Régie des rentes du Québec

Amount and payment of child assistance

The amount of the child assistance payment varies from one family to another. The calculation takes into account:

  • the number of dependent children under the age of 18 who live with you
  • the number of children in shared custody
  • the family income (the combined total of both spouses' income)
  • the family situation (single-parent or two-parent)

Main characteristics of child assistance payments1 - 2014
(in dollars)
Characteristic Amount
Maximum amount
1st child 2 341 $
2nd child 1 170 $
3rd child 1 170 $
4th and subsequent children 1 755 $
Single-parent family + 821 $
Minimum amount in all cases
1st child 657 $
2nd child 607 $
Single-parent family + 328 $

Monthly amount for a handicapped child

185 $

1. The amount of the child assistance payment is indexed in January of each year.

CalculAideYou can use CalculAide or consult our tables to find out the payments that could be made.

Your first child assistance payment

The Régie will send you your first child assistance payment within a maximum of 40 days following receipt of the declaration of your child's birth from the Registrar of Civil Status.

Payment methods

Child assistance can be paid to only one person in the family. In the case of shared custody, the amount is divided and paid to both parents, according to the payment frequency (quarterly or monthly) chosen by each parent.

The Régie makes the child assistance payment on the 1st working day of each quarter, that is, four times a year:

  • in July for July, August and September
  • in October for October, November and December
  • in January for January, February and March
  • in April for April, May and June

Payments can be received monthly but a request must be made. In this case, payments are made on the first working day of each month.

You can sign up for direct deposit. It is a reliable, safe and environmentally-friendly way to receive child assistance payments.

Consult the payment dates for child assistance.

Note that...
  • The Régie des rentes du Québec can pay child assistance retroactively for a maximum period of 11 months from the date an application is received if all of the eligibility requirements are met.
  • To receive child assistance, both parents must file their Québec income tax return, even if one or both of them do not have any income to declare.

If money is owed to the Régie

A change in family situation can affect the amounts to which a person is entitled. If an overpayment is received, it will have to be repaid.

The amount withheld from payments in order to repay a debt will be calculated according to the following rules:

  • 50% of the payment if the annual family income is less than or equal to 35 000 $. Note that the Régie can withhold more than 50% of the payment if the amounts that remain to be paid are not sufficient to repay the debt. In certain cases, the Régie can withhold more than 50% of the payment even if the family income is less than or equal to 35 000 $.
  • 100% of the payment if the family's annual income is more than 35 000 $.
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Did you know that?

Parents must notify the Régie des rentes du Québec of any change in their family situation, except for births in Québec.

If you wish to receive your child assistance payments each month, you must apply to the Régie.


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