What is child support?

4. Calculate the table amount of child support

Basic monthly amounts of are set out in the and the Government of Canada's child support tables. It is based on the gross annual income of the parent and the number of children they have to support.

When calculating the table amount of support, the income of the parent receiving support is usually not relevant. The table amount assumes that the parent who is caring for the child most of the time contributes to their financial support.

There is a separate table for each province and territory. If the payor parent lives in a province or territory other than Ontario, use the table for that province or territory. If the payor parent lives outside of Canada, and the other parent in Ontario, use the Ontario table.

There is an online calculator at the Child Support Table Look-up that can help you figure out the table amount of child support.

The tables only show the basic monthly amount of child support that cover things like:

  • a share of the rent or mortgage to cover the cost of the child's housing
  • bills for household expenses
  • groceries
  • clothes
  • toiletries
  • haircuts
  • school supplies

There are other factors that may affect the amount of child support a judge might order. For example, there may be additional expenses, called , like daycare that are not covered by the table amount.

Or, sometimes a parent may not have to pay child support or may pay less than the table amount of child support. For example:

  • the payor parent is a step-parent
  • the type of parenting arrangement is either  or , which used to be called or
  • the payor parent has or financial difficulties that make it very hard for them to pay child support
  • the child is over the age of majority, which means 18 years old or older
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