Nova Scotia Child Benefit to expand in July

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The provincial government says the Nova Scotia Child Benefit is expanding in July to include more families and increase payments.

The $18 million investment was included in the 2020-21 budget.

Families with incomes below $34,000 will now be eligible, up from the previous threshold of $26,000.

The amount will also increase from $625 per year to $925 annually for the first child for all eligible families.

For each additional child, families will receive between $412 and $900 annually depending on income level.

Government says the first monthly payment will be issued July 20th in combination with the federal government's increase to the Canada Child Benefit payment.

The province says the expanded child benefit will support an additional 6,100 families, including 10,000 more children.

Families do not have to apply.