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Child Assistance Measure

Retraite Québec

Applying for the Child Assistance Payment

Clientele
Anyone responsible for the care and education of a child under 18 years of age.

Requirements
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.
Restrictions
A person is not entitled to receive the child assistance payment if
 
  • you are the child’s foster family
  • you are exempt from Québec income tax
  • you are waiting to be accorded protected person status (asylum seeker)
  • your child is married or has a de facto spouse, and the 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

Maximum Assistance Annual Total
1st child $2,410
2nd child $1,204
3rd child $1,204
4th and subsequent children $1,806
Single-parent family + $845
Minimum Assistance Annual Total
1st child $676
2nd and subsequent children $625
Single-parent family + $337

The child assistance payment ends in the following situations:

  • the child turns 18 (if the child is in school)
  • the child or the family no longer lives in 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
  • You are an immigrant or you become a resident of Québec.
  • You obtain custody or joint custody of the child.
  • You get custody of the child following a breakdown of your union and are not already receiving the child assistance payment in your own name.
  • Retraite Québec asks you to apply.

In any situation requiring you to apply, you can file your application in either of the following ways:

  • Use the online service Application for Child Assistance Payments.
  • Or, fill out the form Application for Child Assistance Payments and mail to Retraite Québec along with any required documents.

My Account
You can also access the online service Application for Child Assistance Payments through My Account – Québec Pension Plan and Child Assistance (requires clicSÉQUR authentication) if you are registered, or directly on the website of Retraite Québec.

For the date and amount of your next child assistance payment, or to track the progress of your application, use the online service My Account – Québec Pension Plan and Child Assistance (requires clicSÉQUR authentication) if you are registered.

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