The Canada Child Tax Benefit and Canada Child Benefit help eligible families with the cost of raising children. The primary caregiver of the children is entitled to collect these benefits. Following a separation or divorce however, determining who is the primary caregiver and who is entitled to these benefits can be a confusing and messy exercise. Chartered Accountant, Tim Cestnick, provides further insight into this issue in a recent article published in the Globe and Mail.
The Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench declared that the current definition of “parent” and related provisions in Manitoba’s Family Maintenance Act violate the equality rights guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.