FAQ - Supplement for the purchase of school supplies
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The purpose of the
supplement is to help families with the purchase of supplies at the beginning of the school year. Retraite Québec provides financial assistance of $102
each year for each eligible child. The supplement is paid
in July and is
part of the Family Allowance measure.
In order to receive the supplement, you must:
eligible for Family Allowance for the month in which the supplement for
the purchase of school supplies is paid
- have a dependent child aged 4 to 16 on 30 September of the school
year for which the supplement is paid.
- be receiving the
supplement for handicapped children for a child aged 4 to 17 on
30 September of the school year for which the supplement for the
purchase of school supplies is paid.
No, it is not taxable.
If custody is shared in July, each parent will receive half the supplement
($51), provided they are both already receiving Family Allowance.
Custody is considered to be
shared when a child lives with each parent between 40% and 60% of the time
in a given month.
The parent who has sole custody in July will receive the entire $102 payment.
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. The child must be aged:
- 4 to 16 on 30 September of the school year for which the supplement is
- 4 to 17 on 30 September of the school year for which the supplement is
paid, if the person who has custody is receiving the supplement for
handicapped children for that child.
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