SURREY (NEWS 1130) – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Surrey on Saturday to speak with families about the Canada Child Benefit. Starting July 20, the child benefit is set to increase in order to keep up with the cost of living, following a similar increase last summer.
The increase will mean an extra $350 for a two-parent family with an income of $55,000 and two kids.
Their total benefit for the year will be more than $9,000. The benefit works on a sliding scale, so those who need it most will get more cash. The yearly payments can be as high as $13,000.
The government says this benefit has helped the country hit its lowest-ever child poverty rate.
Later, Trudeau lent his support to a Liberal Party day of action with Surrey MP Sukh Dhaliwal.
Speaking at the rally, Trudeau criticized what he called the politics of attack and negativity and said Canadians tell him they want politicians to bring people together.
With files from Denise Wong.