May 15, 2012
A new federal-provincial automated service gives Alberta parents the convenient option of applying for Canada Child Benefits at the same time as they register their newborn by simply filling out one form — the registration of birth.
“We are always looking at ways to improve and integrate services for Canadians,” said Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue. “This new initiative will help simplify things for new parents who have more important things on their mind than filling out forms.”
The new service, which began on May 14, is a partnership between the Canada Revenue Agency and the Government of Alberta.
“The arrival of a new baby is exciting but it can often be overwhelming for parents,” said Service Alberta Minister Manmeet Bhullar. “We are making things easier by reducing red tape and duplication — these changes to the newborn registration process reflect our commitment to improve services for all Albertans.”
The new automated service lets parents combine four separate applications into one, giving them access to federal programs such as the Canada Child Tax Benefit, the Universal Child Care Benefit, the GST credit and the Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit.
The automated benefits service complements Alberta’s existing birth registration process, which allows parents of newborns to use a single application to apply for their child’s birth registration and social insurance number.
For more information, visit Service Alberta’s website at servicealberta.gov.ab.ca.
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