, nothing is more important than spending time with their kids. But raising a family can be expensive – especially in the early years when many moms and dads are earning less, but baby gear and childcare costs more.

Building on the successful Canada Child Benefit (CCB)–which gives more money every month to nine out of 10 families and helped lift 300,000 children out of poverty – we will move forward with the next steps in helping families make ends meet.

We will:

  • give up to $1,000 more to families to help when the costs of raising kids are highest, by boosting the CCB by 15 per cent for children under the age of one;
  • make sure families get more money right away, by making maternity and parental benefits tax-free; and
  • make paid leave fairer for families, by introducing a 15-week leave for adoptive parents–including LGBTQ2 families – so they get the same benefits to help care for their kids as everyone else.

With these changes, a family of two earning $90,000, who are just about to have a child and already qualify for Employment Insurance benefits,can expect to receive about $2,300 more tax-free, to help to make sure their child gets the best possible start in life.

We will also move forward with Guaranteed Paid Family Leave – an ambitious program that will make sure that parents who don’t qualify for paid leave through Employment Insurance, or who don’t get enough because they’re between jobs, earn little, or haven’t worked enough hours, will receive a guaranteed income during the first year of their child’s life. This will be especially helpful for women, who typically carry more family responsibilities, and will mean that every single Canadian parent will be able to afford to spend the first year at home with their child, when it matters most.

Residents of Quebec will receive a comparable benefit for the portion of federal taxes they pay as part of the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan, and we will ensure that Guaranteed Paid Family Leave is integrated effectively with Quebec’s provincial parental benefits system, which the province will continue to run itself.