Canada Child Benefit Helps the Middle Class More Than Low-Income Families: Report

The federal government’s claim of reducing child poverty substantially through its Canada Child Benefit (CCB) doesn’t seem to hold water, a new report suggests. Empirical testing of the claim reveals the cash benefit “skews” toward the middle class rather than helping families mired deeper in poverty, according to the study, “Does the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) Actually Reduce Child Poverty?” published by the Fraser Institute. “One of the stated goals of the Canada Child Benefit was to help lift children out of poverty, but most of the households that benefit from this new program compared to the previous ones were never living in poverty in the first place,” said Professor Christopher Sarlo, a senior fellow at the Fraser Institute and author of the study, in a media release.  In 2016, the federal Liberals replaced two existing child benefit programs—the Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) and Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB)—with the CCB, which provides tax-free …

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