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Other Income Support Programs

Depending on your situation, you may be entitled to additional financial assistance provided by other government departments and agencies. Learn more about their programs by visiting their websites.

Solidarity tax credit

This Revenu Québec tax credit is paid monthly and calculated based on several factors, including your family income, the type of dwelling you live in, and whether you live in a northern village.

There are a number of eligibility requirements, including filing a Québec income tax return along with Schedule D.

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Tax credit for child assistance

Administered by the Régie des rentes du Québec, this tax credit comprises:

  • the child assistance payment, which is granted to all eligible families that have one or more dependent children under the age of 18 living with them
  • the supplement for handicapped children, which is granted to families to help with the care and education of a handicapped child. The physical or mental handicap must be serious and must significantly limit the child in carrying out daily activities for a period expected to last at least 1 year.

The amount of the tax credit is based on:

  • the number of dependent children under 18 living with you
  • the number of children in shared custody
  • your family income and conjugal status

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Working income tax benefit

Administered by the Canada Revenue Agency, this refundable tax credit is designed to provide tax relief to eligible low-income individuals and families.

The amount of the tax credit is based on a number of factors, including:

  • your conjugal status
  • your work income
  • your net income

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Work premium

This Revenu Québec tax credit is designed to encourage workers to enter or remain in the labour market.

The amount is based on:

  • your income
  • the income of your spouse, if applicable
  • your family situation

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If you are eligible for the work premium and are no longer receiving last-resort financial assistance or Youth Alternative Program allowances because of your work income, you may also be eligible for the supplement to the work premium from Revenu Québec.

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If you or your spouse have a severely limited capacity for employment, it may be more advantageous to claim an adapted work premium, which is a Revenu Québec tax credit.

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Shelter Allowance Program

This Revenu Québec program provides financial assistance for low-income families that spend too much of their income on rent. The allowance is paid on a monthly basis, and is calculated on the basis of:

  • the number of people in your household
  • the type of household
  • your income
  • your monthly rent

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Canada child tax benefit

This tax-free monthly benefit helps families provide for the needs of their children under age 18. It can include the national child benefit supplement, which is paid monthly to low-income families with children, and the child disability benefit, which is paid monthly to eligible families to help them care for a child with a disability.

The amount of the tax credit is based on a number of factors, including:

  • the number of eligible children and their ages
  • your adjusted net family income according to the base year
  • your child's eligibility for the disability tax credit

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Employment Insurance (EI)

The EI program provides temporary financial assistance for individuals who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. It is paid while they search for a new job or take training to help them improve their skills.

EI also provides financial support to workers who are ill, persons who are providing care for a family member who is gravely ill with a significant risk of death and parents who must care for a seriously ill or injured child.

There are specific requirements for each type of EI benefit, which must be met by applicants to qualify for financial assistance.

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Québec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP)

The QPIP provides for the payment of benefits to eligible workers who take a maternity, paternity, parental or adoption leave during which they stop receiving remuneration.

The QPIP is an income replacement plan: to be eligible, you must have received work income.

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