Frequently asked questions - Supplement for handicapped children
You can find answers to your questions rapidly in the FAQ. For further information, consult the section Children.
The supplement for handicapped children
provides families with financial assistance for raising, caring for and
educating a handicapped child. The impairment or mental function disability must
significantly limit the child in carrying out his or her life
habits for a period expected to last for at least one year.
Life habits encompass the activites that a child must carry out, depending on his or her age, with respect to personal care and social
life. The following life habits are taken into consideration for the study of
- personal care
- moving about
- interpersonal relations
Any person who is eligible for child assistance payments who cares for a
handicapped child under 18 years of age. The
impairment or mental function disability must significantly limit him or her in carrying out
life habits for a period expected to last for at least one year.
The supplement for handicapped children is paid the person who receives the child assistance payments.
If you share custody of a child and a supplement for handicapped children is being paid for that child, the amount of the supplement will automatically be divided between the 2 parents. We consider that shared custody exists when a child resides with each parent between 40% and 60% of the time each month. The amount paid to each parent is half of what the parent would have received if the child were not in shared custody.
Eligibility for the supplement for handicapped children is determined by our
team of health professionals on the basis of certain
criteria. If the child's condition does not
meet the criteria, it is determined on the basis of the severity of his or her
limitations in carrying out life habits for a period expected to last for at
least one year. The analysis of the child's limitations takes into account the
disabilities resulting from the impairment or the mental function disability, as
well as the factors in the child's environment that facilitate or inhibit the
child when accomplishing life habits. A diagnoses of impairments and mental
function disabilities cannot alone determine the severity of a child's
limitations or eligibility for the supplement for handicapped children.
Yes. You must complete the Application for a Supplement for Handicapped Children form and return it to us. Be sure to provide all the documents requested. Part of the form must be completed by the health care professional (physician, physical therapist, psychologist, or other professional) who assessed or has treated the child and is most familiar with the child's condition.
Furthermore, to obtain the supplement for handicapped children, you and your spouse, if any, must file a Québec income tax return every year, even if one or both of you have no income to report. New arrivals in Québec may be required to provide a breakdown of income, or a Notice of Assessment issued by the Canada Revenue Agency, if they have not filed a Québec income tax return.
The supplement for handicapped children is paid with the child assistance payment 4 times a year, in January, April, July and October. Payments are made in advance on the 1st working day of each quarter.
If you would like to receive payments every month, you must apply to Retraite Québec. In that case, payments will be made on the 1st working day of each month.
The supplement for handicapped children can be paid retroactively for a period of 11 months prior to the date on which we received an application, provided the child met all eligibility requirements
during that period.
Payment of the supplement ends when your child turns 18 or before if the child's condition improves or he or she no longer meets the eligibility requirements.
To verify whether your child's condition has improved and determine whether you are still entitled to the supplement for him or her, we may, in some cases, require a reassessment. The frequency depends on the child's handicap and situation.