Did you know that you can receive a $1,000 job maintenance bonus if you cease to benefit from the Social Assistance Program or the Social Solidarity Program and if you have held a full-time job for 12 consecutive months?

The $1,000 Job Retention Bonus may also be paid to you if you stop participating in the Aim for Employment Program because of your work income and have been employed on a full-time basis for 12 consecutive months.

This measure has been in effect since February 1, 2018.

To whom can this bonus be paid?

The bonus may be paid to you if you meet the following conditions:

  • you have been a beneficiary of the Social Assistance Program or the Social Solidarity Program or have participated in the Aim for Employment Program for at least 12 months in the 24 months before your benefits end;
  • you have held a full-time job or jobs for 12 consecutive months;
  • you ceased to be eligible for one of these programs as of February 1, 2018, because of your employment income;
  • you were not eligible for the Work Premium Supplement, a refundable tax credit paid by Revenu Québec, when you stopped receiving financial assistance under one of these programs;
  • you are not attending an educational institution on a full-time basis during the period covered by the application;
  • you are not participating in an active measure of the public employment services, with the exception of the Work Integration Contract measure or the Subsidy Program for Adapted Businesses;
  • you have not already benefited from a job maintenance bonus.

What jobs are eligible?

To be eligible, your employment must meet the following conditions:

  • be a full-time job, i.e. at least 30 hours per week, unless severe limitations to the job justify a reduced number of hours;
  • be insurable employment within the meaning of the Employment Insurance Act;
  • be employment that meets the minimum working conditions set out in the Act respecting labour standards and that is not likely to endanger your health and safety or harm your integrity.

How do you ask for a bonus?

Eleven months after ceasing to benefit from the Social Assistance Program, the Social Solidarity Program or the Aim for Employment Program because of your work income, you will automatically receive a letter and a form to apply for a job maintenance bonus.

You must then send us your application within 45 calendar days after the end date of the period in which you were employed for 12 months without interruption. Calendar days are defined as the days that follow each other, regardless of whether those days are statutory holidays, Saturdays or Sundays. Calendar days are from Sunday to Saturday, as opposed to working days, which are from Monday to Friday.

Applying for a bonus during the public health emergency

Given the public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the requirements regarding the work period may be relaxed.

If the expected end date of your 12 consecutive months of full-time work falls during the public health emergency declared on March 13, 2020, you may be eligible for the bonus even if the 12-month total required was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

You must submit your application within 45 days after the initial date on which your 12 consecutive months of full-time work were expected to end.

For example, if your work was expected to end on May 27, 2020, you must submit your application no later than July 11, 2020.

You must enclose the following documents with your application:

  • The first pay slip of the work period
  • Your most recent pay slip

After your application for the bonus is received, along with the above documents, it will be analyzed. Before making a decision, we will contact you to complete the information in your file, if needed.

If you have any questions concerning the bonus, you can call your Services Québec office or local employment centre This hyperlink will open in a new window..