Retraite Québec and child assistance

Retraite Québec administers the child assistance measure that is part of Québec's family policy. The Minister of Families This link will open in a new window.Mr. Sébastien Proulx This link will open in a new window., is the minister responsible for Retraite Québec in matters related to the administration of the child assistance measure.

Child assistance in brief

The refundable tax credit for child assistance is paid by the Gouvernement du Québec to provide assistance to families.

Since January 2005, this measure has been replacing family benefits, the non-refundable tax credit respecting dependent children and the tax reduction for families. It is called child assistance and has 2 components:

  • child assistance payment

    The child assistance payment is a form of financial assistance paid to all eligible families with one or more dependent children under the age of 18 living with them.
  • supplement for handicapped children

    The purpose of the supplement for handicapped children is to provide financial assistance for families to help with the care and education of a handicapped child. The physical or mental handicap must be serious and must significantly limit the child in carrying out daily activities for a period expected to last at least 1 year.

    The amount of the supplement is the same for all children who meet Retraite Québec's eligibility criteria, regardless of family income or type of handicap.

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Child assistance also includes the supplement for handicapped children with exceptional care needs.

For more information, and to find out all there is to know about the additional financial assistance for handicapped children, visit the A handicapped child page.