Table Amount of Child Support

The Tables in the Child Support Guidelines set out a fixed amount per child, depending on the paying parent’s income and the average costs for that income of raising a child in a particular province or territory. The Tables help ensure that children of parents who are not together are treated consistently.

When a child lives with one parent more than 60% of the time these Tables are generally used to determine the amount of child support. The amount of time a child spends with one parent is calculated based on the amount of time they spend over the course of a year.

In these cases, the parent the child lives with more than 60% of the time is entitled to receive child support from the other parent. The parent who the child lives with is expected to contribute any amounts required in the normal course of events that are over and above the child support amount. The paying parent is expected to cover costs for day-to-day things like groceries or entertainment when the child is with them, in addition to paying child support.

To determine the Table amount that applies to your situation you need to know the paying parent’s gross income, the number of children that support is being claimed for, and the province where the children and receiving parent live. If you have this information you can use the Department of Justice's Child Support Table Look-up online.