COVID-19 : Federal Government Assistance
Before applying for social assistance, you should find out if you are eligible for measures implemented by the federal government .
If you received the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), please note that the period for informing the Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale has been extended until June 30, 2021. For more information, see the Change in your situation page.
Leaving the Social Assistance Program or the Social Solidarity Program due to Employment
If you would like to improve your financial situation, you can do so by getting employment.
Having a job helps you
- get work experience
- increase your financial independence
Contact an employment assistance officer to find out about the possibilities available to you. You can find an employment assistance service using the Locator—Services Québec offices .
Determining your disposable income
SimulRevenu (French only) is a simulation tool that enables you to quickly estimate your disposable income.
Example 1: Couple with no children
John is 56 years old. He has a spouse, Judy.
John lost his job.
He and Judy were receiving benefits under the Social Assistance Program. By returning to the job market, they increased their disposable income.
They followed these steps:
- They met with an employment assistance officer at a Services Québec office .
- They participated in the Manpower Training measure.
- They applied their new skills by working a few hours a week.
- They worked part time (20 hours a week).
- After a few weeks, they both increased their work hours to 35 hours a week.
Example 2: Person living alone
Patrick is 38 years old.
He had been receiving benefits under the Social Assistance Program for 3 years.
By getting off social assistance and entering the job market, he increased his income considerably.
He followed these steps:
Example 3: Head of a single-parent family
Lucy, 26, lives alone with her 6-year-old daughter.
She had been a recipient of the Social Assistance Program for 5 years.
By returning to the job market, she increased her disposable income.
She followed these steps:
- She met with an employment assistance officer at a Services Québec office .
- She participated in the Manpower Training measure.
- She worked full time at minimum wage.
- After a few months, thanks to her professionalism and motivation, she received a wage increase.
- She is receiving the supplement to the work premium.
Example 4: Couple with children
Carl and Maria have two children, aged 7 and 9.
They had been recipients of the Social Assistance Program for a year and a half.
By each finding a job, they increased their annual disposable income.
Carl followed these steps:
- He met with an employment assistance officer at a Services Québec office .
- He participated in the Employment Assistance Services measure, entitling him to an allowance.
- After searching for a few weeks, Carl found a part-time job (20 hours a week) at minimum wage.
- A few months later, he found full-time work.
Maria followed these steps:
- She took part in the Employment Integration Program for Immigrants and Visible Minorities (PRIIME).
- She found full-time work at minimum wage.
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.
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 .