Amount and payment of Family Allowance

The amount of the Family Allowance varies from one family to another. The calculation takes into account:

  • the number of dependent children under the age of 18 who live with you
  • the number of children in shared custody
  • the family income (the combined total of both spouses' income)
  • the family situation (single-parent or two-parent)
Maximum and minimum yearly amounts - 2019See note 1
Maximum amount Amount
1st child $2472
2nd child $1735See note 2
3rd child $1735See note 2
4th and subsequent children$1852
Single-parent family + $867
Minimum amount Amount
1st child $694
2nd child $641
Single-parent family+ $346
  1. Note 1 : The amount of the Family Allowance payment is indexed in January of each year.
  2. Note 2 : The amount includes the maximum allowance of $500 per year for the second and third children, as announced by the Gouvernement du Québec during the 2018 Update on Québec's Economic and Financial Situation on 3 December 2018. Since January 2019, numerous families in Québec have been receiving additional financial assistance for the second and third children under 18. Are you eligible for the additional amount?
Yearly amount for the purchase of school supplies - 2019
Supplement for the Purchase of School Supplies$102
Yearly amounts for a handicapped child - 2019
Supplement for Handicapped Children$2340
Supplement for Handicapped Children with Exceptional  Care 
Tier 1$11 736
Tier 2$7 824

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Your first Family Allowance payment

We will send you your first Family Allowance payment within a maximum of 40 days following receipt of the declaration of your child's birth from the Directeur de l'état civil This link will open in a new window..

Payment methods

The Family Allowance can be paid to only one person in the family. In the case of shared custody, the amount is divided and paid to both parents, according to the payment frequency (quarterly or monthly) chosen by each parent.

We make the Family Allowance payment on the 1st working day of each quarter, that is, four times a year:

  • in July for July, August and September
  • in October for October, November and December
  • in January for January, February and March
  • in April for April, May and June

Payments can be received monthly but a request must be made. In this case, payments are made on the first working day of each month.

Sign up for direct deposit to receive your payments in your bank account.

Consult the payment dates for Family Allowance.

  • We can pay the Family Allowance retroactively for a period of 11 months from the date an application is received if all of the eligibility requirements are met.
  • To receive the Family Allowance payment, both parents must file their Québec income tax return, even if one or both of them do not have any income to declare.

If money is owed to us

A change in family situation can affect the amounts to which a person is entitled. If an overpayment is received, it will have to be repaid.

The amount withheld from payments in order to repay a debt will be calculated according to the following rules:

  • 50% of the payment if the annual family income is less than or equal to $35 000. Note that we can withhold more than 50% of the payment if the amounts that remain to be paid are not sufficient to repay the debt. In certain cases, we can withhold more than 50% of the payment even if the family income is less than or equal to $35 000.
  • 100% of the payment if the family's annual income is more than $35 000.
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Did you know?

Parents must notify us of any change in their family situation, except for births in Québec.

If you wish to receive your Family Allowance payments each month, you must apply to Retraite Québec.

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