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Three special benefits are available to mothers receiving benefits under the Social Assistance Program or the Social Solidarity Program.

Learning about nutrition

Good nutrition is important during pregnancy and after your baby is born.

Go to the following pages to find out more:

Special pregnancy benefit

If you are pregnant, you are eligible for a special benefit of $55 per month.

This amount

  • is in addition to your monthly benefit until you give birth
  • is designed to help you buy nutritious food and have a healthy pregnancy

You are also eligible for this benefit if you are the parent of a dependent child who is pregnant.

Applying for the benefit

Step 1: Obtain a medical attestation as soon as possible

A medical attestation may be one of the following documents, among others:

The attestation must indicate 

  • the number of weeks of pregnancy
  • the expected date of delivery

The attestation must be signed by

  • your physician
  • a nurse practitioner, or
  • a midwife 

Step 2: Where to send the medical attestation

Send the attestation to your Services Québec office This hyperlink will open in a new window.. Payment of the special benefit begins as soon as the attestation is processed. The amount is paid in addition to your monthly benefit until you give birth.

Special nursing benefit

If you are breastfeeding a baby under 12 months of age, you are eligible for a special benefit of $55 per month.

Applying for the benefit

Step 1: Required information

Your application must contain the following information: 

  • Proof of your baby’s birth 
  • An indication of how long you plan to breastfeed your baby 

Step 2: Where to apply

File an application with your Services Québec office This hyperlink will open in a new window..

What to do if you stop breastfeeding

You must notify us as soon as you stop breastfeeding.

Assistance for the purchase of infant formula

This special benefit enables you to buy infant formula for less than the regular price.

In this section:  

  • You already receive the special nursing benefit 
  • Change in feeding method 
  • Procedure for obtaining infant formula 
  • Types of formula authorized and eligibility period 
  • Quantity authorized per month

You already receive the special nursing benefit

Except in specific cases, you are not eligible for assistance for the purchase of infant formula if you already receive the special nursing benefit.

Change in feeding method during the month

If you change feeding methods during the month, you will still receive the special nursing benefit. You could also receive assistance for the purchase of infant formula the same month.

Procedure for obtaining infant formula

Step 1: As soon as your baby is born

Proof of your baby’s birth must be provided as soon as possible. 

Contact your Services Québec office This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Step 2: Obtain an authorization number

You will be assigned an authorization number allowing you to receive assistance to buy infant formula. 

You will also receive a new claim slip (medication card) with your authorization number on it. 

This number will appear on all subsequent claim slips for the duration of the eligibility period. 

Step 3: When you purchase the formula

You will have to give your authorization number to the pharmacist, who will tell you

  • which formulas are authorized
  • how much they cost

Where to purchase infant formula in order to receive assistance

You must buy the infant formula at a pharmacy.

Types of formula authorized and eligibility period

You must buy liquid concentrate infant formula.

Baby under 9 months of age

The liquid concentrate infant formula may be

  • regular (cow’s milk)
  • soy-based
  • lactose-free

No medical certificate is required.

Example:  Baby born on January 13, 2019.

The eligibility period

  • begins on the date of birth (January 13, 2019)

  • ends on the last day of the month in which the baby turns 9 months of age (October 31, 2019)

Baby between 9 months and 1 year of age

Only the following types of liquid concentrate infant formula are authorized during this period:

  • Soy-based
  • Lactose-free

A medical certificate is required. It must be signed by

  • your physician
  • a nurse practitioner, or
  • a midwife 

Example: Baby born on January 13, 2019.

The eligibility period 

  • begins on the date on which the baby turns 9 months of age (October 13, 2019)
  • ends on the last day of the month in which the baby turns 1 year of age (January 31, 2020)

Quantity authorized per month

Quantities apply to 385-ml cans of liquid concentrate infant formula.

The amount you will have to pay per purchase of 12 cans of 385 ml is $8.75.

Baby under 7 months of age

The minimum quantity of formula per purchase is as follows:

  • 1 case of 24 cans, or
  • 2 cases of 12 cans

The maximum quantity that may be purchased per month is as follows:

  • 2 cases of 24 cans, or
  • 4 cases of 12 cans

Baby between 7 months and 1 year of age

The minimum quantity of formula per purchase is 1 case of 12 cans.

The maximum quantity that may be purchased per month is 3 cases of 12 cans.

Authorized quantity must not be exceeded

Purchases that exceed the authorized quantity of infant formula are not covered.

Keep your receipts during your eligibility period to keep track of the type and quantity of formula purchased.

Assistance from your local community service centre

Your local community service centre (CLSC) offers a number of services

  • during your pregnancy
  • when your baby is born
  • following the birth

For further information, contact the CLSC This hyperlink will open in a new window. nearest you.

You can also call Info-Santé at 8-1-1.

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.

You can view the amount and the date of your next benefit payments in your online file.

View the amounts and dates of the benefits

Questions?

If you have any questions concerning the Social Assistance Program or the Social Solidarity Program, call one of the numbers below: 

  • Montréal area: 514-873-4000 
  • Elsewhere in Québec: 1-877-767-8773 (toll free) 

This service is available during office hours. There are also other ways to contact us This hyperlink will open in a new window.