The federal government is providing increased child benefits to 28,500 Regina families.

Ottawa launched the Canada Child Benefit in 2016 to help families handle the high costs of raising a child. The funding is targeted at middle-class families, along with families working to join the middle class.

The CCB has been increased to help stay on-track with the cost of living. The government says the increase is two years ahead of schedule.

For the 2018-19 benefit year, families will receive maximum benefits of $6,496 for children under the age of six. Children between six and 17 years old will receive a maximum of $5,481.

The feds say the money will help families pay for back-to-school and classroom supplies.

The funding has also helped lift nearly 300,000 out of poverty across Canada, the government said.