Important changes & news

Important changes & news

Since 2010, the Child Support Recalculation Program (RP) has been helping parents with child support orders maintain a fair standard of support for their children. RP annually recalculates child support based on current income tax information. Our goal is to help parents keep child support levels in line with income, so families can avoid the time and expense of asking the courts to review their child support orders.

RP can recalculate both table (monthly) amounts of child support and proportionate shares of special or extraordinary expenses.

From April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, RP had:

    • 7,723 telephone inquiries
    • 3,034 active files
    • issued a total of 2,215 Recalculation Decisions.

Change to minimum deemed guideline income

As of October 1, 2017 when the minimum wage in Alberta increases to $13.60/hour, the minimum deemed guideline income will increase to $28,288 (up from $25,376).

A party who does not provide income information to RP will be deemed to earn a minimum of $13.60/hour (i.e. what they would earn working 40 hours a week for minimum wage).

New Child Support Guideline Tables

The Canadian government has updated the tables in the Federal Child Support Guidelines. The tables list the base monthly child support amount to be paid based on a payer's guideline income and the number of children being supported. The new tables will be used by the courts when granting new orders and when varying existing orders. If your order was granted before that date, the amount owed will not change, unless a new order or Recalculation Decision is granted.

On October 24, 2017 RP was notified that the new tables will take effect on November 22, 2017.

For more information, see Justice Canada's website at:
http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/fl-df/child-enfant/ft-tf.html