Nova Scotia Child Benefit

Nova Scotia is continuing efforts to support people living on lower incomes and reduce childhood poverty in the province.

In July 2023, government is increasing the Nova Scotia Child Benefit (NSCB) amount eligible families receive to help with the cost of raising children under 18 years of age.

The 2023-24 budget announced an increase to the NSCB with changes to take effect 1 July 2023.  Families whose adjusted family net income is below $26,000 will receive $1,525 annually for each child they have, where families whose net income is above $26,000, and below $34,000, will receive $1,525 annually for the first child and half the rate ($762.50) for the second and subsequent children.

The first monthly payment will be issued 20 July 2023, in combination with the federal government's Canada Child Benefit (CCB) payment. Families do not have to apply.

Receipt of the NSCB and CCB is tied to when Nova Scotians choose to file their personal income tax return. For that reason, there may be a delay in payments for newly eligible families or a retroactive correction for those who file after the federal deadline.

Eligibility and Rates (as of July 2023)

Note: chart does not include CCB payments.

Income Family with 1 child Family with 2 children Family with 3 children Each additional child
$0-$25,999 $1,525/year
$26,000-$33,999 $1,525/year