CAIP Payment Dates 2023: Climate Action Incentive Payment

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The impact of pollution on the environment is well documented. It is on this background that the Canadian government has spent over $100 billion to tackle this challenge since 2016.

While other provinces and territories in Canada have their carbon pollution pricing systems, the Climate Action Incentive Payment (CAIP) serves as the equivalent for Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.

The reason is that these four provinces don’t have a carbon pollution pricing system that meets the benchmark of the federal government.

As a result, the federal government, through the CRA, administers the CAIP under the federal carbon pollution pricing system.

If you’re a resident of any of these provinces, you can receive up to 90% of direct fuel proceeds through CAIP and a 10% supplement if you reside in a small or rural community.

The fundamental question to ask here is: Who is eligible for the CAIP? How much exactly will you get from CAIP? What are the CAIP payment dates for 2023?

Answers to these and a lot of other related questions have been provided in this article.


CAIP Payment Dates 2023

The following are the CAIP (Climate Action Incentive Payment) schedule/dates for 2023:

QuarterCAIP Payment Date 
1st quarter January 13, 2023
2nd quarter April 14, 2023
3rd quarter July 14, 2023
Fourth quarter October 13, 2023

The CAIP payment is scheduled and paid quarterly, usually around April, July, October and January of the following year. 

If you didn’t receive your entitled payment after 10 working days from the payment date, you should contact the CRA immediately.


What is the Climate Action Incentive Payment (CAIP)?

The Climate Action Incentive Payment (CAIP) is a tax-free benefit funded through the proceeds of the federal carbon pollution pricing. The proceeds are administered as a quarterly benefit to the residents of Manitoba, Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

CAIP consists of two benefits, basic amount (90% of direct proceeds) and supplement (10% of direct proceeds). Eligibility for these benefits varies as discussed in the subsequent parts of this article. 

Before now, the proceeds from the climate pollution pricing were administered through the Climate Action Incentive (CAI). At that time, the benefit was only claimed on income tax returns. That is, it was a refundable tax credit.

However, the federal government replaced the CAI in 2021 with CAIP. With this development, the carbon proceeds are now disbursed directly to eligible individual accounts every quarter. Nevertheless, you must still file your tax returns to receive the CAIP payment.


Climate Action Incentive Eligibility

First, you must reside in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or New Brunswick on the last day of the previous month and the first day of the payment month to qualify for the CAIP. 

In addition, you must meet a minimum of one of the following requirements within the aforementioned period to be eligible for the payment: 

  • Reach the age of 19 or older
  • Have/had a spouse or partner
  • Be a parent with a child (presently or in the past)

However, not every child is eligible for the program at the beginning of the payment month. The following are the conditions that determine the eligibility of your child:

  • Have an under 19-year child 
  • Be the primary caregiver of the child
  • Live with the child
  • Enrolled your child in the CCB payment

Once your child is receiving the Canada child benefit (CCB), the payment will be combined with your CAIP payment. 

Not yet registered your child for the CCB? Check out this Canada Child Benefit (CCB) guide to learn how to get started. 

That said, the CAIP payment will be shared 50/50 if you share child/children custody with your spouse. 


How Much is Climate Action Incentive For 2023/2024?

How much CAIP you will receive depends on four factors – your province, marital status, family size and number of children under the age of 18.

The following are the CAIP payment structure for the 2023-2024 payment period:

Maximum Payment Amount For a Family of Four:

Family SizeAlbertaManitobaOntarioSaskatchewanNewfoundland and LabradorNova Scotia Prince Edward IslandNew Brunswick
1st adult$772$528$488$680$164$124$120$92
2nd adult$386$264$244$340$82$62$60$46
1st child$193$132$122$170$41$31$30$23
2nd child (under 19)$386$264$244$340$82$62$60$46
Total$1,737$1,196$1,098$1,530$369$279$270$207

Note: For single parents, the payment starts with the second child.

It is worth noting that all the above payments are based on the 90% CAIP carbon proceeds. The 10% supplementary payment is calculated differently. 


How is Climate Action Incentive Paid?

The Climate Action Incentive is paid through cheques and direct deposit. The CRA will send you the payment through direct deposit if you receive your tax refund by direct deposit.

