Amounts and payment of Family Allowance

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

  • the number of dependent children under age 18 who live with you
  • the number of children in shared custody
  • the family situation (single-parent or two-parent)
  • the family income, that is, the combined income of both spouses, if applicable. To obtain an overview of the amount you could receive in 2020, see the table below. You can also estimate the amounts to which you could be entitled under the Family Allowance measure by using our CalculAide tool.
Maximum and minimum yearly amounts – 2021
Maximum amount Amount
1st child $2547
2nd child $2547
3rd child $2547
4th and subsequent children$2547
Single-parent family + $893
Minimum amount Amount
1st child $1013
2nd child $1013
Single-parent family+ $356
Yearly amount for the purchase of school supplies – 2021
Supplement for the Purchase of School Supplies$105
Yearly amounts for a handicapped child – 2021
Supplement for Handicapped Children$2400
Supplement for Handicapped Children Requiring Exceptional  Care 
Tier 1$12 096
Tier 2$8 052

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

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.

Note that...
  • We can pay 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 Family Allowance, 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.

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.

The Family Allowance measure. Financial assistance for Québec families Find out the enhanced amount of your Family Allowance. Calculate the amount.
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