Quebec Family Allowance Dates 2021: Benefits & Amounts

This post covers the Quebec family allowance payment dates for 2021, how much families can receive, the eligibility, how to apply and the different programs.

Let’s start…

Quebec Family Allowance Payment Dates 2021

Family allowance, supplement for handicapped children and the supplement for handicapped children with exceptional care needs are paid together on a quarterly basis, or monthly if the family wishes.

The Quebec family allowance payment dates for 2021 are:

Benefit MonthsFamily Allowance Monthly Payment Dates
JanuaryJanuary 5, 2021
FebruaryFebruary 1, 2021
MarchMarch 1, 2021
AprilApril 1, 2021
MayMay 3, 2021
JuneJune 1, 2021
JulyJuly 2, 2021
AugustAugust 2, 2021
SeptemberSeptember 1, 2021
OctoberOctober 1, 2021
NovemberNovember 1, 2021
DecemberDecember 1, 2021

Families that wish to receive their payments monthly would have to apply. If approved, the benefit will be paid on the first working date of each month.

The default payment period is quarterly and the family allowance quarterly payment dates for 2021 are:

Benefit PeriodFamily Allowance Payment Dates
January, Feb. & MarchJanuary 5, 2021
April, May & JuneApril 1, 2021
July, August & Sept.July 2, 2021
Oct., Nov. & DecemberOctober 1, 2021

What is the Quebec Family Allowance?

The Quebec family allowance program is a non-taxable financial assistance benefit provided to families with dependent children below age 18. It is an important benefit that currently supports more than 890,000 families.

It is administered by Retraite Québec and part of the Québec’s family policy. The family allowance measure is made up of 4 different programs namely:

  • Family allowance payment
  • Supplement for the purchase of school supplies
  • Supplement for handicapped children; and
  • The Supplement for handicapped children requiring exceptional care.

Eligibility for Family Allowance

An applicant wishing to apply for family allowance payments must meet the following criteria:

  • Live in Quebec and file taxes (both spouses)
  • Have a child below 18 and be responsible for their care and education
  • Live with a child or pay for the child’s stay at a Youth Centre
  • Be a permanent resident, Canadian citizen, protected person or temporary resident that has been in Canada for the last 18 months.

Certain categories of people are ineligible to receive the family allowance payment. They include a child’s foster family, refugee claimant of someone waiting to receive the protected person status, someone exempted from paying taxes by the Revenue Quebec and so on.

Family Allowance Rates: How much can you Receive?

How much you can receive as family allowance payment depends on a number of factors including the family net income, number of dependent children below 18, number of children in shared custody and the family situation.

Families can receive a minimum of $1,013 per year, up to a maximum of $2,547 for each child. Single parents will receive an extra minimum annual payment of $356 and maximum of $893.

Minimum AmountMaximum Amount
Each Child$1,013$2,547
Single-parent family$356$893

An annual amount of $105 is also provided as supplement for the purchase of school supplies. Families with a handicapped child will get the supplement for handicapped children or supplement for handicapped children requiring exceptional care.

The supplement for the purchase of school supplies is paid once a year in July for each child aged 4 to 16 by September 30. The payment date for 2021 is July 2, 2021.

You can estimate how much you can receive using the family allowance calculator here.

How to Apply for Family Allowance in Quebec

Children born in Quebec are automatically signed up for family allowance if their birth is declared to Directeur de l’état civil.

However, you’ll have to apply for the benefit if you fall into any of the categories below:

  • Live in Quebec but the child was born outside the province
  • An immigrant or just became a Quebec resident
  • Adopted a child
  • Obtained custody or shared custody of a child
  • Retained or obtained custody of a child after the breakdown of a marriage

Check this page to learn more about the application process and start your application.

The family allowance benefit can be paid retroactively for up to 11 months if the eligibility conditions are met for those periods.

Supplement For Handicapped Children

The supplement for handicapped children is a financial assistance program for families with a handicapped child.  The supplement provides support for the care and education of the child.

Eligible families receive a non-taxable amount of $200 a month that is indexed each year by January for a total of $2,400 in 2021.

The benefit is not income-tested. All eligible children will get the same amount of $200 per month irrespective of the family net income, number of children in the household, or the type of impairment or disability.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the supplement for handicapped children benefit, you must satisfy the 2 conditions below:

  • There’s a dependent child under 18 in your care with an impairment or mental function disability that severely affects their ability to take part in “life habits”.
  • You meet all the eligibility criteria for family allowance

Life habits include any of the day-to-day activities that the child would take part in such as nutrition, personal care, communication, education and so on.

Also, the condition must be expected to last for a period of at least one year.

The child’s eligibility will be determined during the application process by their team of health professionals.

What are the conditions that are eligible for the Supplement?

Several handicap conditions qualify for the benefit and each one has its own eligibility requirements. Some of the conditions include

Impairments: nutrition and digestion, hearing, metabolic and hereditary abnormalities, renal and urinary functions, nervous system abnormalities, respiratory functions, and many more

Mental Function disabilities: Intellectual impairment, language disorders, global developmental delay, Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Serious behavioural disorders and psychological disorders.

You can check here to find out the specific eligibility criteria under each of the impairments or disabilities.

When does the supplement for handicapped children stop?

The supplement for handicapped children payment ends when the child turns 18, is no longer eligible for the family allowance or the disability or impairment has improved.

A medical reassessment may be required to verify your child’s continued eligibility for the program in some instances.

Supplement For Handicapped Children Payment Dates 2021

Supplement for Handicapped children is paid quarterly or monthly along with the Family Allowance payments on the following dates in 2021:

Benefit MonthsFamily Allowance Monthly Payment Dates
JanuaryJanuary 5, 2021
FebruaryFebruary 1, 2021
MarchMarch 1, 2021
AprilApril 1, 2021
MayMay 3, 2021
JuneJune 1, 2021
JulyJuly 2, 2021
AugustAugust 2, 2021
SeptemberSeptember 1, 2021
OctoberOctober 1, 2021
NovemberNovember 1, 2021
DecemberDecember 1, 2021

Supplement For Handicapped Children Requiring Exceptional Care

Families that have children with severe or multiple disabilities requiring constant presence of the parents, extraordinary care, or complex medical care at home can receive the supplement for handicapped children requiring exceptional care.

Such disabilities must be expected to last beyond a year and prevents the child from carrying out their day-to-day activities or life habits.

Eligibility for this supplement is established if a child fall under either of the categories below:

  • Child with severe and multiple disabilities
  • Child requiring complex medical care at home

Both categories are further sub-divided into Tier 1 and Tier 2 depending on the severity and complexity of the care needed, impact of the care required on the child’s daily life and the risks associated with complications.

Tier 1 is more severe, and families can receive up to an annual maximum of $12,096 under the tier. Tier 2 is less severe and pays up to a yearly maximum of $8,052.

Quebec Family Allowance Increase 2021

The maximum family allowance increased to $2,547 in 2021. The increase is just a $32 increase from the $2,515 maximum amount for 2020, so it is not significant.

And the other categories also had minor increases. For example, the additional amount for single-parent families only increased by $11. These increases are in line with the annual indexing of the family allowance amount to inflation.

Final Thoughts

The Quebec family allowance program ensures that families get some help with the cost of raising their children. To learn more about other government programs in Canada, check the posts linked below:

Simon is a CPA by day and a Personal Finance Blogger by night. With over a decade experience in financial services, he's passionate about personal finance, investing and helping people take control of their financial life.

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