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Changes to the Canada Child Support system came into effect on May 1, 1997.
The main features of the reforms were the introduction of child support guidelines, changes to the tax treatment of child support, additional enforcement measures, and increased tax credits to low-income families.
Canada Child Support
The regulations for setting child support payments under the federal Divorce Act are called the Federal Child Support Guidelines. The guidelines consist of a set of rules and tables for calculating the amount of support that a paying parent should contribute towards his or her children.
Canada child support is no longer taxable in the hands of the receiving parent and no longer deductible in the hands of the paying parent. Other federal laws were amended to provide the provinces and territories (which are primarily responsible for enforcement) with additional tools for collecting child support.