Canadian Citizen Benefits

1. Medicare

A Canadian citizen or permanent resident may apply for public health insurance. Because of the provincial and federal taxation system, all provinces and territories will provide most health-care and emergency medical services, even if you do not have a government health card. Restrictions apply depending on immigration status.

3. EI Parental Benefits

EI Parental Benefits are offered to parents who are caring for a newborn or newly adopted child or children. Standard parental benefits can be paid for a period of 35 weeks with 55% of the claimant’s average weekly insurable earnings up to a maximum amount and extended parental benefits can be paid for a period of 61 weeks with 33% of claimants’ average weekly earnings up to a max amount.

5. Canada Child Benefit

The Canada child benefit (CCB) is a tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help them with the cost of raising children under 18 years of age. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) uses information from your income tax and benefit return to calculate how much your CCB payments will be.

2. Visa-free Privilege

Visa requirements for Canadian Citizens are administrative entry restrictions by the authorities of other states placed on citizens of Canada. As of February 2018, Canadian citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 176 countries and territories, ranking the Canadian passport 5th in terms of travel freedom according to the Henley Passport Index.

4. EI Maternity Benefits

EI maternity benefits are offered to biological mothers, including surrogate mothers, who cannot work because they are pregnant or have recently given birth. A maximum of 15 weeks of EI maternity benefits is available. Effective December 3, 2017, the 15 weeks can start as early as 12 weeks before the expected date of birth, and can end as late as 17 weeks after the actual date of birth.

6. Canada Pension Plan

When the contributor reaches the normal retirement age of 65, the CPP provides regular pension benefit payments to the contributor. Currently, this is equal to 25% of the earnings on which CPP contributions were made over the entire working life of a contributor from age 18 to 65 in constant dollars.