Before 2021, the Climate Action Incentive was paid through cheque annually as a refundable tax credit on personal income tax returns.

Today, the benefit is administered quarterly through direct deposit and cheque depending on the recipient’s preferences.

That said, if you have tax debt on federal or provincial government programs, the debt will be deducted from your entitled CAIP amount. 


How to Get the CAIP Payment

As an existing resident of Canada, the CRA will automatically enroll you in the CAIP quarterly payment once you file your annual income tax and benefit return. 

Accordingly, you must file your 2022 income tax return and benefit return to qualify for the 2023/2024 CAIP payments.

However, if you didn’t file your taxes while your spouse or common-law partner did, your spouse or partner will be paid the full amount. 

The CRA will continue paying you the CAIP quarterly once you and your spouse/partner continue to file your annual income tax and benefit returns.

CAIP Application to Canadian Newcomers

Canadian newcomers are required to apply for the CAIP payment by filling out one of the following forms and submitting it to their tax centres


CAIP Supplement

Now that we have discussed everything about the CAIP basic amount, let’s turn to the supplementary benefit.

The CAIP supplementary benefit constitutes 10% of the direct proceeds from the climate pollution pricing. The supplement is administered only to the eligible individuals living outside a Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) in Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

Click here to learn about your eligibility for the CAIP supplementary benefit. 

Once you’re eligible, you can fill out the Schedule 14 form and attach it to your annual income tax return and benefit return and mail them to your tax centre.


Some FAQs CAIP Payment Dates 2023

Is the Climate Action Incentive Payment taxable? 

No! CAIP is a tax-free benefit. The CRA doesn’t withhold tax on all Climate Action Incentive Payments.

Is the Climate Action Incentive a monthly payment?

The Climate Action Incentive Payment is a quarterly payment administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

How often is the Climate Action Incentive paid?

The Climate Action Incentive Payment is paid quarterly. However, in the July 2022 payment, the CRA made a double payment with a retroactive amount for April 2022.

Can both husband and wife claim the Climate Action Incentive?

No; Only one parent or spouse can receive the Climate Action Incentive Payment. But regardless of who’s receiving the payment, the CRA will send the person the full entitled amount. 
However, if you share the custody of a child or children with your spouse, the payment will be shared 50/50 between you.

Is CAIP clawed back at higher income levels?

CAIP is not an income-tested benefit like GST/HST, CCB and other CRA administered benefits. That means, everyone will receive the same amount irrespective of their taxable income.

How much is CAIP in Ontario?

A single adult in Ontario will receive CAIP amounts of $488 per year for the 2023-2024 payment period. A family of 4 on the other hand will receive $1,098 per annum.

How much is the CAIP amount per province?

For a family of four, the total CAIP amount for the year will be $1,737 in Alberta, $1,196 in Manitoba, $1,098 in Ontario, $1,530 in Saskatchewan, $369 in Newfoundland and Labrador, $279 in Nova Scotia, $270 in Prince Edward Island and $207 in New Brunswick.

Does everyone get the Climate Action Incentive payment?

Not everyone gets the Climate Action Incentive payment in Canada. The payment is made to the eligible residents of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.

What happens if you forget to Claim Climate Action Incentive?

The CRA allows you to change your income tax and benefit return to claim the outstanding Climate Action Incentive payment you’re entitled to upon filing your tax and benefit return.

How is the Climate Action Incentive Calculated?

The Climate Action Incentive is calculated based on your province of residence, marital status, family size and number of under-18-year children.


Climate Action Incentive Payment Dates: Final Thoughts

If you’re eligible, tax-free government benefits like the Climate Action Incentive Payment (CAIP) are a good source of extra cash to put towards your other goals or use to cover some bills. So it is important to file your taxes on time to get the benefits you’re entitled to.

But if you’re not residing in Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or New Brunswick — ensure you check out your provincial or territorial equivalent of CAIP such as the British Columbia BC climate action tax credit (BCCATC).

To maximize your earnings, check out our related blog posts on other government benefits in Canada, such as:

Simon is a CPA by day and a Personal Finance Blogger by night. With over a decade experience in financial services, he's passionate about personal finance, investing and helping people take control of their financial life.

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