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Child Benefit Application Deadline Extended

05/04/15

The federal government has extended the deadline for Canadian parents to apply for the monthly Universal Child Care Benefit until May 15.

The previous deadline was May 1.

The government said approximately 200,000 families with children have not registered for the cash.

Pierre Poilievre, minister of employment and social development, announced the extension Friday in Winnipeg where about 4,500 families haven't registered for the UCCB.

This year, the government hiked the benefit with families able to receive $2,000 per year for each child under six and $720 per year for each child aged six through 17.

Parents are slated to receive the extra cash in July, with payments retroactive from the beginning of the year.

Families registered for the UCCB by May 15 will receive their payment by July, the government said.

-Postmedia Network