NWT Child Benefit

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The Northwest Territories (NWT) Child Benefit provides low-to-modest income families with monthly cash payments to assist with the costs of raising children.

The NWT Child Benefit is a non-taxable benefit that is based on the number and ages of children in a family, as well as your family net income declared in the previous year’s income tax return. The NWT Child Benefit is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) on behalf of the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT).

Available funding

Families with a net income under $30,000 will receive the full benefit. Families with a net family income between $30,000 and $80,000 may receive a portion of the NWT Child Benefit.

The table below shows the maximum annual NWT Child Benefit amount for families, based on the number of children in their care. Depending on your net family income, the amount you receive may be lower.

To estimate how much you may be eligible for, use the CRA Child and Family Calculator. Note: you will be required to enter specific information from your income tax return. The reliability of the results depends on the accuracy of the information you enter.

Number of Children Under the age of 6 Aged 6 to 17
1 child $815 $652
2 children $1,467 $1,174
3 children $1,997 $1,597
4 children $2,445 $1,956
5 children or more $2,445 plus an additional
$367 for each of the 5th
and subsequent child
$1,956 plus an additional
$293 for each of the 5th
and subsequent child


There is no deadline to apply, the NWT Child Benefit is assessed through the Federal Government at tax time.


To be eligible for all or a portion of the NWT Child Benefit, you and your spouse (if applicable) must:

  • be an NWT resident;
  • be a parent or primary caregiver of one or more children under the age of 18 who live with you;
  • have a family net income of less than $80,000 per year; and
  • file an income tax return every year.

How to apply

You do not need to apply for the NWT Child Benefit.

If you are already enrolled in the Canada Child Benefit program and meet the eligibility criteria listed above, you will automatically qualify for the NWT Child Benefit.

The NWT Child Benefit is included in your monthly Canada Child Benefit payment issued by the Government of Canada. Payments are typically issued on the 20th of each month. To see the current payment schedule click here.

For more information on the Canada Child Benefit or to apply, please click here.

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