The content of this page applies to the Social Assistance Program and the Social Solidarity Program.

The financial assistance granted to a person may include 

An administrator may be designated to administer the financial assistance granted to an independent adult or an adult couple. 

For the purposes of this page, “administrator” means a natural person and not a legal person (body, institution, etc.).

Principles applicable to the administrator

The financial assistance  

  • must be used in a reasonable way 
  • must be used for the sole benefit of the independent adult or the adult couple to whom the assistance is granted 
  • must not benefit the administrator either directly or indirectly 

Obligations of the administrator

In this section:  

  • Administer the financial assistance 
  • Declare property and income 
  • Declare cash resources 
  • Keep supporting documents 
  • Submit a report 

Administer the financial assistance

A person may administer the financial assistance granted to more than one adult or adult couple. 

The financial assistance must be administered separately for each adult or adult couple, in such manner that its use may be easily justified. 

Advice

Open a separate account for each adult or adult couple to facilitate administration of the financial assistance.

Declare property and income

The administrator is required to declare the adult’s property and income. 

The administrator must declare   

  • property (house, cottage, land, vehicle, motorcycle, etc.) 
  • work income (wages, tips, etc.) 
  • gifts (sums of money or property) 

The administrator must also declare compensation and indemnities paid by, for example,  

  • the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) 
  • the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) 

The administrator must also declare benefits paid by, for example,  

  • Retraite Québec 
  • the Employment Insurance Program 
  • the Québec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) 
  • the Canada Pension Plan 

The adult’s or adult couple’s situation may change at any time. The administrator must notify the Ministère of any change in the circumstances of the adult or the adult couple, as it could affect the amount of assistance granted. 

Declare cash resources

The administrator may consult 

Below the maximum amount, referred to as the basic exemption, the value of cash resources (liquid assets) does not affect the monthly amount of financial assistance.  

Other amounts (further exclusions) may also be excluded from liquid assets. These exemptions vary depending on the recipient’s family situation.

For example, in the case of an adult couple with dependent children under 18 years of age, the maximum amount of cash resources the family may hold is increased. However, the increase does not apply to an adult who is a minor sheltered with a dependent child.

Declare additional cash resources

Where the value of cash resources in a month exceeds the maximum amount, the excess amount is referred to as excess liquid assets. The excess resources reduce the amount of financial assistance received the following month. 

Example: The only cash resources an independent adult receiving financial assistance under the Social Solidarity Program holds is the money deposited in their bank account. The maximum amount the adult is allowed to have in the account is $2,500. 

Calculation of cash resources for the month of June:  

  • Balance in the account on June 1: $3,000 
  • Total expenses in June: $400  
  • Balance in the account on June 30: $2,600 
  • Maximum amount of cash resources: $2,500 
  • Excess cash resources: $100 

The financial assistance granted for the month of July will be reduced by $100. 

Any overpayment of financial assistance must be repaid to the Ministère. 

Keep supporting documents

The administrator must keep the vouchers for the expenses paid using the financial assistance. 

Advice

Keep

  • bills/invoices 
  • receipts 
  • cash register receipts 

File the vouchers as they are received by  

  • preparing an envelope for each month 
  • putting each voucher in the appropriate envelope 

Submit a report

On request, the administrator must submit a report on the administration of the financial assistance.

Advice

Gather the following documents to serve as your report:  

  • Bank statements for the account in which the financial assistance is deposited 
  • Supporting documents for the expenses paid 

Make sure that every withdrawal and deposit can be justified. 

Further information on the administrator’s obligations

For further information on the administrator’s obligations, contact a Services Québec office This hyperlink will open in a new window.

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.