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.

GST/HST Credit

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.

To see what other financial assistance programs you are eligible for, go check the details here or visit your nearest Newcomers center.



  1. I really feel that your posts are really very helpful.I am planning to migrate within 2 to 3 years so it will surely be very helpful for me in future.Thanks for your effort.

    • ayeshaazeem Reply

      Thanks Maha. I m glad you found it helpful. Best of luck

  2. These benefits really helps new comers with no source of income.

  3. You are doing a great job… Many people doesn’t think for others or want them to take advantages.. hats off to you

  4. I love the way you give words to expressions, feelings, gestures and emotions… That’s a rare quality in writers these days.. Keep up the good work 💕

    • ayeshaazeem Reply

      Thanks Naila for reading and leaving a comment. this encourages me to write more

  5. This is great info and will be really helpful for new immigrants or even those who might be planning to move to Canada.

  6. Sidra Choudhry Reply

    Great insightful information. Thanks for sharing ☺️

  7. Saniya hayder Reply

    Thanks for your help ayesha u always support everyone big fan of yours

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