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child tax credit

Due to the budget in 2016, the Canadian government will phase out the children’s fitness and arts
tax credits:

  • Effective for the 2016 taxation year, the maximum eligible amount per child will be reduced to
    $500 from $1,000 for the children’s fitness tax credit (which will remain refundable for 2016) and
    to $250 from $500 for the children’s arts tax credit. The supplemental amounts for children eligible
    for the disability tax credit will remain at $500 for both credits for 2016.
  • Effective for the 2017 and subsequent taxation years, both credits will be eliminated.

Eligible activities for the children’s arts tax credit include artistic or cultural activities such as art classes, 
piano lessons, and tutoring, as well as other activities that are intended to improve a child’s dexterity or

Disability Tax Credit Eligibility for Canadians with Dyslexia

However, there are still some other child care benefits offered by the government:


Child disability benefit: 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 tax credit. Child and family benefits: Child and family benefits are
payments meant to help individuals and families. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers these
payments and related provincial and territorial programs. Children with special needs up to the age of 18 who
are in a regulated child care program (either family child care or a child care centre) may be eligible for a subsidy.
The local Consolidated Municipal Service Manager (CMSM) may also provide additional funds to providers to help
support the inclusion of children with special needs in their program. Providers are responsible for applying for
this extra support.

Financial Support for Child Care in Ontario
Provincial Arts Tax Credits in Ontario 

British Columbia

BC has established the Supported Child Development (SCD) program for children 0-12 with disabilities. This
program is free of charge and assists families and child care providers to fully include children needing extra
support in typical child care settings.Services include individualized planning, training, information and resources,
referrals to other specialized services and when required, staffing supports. SCDP programs have Local Advisory
Committees (LACs) that involve parents and other key community and government partners in program planning,
decision-making, and service delivery. 

Financial Assistance for Child Care in BC: A child care subsidy or allowance is available to help low income families in
B.C. with the cost of child care:

  • Families that earn $40,000 or less should apply – families that earn up to $55,000 may also be eligible


Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) may provide parents with additional funding for child care. An 
application form and additional information about FSCD
 are available online.
Alberta Child Benefit (ACB) All lower-income families with children may be eligible to get financial aid to help
provide a better quality of life for their children.

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