Eligibility Requirements

The Allowance for Special Needs Program is intended for children if they have a major functional disability that limits their academic learning at home.

Your child must attend a recognized unsubsidized private school and follow a recognized program of study.

The allowance allows you to purchase the necessary material resources to enable your child to pursue their studies in:

  • preschool
  • elementary school
  • secondary school

No other program should cover the same needs.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, your child must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have refugee or protected person status.
  • Be a person considered as a Québec resident.
  • Be admitted to a recognized unsubsidized private school and follow a recognized program of study.
  • Be enrolled in full-time studies or have a minimum of 20 course hours per month.

Types of Disabilities

The recognized major functional disabilities are:

  • a severe visual impairment
  • a severe hearing impairment
  • a motor or organic impairment that causes significant and persistent limitations

The other recognized disabilities are:

  • limited hearing capability (minimum threshold of 25 decibels)
  • paralysis
  • paresis
  • language or speech impairment

These disabilities must be diagnosed by a physician and be part of a healthcare professional’s recommendation.

Last update: October 21, 2022

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