NWT Child Benefit

Starting July 1, 2017, the Northwest Territories Child Benefit program (NWTCB) was enhanced to provide more non-taxable benefits to low income families with children under the age of eighteen.

The NWTCB provides benefits to families based on the number of children and their ages, and family net income declared in the previous year’s income tax return.

Families with annual net income under $30,000 will receive the full child benefit. The benefit will start to be phased out when family income exceeds $30,000, and will be eliminated when family income reaches $80,000. The structure of the NWTCB is shown in the figure below.

The NWTCB continues to be administered by the Canada Revenue Agency, and is included with monthly Canada Child Benefit payments.

The annual NWTCB is calculated as follows:

  • If A is less than or equal to B:
             NWTCB = C + D
  • If A is greater than B:
                           NWTCB = (C + D) – (A – B)(C + D)
                                                              (E – B)


  1. A is family net income
  2. B is the minimum income threshold of $30,000
  3. E is the maximum income threshold of $80,000
  4. C and D are benefit levels shown in the following table:

Number of Children

Under the age of 6


Aged 6 to 17


1 child



2 children



3 children



4 children



5 children or more

$2,445 plus an additional $367 for each of the 5th and subsequent children

$1,956 plus an additional $293 for each of the 5th and subsequent children

Further information on the National Child Benefit