Child Disability Benefit (CDB)

The Child Disability Benefit (CDB) is a tax-free benefit for families who care for a child under the age of 18 who’s eligible for the disability tax credit. This monthly amount is paid to those who’re also eligible for the Canada child benefit (CCB) and as a supplement to the Children’s special allowances (CSA).

Note: To be eligible for the disability tax credit, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) must have form T2201: Disability Tax Credit Certificate on file for the child certifying that the they have a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions.


How do I apply for the CDB?

If you’re eligible for the Canada child benefit and your child has a severe or prolonged impairment, send a completed and signed T2201 form to your tax centre. Keep in mind, your doctor will need to complete portions of this form. The CRA will determine whether or not you’re eligible for the disability tax credit and the CDB amount.

If you qualify for the CDB, it will be calculated automatically for the current and the two previous CCB benefit years. Beyond these benefit years, you’ll need to send a written request to the appropriate tax centre or tax services office.


How much will I get?

For the period of July 2016 to June 2017, the CDB provides up to $2,730 per year ($227.50 per month) for each child who is eligible for the disability tax credit. This amount starts being reduced when the adjusted family net income is more than $65,000. Visit the CRA website for more information on how the child disability benefit is calculated.