Sums that may be paid

Calculation of the benefit

The basic benefit is the maximum amount that can be paid to you. It varies depending on your situation. Benefits are adjusted (indexed) each year on January 1.

Since February 1, 2018, your basic benefit has been enhanced as a result of the announcement of the Government Action Plan to Foster Economic Inclusion and Social Participation 2017-2023 This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Other changes have come into effect, such as: 

  • the increase in exclusions from work income for individuals and families in the Social Solidarity Program;
  • the possible recognition of adult status for an adult child who is a secondary school student in general education and who is a member of a family benefiting from one of the social assistance programs;
  • increase in the exemption for child support.

To determine whether you are entitled to last-resort financial assistance and to establish your benefit, an assessment of all the resources you have available (money in the bank, value of your home, etc.) will be made.

Some of your resources may be exempted or excluded, i.e. not taken into account in the calculation of your benefit. Certain situations may also be considered.

For more information on how the benefit is calculated, see How the benefit is calculated.

Additional amounts that may be paid

You may receive temporarily limites capacity allowance or additional amounts called "adjustments".

There are different types of adjustments depending on your situation and your family. An adjustment allows you to adapt the amount of a benefit to a particular situation. 

For example, if a person receiving social assistance or social solidarity has only two children aged 12 to 17, or if the children are in secondary vocational school or higher, he or she will receive an adjustment, an additional amount, to meet the needs of his or her children.

You can get information on the following adjustments and allowance:

Knowing the adjustments and allowances

How to get a special benefit

A special benefit is an amount that is added to the basic benefit and is used to reimburse certain expenses related to

  • a particular need (e.g. the purchase of glasses);
  • a special situation (e.g. fire damage).

Steps to get a special benefit

Step 1: Obtain authorization

To obtain a special benefit, you may have to provide various documents. They will allow you to obtain authorization from a Services Québec office or a local employment centre (CLE) This hyperlink will open in a new window. to receive a special benefit. 

You do not need to obtain authorization for certain benefits, such as medical transportation or services covered by your claim slips.

Step 2: Provide documentation

Provide the documents that support your request, for example

Step 3: Provide proof of purchase

You must provide proof of purchase of the good or service, such as a receipt or invoice, or the special benefit request form given to you by your agent in order to receive reimbursement. 

When to apply?

You have to file your rebate application no later than 30 days after you obtained the property or service for which you are claiming a rebate.

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Use of the claim slips

The claim slips allows the provider and his family to obtain certain drugs and health services at no cost.

This booklet, also known as the drug card, is sent on the 1st of each month to recipients of the Social Assistance Program and the Social Solidarity Program.

Conditions of use of the claim slips

To obtain certain medications with the claim slips, the person must be eligible for the Social Assistance Program or the Social Solidarity Program.

In addition, the claimant must have received social assistance or social solidarity benefits for a certain number of months without interruption in order to obtain the following services with his or her claim slips:

  • eye exam: 12 months;
  • dentures: 24 months;
  • dental: 12 months.

When to use the claim slips?

The person who has a claim slips must present it when receiving medication or service.

Benefit amounts and payment dates

To find out the benefit amounts available, simply visit the following section: Benefit amounts for the current year.

To find out the dates on which payments are made, consult the following section: Benefit payment dates for the current year

Questions?

If you have any questions concerning social assistance and social solidarity, call our toll-free number: 1 877 767-8773.