The Federal Child Support Guidelines (pursuant to the Divorce Act, Canada) set out tables for each province and territory. These tables show monthly amounts to be paid for a child’s basic and everyday needs, including things like food and clothes and often (though not always) things like school supplies.  When parents live in different provinces, the table to be used is the one for the province where the paying parent lives, not where the child lives. In calculating the appropriate amount of child support, the paying parent’s gross yearly income is used, though there may be some allowable deductions from that gross income in order to create the paying parent’s guideline income. For more information, go to or consult with a family lawyer.