Family Allowance

Who benefits

  • The Family Allowance payment is made to all eligible families who have one or more dependent children under age 18.

Conditions and payments

  • Family Allowance payments are made to only one person in a family.
  • To enable us to calculate the amount to which you are entitled, you and your spouse must file a Québec income tax return.
  • The Family Allowance amount varies from one family to another. It is calculated on the basis of the number of children, family income, the family situation (single-parent or two-parent) and whether there is shared custody.
  • Several ways are provided for you to rapidly inform us of a change in your family situation.

Terms of payment

  • Payments are made in advance, on the first working day of each quarter, that is, in January, April, July and October.
  • If you want to receive monthly payments, you must make a request. In this case, you will receive you payments on the first working day of each month.
  • Sign up for direct deposit to receive your payments in your bank account.

Make an application if required  

  • If your family's arrival in Québec, you will have to file an application to receive Family Allowance.

Other useful link

  • The website of the Ministère de la Famille This link will open in a new window. provides information on Québec's family policy, childcare services and other matters of interest.

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