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Income Security Programs

NWT Child Benefit

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

The NWTCB is a non-taxable benefit that is based on the number and ages of children in a family, as well as your net income.

Changes in 2017

As a part of our focus of raising NWT children out of poverty and providing more assistance to NWT families, the Department of Education, Culture and Employment in partnership with the Department of Finance, made changes to the NWTCB and increased benefits to better support low-to-modest income families with children. These changes were effective July 2017.

We estimate that more than 2,200 families are benefitting from these changes.


  • To be eligible for all or part of the NWTCB, you:
  • are a parent or primary caregiver of one or more children under the age of 18 who live with you
  • have an adjusted family net income of less than $80,000 per year
  • are a resident of the NWT
  • file an income tax return every year

How to Apply

The NWTCB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) on behalf of the GNWT. If you apply for, or are already enrolled in the federal government’s Canada Child Benefit program and have an adjusted family net income below $80,000, you are automatically considered for the NWTCB.

Apply for the Canada Child Benefit


Monthly benefits for eligible families are automatically attached to the Canada Child Benefit payment received from the federal government. Payments are normally made on the 20th of each month. To see the current payment schedule click here.

To receive the NWTCB, you must file your income tax return every year, even if you did not have income. If you have a spouse or common-law partner, they must also file a return every year. Direct deposit is available through the CRA for this and other benefits. For more information or instructions on how to set-up deposits directly into your bank account, visit the CRA website.

What you will receive

The amount of NWTCB you receive is based on your net family income as well as the number and ages of the children in your care.

The NWTCB is paid to all eligible families with a net family income of $30,000. Families with a net family income between $30,000 and $80,000 may receive a portion of the NWTCB.

Maximum Benefit Amounts

The table below shows the maximum annual NWTCB 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 are eligible for, use the Child and Family benefits calculator. Please note, you will require your income tax return to enter specific amounts.


For additional information on apply for the benefit, please visit the how to apply section on the CRA's website.