The Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit (NLCB)

The Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit (NLCB) is a provincial tax credit paid monthly to help low-income families with the cost of raising children under 18 years of age.

If your family net income is below $17,397, you will receive the full benefit. However, the benefit amount will be reduced if your family net income is between $17,397 and $25,385. This amount is based on your family net income from the previous year.

The NLCB payments are calculated using the following information:

  • The number of children who live with you,
  • The ages of your children, and
  • Your family net income.

Payments run from July of one year to June of the next year and are issued by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Payments are re-calculated every July based on your family net income from the previous year. Your net income is the amount from line 236 of your income tax return. Your family net income is your net income plus the net income of your spouse or common-law partner, if applicable.

How Much NLCB Can I Receive?

For July 2018 to June 2019, you may be entitled to a benefit of:

  • $33.75 per month for the first child;
  • $35.83 per month for the second child;
  • $38.50 per month for the third child; and
  • $41.33 per month for each additional child.

Mother Baby Nutrition Supplement (MBNS)

In addition, the Mother Baby Nutrition Supplement (MBNS) is an additional benefit paid to qualifying families who have children under one year of age or if you are pregnant. Under the MBNS, you may be entitled to a benefit of $60 per month (additional $90 during the month of child’s birth) for each child under one year of age depending on your family net income.

For more information, visit the Child Benefit FAQ or the federal Child & Family Benefits section at CRARA.

Quick Facts – Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefits

  • The NLCB helps approximately 10,000 low-income families.
  • Became effective in July 1999.
  • The amount received is based on family size and income.
  • Families leaving Income Support for work keep their NLCB and other Child Benefits.
  • This benefit does not affect Income Support entitlement.
  • This benefit is combined with the federal child benefits into a single monthly payment.
  • You must file an income tax return each year to verify eligibility for the NLCB and Canada Child Benefit (CCB).

For more information about the Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit, please contact:

Tax and Fiscal Analysis Division

Department of Finance
5 Mews Place
P.O. Box 8700
St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6
Tel: (709) 729-3166
Fax: (709) 729-0393