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Frequently asked questions - Supplement for handicapped children

Supplement for handicapped children

You can find answers to your questions rapidly in the FAQ. For further information, consult the section Children.

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The child assistance measure administered by the Régie des rentes du Québec provides for the payment of a supplement for handicapped children. The purpose of the supplement for handicapped children is to provide families with financial assistance for raising, caring for and educating a handicapped child. The handicap must significantly limit the child in carrying out his or her daily activities for a period expected to last for at least one year.

They are the activities in which a child participates, depending on his or her age, with respect to personal care and social life. They include eating, getting dressed, communicating, learning and moving about.

Any person who is eligible for child assistance payments who cares for a handicapped child under 18 years of age. The handicap must significantly limit him or her in carrying out daily activities for a period expected to last for at least one year.

The supplement for handicapped children is paid the person who receives the child assistance payments.

If you share custody of a child and a supplement for handicapped children is being paid for that child, the amount of the supplement will automatically be divided between the 2 parents. The Régie considers that shared custody exists when a child resides with each parent between 40% and 60% of the time each month. The amount paid to each parent is half of what the parent would have received if the child were not in shared custody.

The seriousness of the handicap is evaluated by the medical advisors at the Régie des rentes du Québec, in accordance with the criteria defined in the Regulation respecting the Taxation Act pertaining to the supplement for handicapped children. Schedule A of the Regulation specifies the eligibility requirements for handicaps related to developmental disorders and impairments.

Yes. You must complete the Application for a Supplement for Handicapped Children form and return it to the Régie. Be sure to provide all the documents requested. Part of the form must be completed by the health care professional (physician, physical therapist, psychologist, or other professional) who assessed or has treated the child and is most familiar with the child's condition.

Furthermore, to obtain the supplement for handicapped children, you and your spouse, if any, must file a Québec income tax return every year, even if one or both of you have no income to report. New arrivals in Québec may be required to provide a breakdown of income, or a Notice of Assessment issued by the Canada Revenue Agency, if they have not filed a Québec income tax return.

In 2014, the supplement for handicapped children is 185 $ a month, regardless of family income. The amount is not taxable and is indexed in January of each year.

The supplement for handicapped children is paid with the child assistance payment 4 times a year, in January, April, July and October. Payments are made in advance on the 1st working day of each quarter.

If you would like to receive payments every month, you must apply to the Régie. In that case, payments will be made on the 1st working day of each month.

The supplement can be paid retroactively for a maximum of 11 months before you filed an application, if your child met the eligibility requirements during that period.

Payment of the supplement ends when your child turns 18 or before if the child's condition improves or he or she no longer meets the eligibility requirements.

To verify whether your child's condition has improved and determine whether you are still entitled to the supplement for him or her, the Régie may, in some cases, require a reassessment. The frequency depends on the child's handicap and situation.

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