PEI

Check your bank account for child benefit, urges Island MP

Cardigan MP and P.E.I.'s representative in the federal cabinet Lawrence MacAulay is urging P.E.I. families to check their bank accounts to ensure they have received the new national child benefit.

'I just want to be sure that the ones that really need it, get it'

The federal government says nine out of ten families will see more money in their bank accounts every month because of new child benefit plan. (Skip O'Rourke/Tampa Bay Times via Associated Press)

Cardigan MP and P.E.I.'s representative in the federal cabinet Lawrence MacAulay is urging P.E.I. families to check their bank accounts to ensure they have received the child benefit. 

The Liberal government's new national child benefit program came into effect Wednesday.

It gives the average Canadian family about $2,000 a year. Low-income families will be able to collect more than $6,000 per year per child.

Families must file tax returns to receive benefit

MacAulay is worried some people don't realize that they must file income tax returns in order to receive the money.

He noted that's why it's so important that people check their accounts to make sure they have received the money and are part of the program.

Federal cabinet minister Lawrence MacAulay wants to ensure families that need the help, are getting it. (CBC)

"It is so important for families under $30,000," said MacAulay. "They will get $6,400 per child, non-taxable. So that is a big boost for families who I know can certainly use it."

If you haven't received it, contact your MP

MacAulay urged that anyone who has not received the money take the steps to get it.

"This is a big help for them and it's important that they receive the funds," he said.

Anyone who has not gotten the money and needs help tapping into the program should contact their MP's office right away, said MacAulay.

"I just want to be sure that the ones that really need it, get it."