Supplement for the purchase of school supplies

The purpose of the supplement is to help families with the purchase of school supplies. No application is required. If you are eligible for child assistance payments, you will automatically receive the supplement.

This annual financial assistance of $100 per child aged 4 to 16 (as of 30 September), is intended for all families who receive child assistance payments, regardless of their family income. The beneficiary must have custody of the child for the month in which the supplement is paid.

Supplement for 2017-2018

Exceptionally, the supplement for the 2017-2018 school year will be paid on 26 January 2018 to families who have signed up for direct deposit. In the case of families who receive their payments by cheque, it will be paid within a few weeks following that date.

Supplement for 2018-2019

For the school year starting in September 2018, the payment will be made to families signed up for direct deposit at the end of July 2018 and to families who receive their payments by cheque in August 2018.

Sign up for direct deposit to receive your payments quickly.

The supplement for the purchase of school supplies is not taxable, and will be indexed annually beginning in 2019.


Useful information

You do not have to file an application for the supplement for the purchase of school supplies.

If you have not received the supplement for the 2017-2018 school year, we may still be processing an application or request concerning your child assistance file.

New applications for child assistance payments that are accepted after 19 January 2018 or requests for changes made after that date (for example, concerning a change in custody or conjugal situation) will receive a retroactive payment for the supplement in July 2018. However, you must be eligible for child assistance for January 2018.

If custody is shared during the month in which the supplement is paid, each parent will receive half the supplement ($50).

Custody is considered to be shared when a child lives with each parent between 40% and 60% of the time in a given month.

Yes they will. Anyone who has an eligible dependent child in January 2018 will receive a letter in February 2018. The letter will inform them of the amounts they will receive for the 2017-2018 school year.

Eligibility is determined based on the child's age and not on whether he or she attends school. The child's state of health is not taken into consideration either.

In Québec school attendance is mandatory from ages 6 to 16. However, most children attend the optional year of full-time kindergarten a year earlier. Some handicapped children or children who live in underprivileged areas may also attend pre-kindergarten at 4 years of age.

Note that...
  • Payment of the supplement for the purchase of school supplies will be made separately from the child assistance payment.
  • If you share custody of a child, each parent will receive half of the supplement. You must have custody of the child for the month in which the supplement is paid.

You are entitled to the supplement for the purchase of school supplies if:

  • You are eligible for child assistance payments and receive a payment for the month in which the supplement is paid.

    AND
    • Your child is aged 4 to 16 on 30 September of the school year for which the supplement is paid.

      OR
    • You receive the supplement for handicapped children for a child aged 4 to 17 on 30 September of the school year for which the supplement is paid.

 

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