Are privately sponsored refugee families with children eligible for a child tax benefit when they arrive?

Yes, sponsored refugee families with children are eligible for a child tax benefit when they get to Canada. The Canada child benefit (CCB) is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). It is a tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help with the cost of raising children under 18 years of age.

Refugees should apply as soon as they arrive in Canada. It may take up to two months to process the application.