Indigenous children on reserves miss out on child benefit


The first monthly Canada child benefit cheques, worth up to $533 per child, went out to more than 3 million homes Wednesday.

But because 18-year-old Chantal Perrault has never filed a tax return, her 5-month-old baby Harlow is missing out.

“Wow, that is a lot of money. It would buy a lot of baby formula,” she said in a phone interview from Red Gut First Nation reserve near Fort Frances, Ont., where she lives in band housing with Harlow’s father, grandparents and two cousins.


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