Calculating the Basic Benefit

Basic benefit

The basic benefit is the maximum amount for which you qualify. The amount varies depending on your situation. Benefits are increased (indexed) on January 1 every year.

The basic benefit was enhanced on February 1, 2018 following the announcement of the Government Action Plan to Foster Economic Inclusion and Social Participation 2017-2023.

The folder New Benefit Amounts (PDF, 165 KB) This hyperlink will open in a new window. contains information on the amount of benefits for which you qualify depending on your situation.

See Notice to Clients─Adjustment to Your Basic Benefit (PDF, 107 KB) This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Individual development account

Under certain conditions, and with the agreement of the Ministère du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale, you may open an account at a financial institution and accumulate up to $5,000 for the purpose of carrying out a specific project (training, purchasing a car, etc.) without any reduction in your benefit amount. 

Information or complaints

Contact us This hyperlink will open in a new window. if you have any questions or complaints.

Call 18777678773 (toll free).

See the folder New Benefit Amounts (PDF, 165 KB) This hyperlink will open in a new window. to find out the amount of benefits for which you qualify depending on your situation.

See the Payment Calendar (PDF, 300 KB) This hyperlink will open in a new window. to find out when the next payments will be made.

Complete the Direct Deposit Registration Form This hyperlink will open in a new window. available online or at your local employment centre (CLE) This hyperlink will open in a new window.. The amounts to which you are entitled will be deposited directly in your bank account.