The Canada Child Tax Benefit

Scenario: Charlie and Liz came to Canada last September. They are refugee claimants because they received death threats in their native country. They got married six years ago in Europe. Charlie and Liz have two children together. Their oldest child is Juan Andres. Juan Andres is four years old and he is a refugee claimant…

Applying for social assistance at ages 16 and 17

Christine is 16 years old. She lives with her mother in Torontoand her father lives in Vancouverwith his family.  Christine’s mother suffers from an alcohol addiction, and usually when she is drunk, she gives Christine physical punishment. Also, Christine’s mother is abusing Christine emotionally, talking to her with coarse language and calling her offensive names. …