Important

Child assistance payments will now be named Family allowance. The Gouvernement du Québec made the announcement on 3 December 2018 while presenting its Update on Québec's Economic and Financial Situation. We are currently updating all of our publications to reflect this change. During the transition period, the former name of the program may still appear in some of our correspondence.

Retraite Québec and Family Allowance

Retraite Québec administers the Family Allowance measure that is part of Québec's family policy. The Minister of Families This link will open in a new window. is the minister responsible for Retraite Québec in matters related to the administration of the Family Allowance measure.

The Family Allowance in brief

The refundable tax credit for Family Allowance is paid by the Gouvernement du Québec and provides assistance to families.

The child assistance measure consists of:

  • The Familay Allowance payment
    The Family Allowance payment is a form of financial assistance paid to all eligible families with one or more dependent children under the age of 18 living with them.
  • The supplement for the purchase of school supplies
    This annual financial assistance of $102 per child aged 4 to 16 on 30 September is intended for all families who receive Family Allowance payments. The beneficiary must have custody of the child for the month in which the supplement is paid.
  • The supplement for handicapped children
    The purpose of the supplement for handicapped children is to provide financial assistance for families to help with the care and education of a handicapped child. The impairment or mental function disability must be serious and must significantly limit the child in carrying out life habits for a period expected to last at least one year.
  • The supplement for handicapped children with exceptional care needs
    The measure provides parents with financial assistance in assuming extraordinary responsibilities in administering care to or being constantly present for a child with a serious illness or severe disabilities.
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