When a Couple Separates

Child Assistance Measure

Applying for the Child Assistance Payment

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

Requirements for Receiving the Child Assistance Payment
To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements.

  • You must live in Québec.
  • You or your spouse must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, temporary resident living in Canada for the last 18 months or a protected person.
  • You must live with the child or pay the required contribution if the child is placed in a youth centre.

Requirement for Receiving the Supplement for the Purchase of School Supplies
To be eligible, you must be in one of the following situations in the month in which the supplement is paid:

  • You must receive the child assistance payment for a dependent child who is aged 4 to 16 on September 30 in the school year covered by the payment.
  • You must receive the supplement for handicapped children for a dependent child who is aged 4 to 17 on September 30 of the school year covered by the payment.

Restrictions
You are not entitled to the child assistance payment if:

  • you are the child’s foster family
  • you have been exempted from paying Québec income tax by Revenu Québec
  • you are waiting to receive protected person (asylum seeker) status
  • your child is married or has a de facto spouse, and the spouse has received a credit transferred from one spouse to the other

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 Application for Child Assistance Payments form and mail it to Retraite Québec along with any required documents.
You do not have to apply for a supplement for the purchase of school supplies. As soon as you are registered for a child assistance payment, you will automatically receive the supplement for every child between the ages of 4 and 16.
 
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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