Child support is the payment that one parent pays to the other for the care and upbringing of their child or children.The amount of money that the parent pays is determined by Child Support Guidelines which are established by Canadian law. The following online booklet outlines Child Support Guidelines and helps you estimate what an appropriate amount of child support would likely be in your situation. It also provides resources to help you to come to an agreement with the father of your child: www.justice.gc.ca/eng/pi/fcy-fea
For more information, contact the Department of Justice Canada’s Family Law
Information Line: 1-888-373-2222
Maternity & Parental Leave
Weekly benefits can be claimed up to eight weeks before the expected date of birth or within 17 weeks after the child is born. Contact Service Canada to find out about your most advantageous date to file your claim in order to receive the maximum maternity benefits. www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/ei/types/special.shtml
Canada Child Tax Benefit
The CCTB is a non-taxable amount paid monthly to help eligible families with the cost of raising children under 18 years of age. It may also include the National Child Benefit Supplement and the Child Disability Benefit. Find out more and apply online at:
The Universal Childcare Benefit
The UCCB helps Canadian families through direct financial support. It is for children under the age of six years and is paid in installments of $100 per month per child.
Find out more and apply online at: www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts
Newfoundland & Labrador Child Benefit
This benefit provides a refundable tax credit to low- and moderate-income families with dependent children under age 18. www.hrle.gov.nl.ca/hrle/income-support/child.html
Child Care Subsidy Program
This program helps parents or guardians pay for child care in a licensed child care centre or a regulated family child care home. www.hrle.gov.nl.ca/hrle/poverty/guidebook/financial.html#childcare
Mother Baby Nutrition Supplement
This is a monthly benefit for low income pregnant mothers and families with children under the age of one to help with the cost of food during pregnancy and infancy.
Progressive Family Growth Benefit
This benefit provides $1,000 to individual- als and families who have a baby or adopt.
Housing, Shelter & Home
Newfoundland Labrador Housing provides affordable rental housing to individuals and families with low income.
Parental Support Benefit
This is a $100 monthly benefit for up to twelve months that starts when a child is born or adopted. www.hrle.gov.nl.ca/hrle/poverty/guideboo k/financial.html#psb
Family Life Bureau
The Family Life Bureau in co-operation with community agencies reaches out to families and individuals , through a wide variety of programs and counseling services.
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Family Resource Centres
Family resource centres provide a variety of community-based activities and resources for children and families that emphasize early childhood development and parenting support.
“There are many services offered by individuals and organizations that exist to assist a new mother. The following is a list of just a few:
A Healthy Pregnancy is in Your Hands
The Public Health Agency of Canada provides resources and information to expectant mothers about ensuring a healthy pregnancy. www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/hp- gs/index- eng.php
Health Canada provides information to expectant mothers to help them take care of their health before, during and after pregnancy.
Newfoundland & Labrador Perinatal Program
A program that provides valuable information to pregnant women and promotes infant health.
Prenatal & Postnatal Services
Provincial programs and initiatives that promote healthy pregnancy, infancy, and birth, improve parenting and family supports and strengthen early childhood development.
La Leche League Canada
A group to encourage, promote and provide mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and educational opportunities.
The Doula Collective of Newfoundland and Labrador
A doula is a trained professional that provides continual labour support for birthing mothers and their partners. A doula can help shorten labour, reduce the need for a caesarean or medications and enhance bonding.
Relational Support for Young Mothers
A website that supports young mothers, helping them feel like they are not alone in their experiences and providing them with a complete picture of what life as a teen/young mom is like.
Monitor Your Baby’s Development
This is an excellent online resource offering information on pregnancy, fetal development, FAQs and much more!
Contact your local community services branch to find out about services offered in your area such as pre-natal classes, instruction on breastfeeding, nutritional information or drop-in educational sessions with childcare provided.
For a complete list of helpful services available in your own province, visit:
Centre for Life
If you are pregnant or may think you are pregnant you are probably feeling a little scared and unsure of what you should do right now. You need to have an opportunity to share your thoughts and concerns with someone who will listen to you and provide clear , concise and compassionate information in a confidential and non-judgemental manner. Our support team are here and ready to assist you.