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 2018-2019
For the school year starting in September 2018, the payment will be made
in July 2018, at the same time as your child assistance
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The supplement for the purchase of school supplies is not taxable, and will be indexed annually beginning in 2019.
No. You do not need to file an application in order to receive the supplement for the purchase of school supplies. The supplement is paid automatically to all families who receive child assistance payments.
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
Individuals who 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
by 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.
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.
- As of July 2018, payment of the supplement for the purchase of school
supplies will be made at the same time as the child
assistance payment for July.
- 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.
- Your child is aged 4 to 16 on 30 September of the school year for which
the supplement is paid.
- 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.