Family Allowance

Important

Due to the exceptional situation resulting from COVID-19 pandemic, Revenu Québec has extended the deadline for producing and submitting your 2019 income tax return to 1 June 2020. Given the circumstances, if your family income was not yet available when we sent you your 2020-2021 annual notice regarding Family Allowance, Retraite Québec will continue paying you a temporary amount until September 2020. If necessary, we will make an adjustment once Revenu Québec has provided us with the information on your family income for 2019.

For additional information, see the Frequently Asked Questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Universal government assistance

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.

A streamlined procedure for newborns

In the case of a birth in Québec, no application is required in order to receive Family Allowance payments. The child is automatically signed up for the Family Allowance measure when the birth is declared to the Directeur de l'état civil.

In certain situations, an Application for Family Allowance Payments must be filed if:

  • a child is adopted
  • the individual is an immigrant or becomes a resident of Québec
  • a child arrives in or returns to Québec
  • the individual lives in Québec but a child was born outside Québec
  • the individual obtains custody of a child
  • the individual shares custody of a child
  • the individual retains custody of a child following the breakdown of a union and he or she was not previously receiving the Family Allowance payments in his or her name
  • Retraite Québec requires an application to be filed.

The amount varies for each family

The amount of the Family Allowance payment varies for each family. It is determined on the basis of the following factors:

  • the number of dependent children under the age of 18 living with the beneficiary
  • the number of children in shared custody
  • the family income (the combined total of both spouses' incomes)
  • the type of family (single-parent or two-parent) 

The beneficiaries must notify us of any change in their family situation in order to receive the amounts to which they are entitled.

Notethat...
  • Each year, the amount of the payment is indexed in January and recalculated in July.
  • Since the calculation of the Family Allowance payment takes into account the total family income reported to Revenu Québec, an income tax return must be filed each year, even if one or both spouses have no income to report.
  • If an income tax return is filed late, we can pay any amounts owing for a maximum retroactive period of 3 years.
  • The Family Allowance payment is not taxable.

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