Arriving in a new country and settling in can be overwhelming. Govt of Canada has a great benefits system to help in Transition when you don’t have a source of income as a newcomer. It takes 8 to 12 weeks to process the application once you have submitted it depending on the flow of applications that are in process. You should apply for the following benefits as soon as you land and you are here to stay.
Most of the people do the soft landing, take PR and then go back to home countries to wind up. In that case, apply when you come here again to stay.
However, to continue getting the benefits you need to do your taxes and then based on your family income your future amount of benefits will be decided by the government.
Canada Child Benefit
Canada Child Benefit is simple, tax-free and targeted to those who need it the most. On average, families benefitting from the CCB receive about $6,800 in CCB payments annually. Again to mention clearly the amount you get per child depends on your family income. Here are the details and how you can apply.
The goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) credit is a tax-free quarterly payment that helps individuals and families with low incomes offset all or part of the GST or HST that they pay on different things. The amount again depends if your status is single or married and how much is your family income. You can get up to $580 per year if your family has a low or modest income. Find the details here.
Child Disability Benefit
It is especially for those families who care for a child under age 18 with a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions. Read the details here.