Ministère du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale
The Social Solidarity Program provides last-resort financial assistance to persons with a severely limited capacity for employment who are unable to provide for their basic needs because of their financial situation. A person’s eligibility for the program is determined on the basis of their state of health and an assessment of the financial resources at their disposal, including:
The resources of the person’s spouse and dependent children, if any, are also taken into account in this assessment.
Dependent Child A person who depends on an adult for his or her subsistence and is in one of the following situations:
Family Group of at least two persons living together, made up of:
Clientele This program is for persons who are:
General Eligibility Requirements for the Social Solidarity Program To be eligible for the program, you must:
NoteIn general, if you are 60 or over you must apply for a retirement pension from Retraite Québec. Depending on the amount of the pension received, you may be entitled to social assistance. If you are 60 or over and already receive a disability pension from Retraite Québec, you are not required to apply for a retirement pension. Particular Eligibility Requirements for the Social Solidarity ProgramParticular requirements apply to persons who are:
The full list of particular eligibility requirements can be consulted on the website of the Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale.
Eligibility Requirements for Adjustments for Dependent ChildrenYou must have custody of the child at least 40% of the time. Other conditions apply depending on the age of the child, his or her situation and the situation of the family (see Definitions). The list of conditions can be consulted on the website of the Ministère. Access to healthcare goods and services for non-beneficiariesIn certain situations and under certain conditions, a claim slip may be granted to a person who is no longer eligible for the Social Solidarity Program. For example, this is the case when the person:
Each month, the beneficiary receives a basic benefit that may be increased or reduced depending on his or her situation or the situation of the family (see Definitions). In 2016, the monthly amounts are as follows:
Adjustment for Dependent Children The amount of the adjustment for dependent children is calculated on the basis of several factors, including the children’s ages (minor or major), their level of schooling, their state of health and the status (single-parent or two-parent) of the family. Special Benefits Special benefits may also be paid to reimburse certain expenses related to a particular need (e.g. diabetes, transportation for medical care, the purchase of infant formula) or a particular situation (e.g. fire, separation, return to school of a dependent child). The program also enables beneficiaries to obtain certain goods and services, such as prescription drugs, glasses or dental care (special health benefits). In this case, the costs are covered by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec. The beneficiary must present his or her claim slip to obtain them. Claim Slip A claim slip is delivered to the beneficiary each month. Depending on the person’s situation, the claim slip provides access to the following healthcare goods and services:
Similarly, when a beneficiary is granted a special health benefit (e.g. for the purchase of infant formula), it is specified on the claim slip. Payments On or about the 1st of each month, beneficiaries receive a sum that includes the basic benefit and any supplements (adjustments, special benefits). Benefits are paid by cheque or direct deposit. Cheques and deposit notices are sent by mail. Direct deposit is done on the first day of each month, or the previous working day if the 1st is a public holiday or non-working day. For January 1, the previous working day is when government offices are open. The payment dates for the months from January 2017 to January 2018 are as follows:
NoteBenefits are immune from seizure and are non-transferable, meaning that they may not be ceded to anyone, under any circumstance (e.g. to a creditor). Consequently, if a benefit is seized the beneficiary must notify the
Monthly Statement and Change of SituationIf there is no change to their situation, beneficiaries are not required to produce a statement each month. However, they must notify the Ministère immediately if there is any change to their financial, family or other situation. Any change may require an adjustment of the amount of the benefits they receive or have received. This is taken into account for the month following the change in situation. If a beneficiary fails to declare a change, he or she may be denied financial assistance or be required to repay the excess assistance paid.
The Social Solidarity Program was established on January 1, 2007.
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