These are the benefit cheques coming in December in Ontario

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Published December 1, 2023 at 10:02 am

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As we head into the holiday season, most people can use some extra cash and some Ontario residents may have a benefit cheque or two coming this month.

The Ontario Trillium benefit, Canada Child benefit, Old Age Security and Canada Pension Plan all have payments due in December.

The Ontario Trillium benefit is one of the last payments of 2023 and should arrive around Dec. 8, if you are eligible. It will come automatically if you have a direct bank deposit set up with Canada Revenue. If not, a cheque should arrive in the mail.

The benefit is the combined payment of the Ontario energy and property tax credit, the Northern Ontario energy credit, and the Ontario sales tax credit, according to the Canada Revenue Agency.

The Ontario energy and property tax credit is designed to help low- to moderate-income Ontario residents with the sales tax on energy and with property taxes.

The amount you receive is determined through your income tax and depends on your age, income, rent and energy costs and other factors. The maximum benefit (split into 12 payments) is $1,194 for non-seniors and $1,360 for seniors.

The Ontario sales tax credit is a tax-free payment designed to provide relief to low- to moderate-income Ontario residents for the sales tax they pay.

The payments are determined through income tax statements and can be up to $324 annually for each adult and each child in a family.

The Canada Child benefit should arrive on Dec. 13 for those eligible. This is a monthly payment made to eligible families to help with the cost of raising children under 18 years of age.

The Old Age Security and Canada Pension Plan payments are issued on Dec. 20.

For more information on government benefits, see the Canada Revenue page here.

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