Anyone responsible for the care and education of a child under 18 years of age who was born outside Québec or who was adopted.
To be eligible, the person must meet the following requirements:
- he or she must live in Québec;
- the person, or his or her spouse, must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, temporary resident living in Canada in the last 18 months or a protected person;
- the person lives with the child or pay the required contribution if the child is placed in a youth centre.
A person is not entitled to receive the child assistance payment if
- he or she is the child’s foster family;
- he or she is exempted from paying income tax by Revenu Québec;
- he or she is waiting for protected person status (asylum seeker); or
- his or her child is married or has a common law spouse and this spouse has been entitled to a credit transferred from one spouse to the other.
The amount of the child assistance payment varies depending on the following factors:
- the number of children under age 18 living with you
- the number of children in joint custody
- your family income
- your conjugal status (whether or not you have a spouse)
The amount of the child assistance payment is adjusted every year in July.
Child Assistance Payment Amounts for 2017
|4th and subsequent children
|2nd and subsequent children
The child assistance payment ends in the following situations:
- The child turns 18 years (payment will stop even if the child is in school)
- The family or child leaves Québec
- The child leaves his or her foster family and the beneficiary no longer provides for the child’s needs
- The child marries
- The child dies
There is no need to apply for the child assistance payment if the child was born in Québec and was not adopted and the parents completed the Application for Simplified Access to Birth-Related Government Programs and Services form inserted in the declaration of birth.
In this case, the birth is automatically reported to the Directeur de l’état civil, which sends Retraite Québec the information required to register for the child assistance payment.
However, you must apply for the child assistance payment in the following cases:
- The child was not born in Québec or was adopted
- The child has arrived in or returned to Québec
- He or she did not complete the Application for Simplified Access to Birth-Related Government Programs and Services form inserted in the declaration of birth
- He or she is an immigrant or you become a Québec resident
- He or she receives custody or joint custody of the child
- He or she retains custody of the child following a breakdown of your union and you are not already receiving the child assistance payment in your own name
- Retraite Québec asks you to do so
In these cases, he or she must file an application in one of the following ways:
- Use the Application for Child Assistance Payments online service.
- Fill out the Application for Child Assistance Payments form and send it to Retraite Québec along with any required documents.
You can also access the Application for Child Assistance Payments online service through My Account – Québec Pension Plan and Child Assistance (clicSÉQUR authentication required) if you are registered, or directly on the Retraite Québec website.
For the date and amount of your next child assistance payment or to track the progress of your application, you can use the My Account – Québec Pension Plan and Child Assistance online service (clicSÉQUR authentication required) if you are registered.