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Canada Workers Benefit

Canada Workers Benefit

By Nizam Shajani, CPA, CA, MBA

The Canada Workers Benefit is refundable tax credit that assists low income workers as a work incentive.

Who Receive the Benefit?

To be eligible for the CCB, you must meet all of the following conditions;

  • You were a resident of Canada throughout the year
  • You earned income from employment or business
  • At the end of the year, you were 19 years of age or older

Who Cannot Receive the Benefit?

The following would not allow you to qualify for the CCB;

  • You were enrolled as a full-time student for more than 13 weeks in the year, unless you had an eligible dependent at the end of the year
  • You were confined to a prison for a period of at least 90 days during the year
  • You or a family member were exempt from income tax in Canada


How much?

There is a bit of a calculation required to determine how much you could get.

If you have a spouse or an eligible dependent, you may receive the basic CWB for family income less than $36,075.

If you do not have a spouse or eligible dependent, you may receive the basic CWB if your income is less than $25,308.

Income level criteria change where you are eligible for the disability tax credit.

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