Consider other options
The Social assistance and Social Solidarity Programs are last-resort financial assistance. Before applying, consider the following avenues:
Find out whether you’re eligible
The amount of financial assistance you receive depends on your situation.
- If you do not have a severely limited capacity for employment, you could be eligible for the Social Assistance Program.
- If you have a severely limited capacity for employment, you could be eligible for the Social Solidarity Program. You will have to submit a medical report.
To be eligible for social assistance, you must meet a number of conditions, including the following:
- Prove that your resources (cash, property, earnings, benefits and income) are equal to or less than the amounts prescribed by regulation
- be a Québec resident
- be 18 or over
- if you are under 18, you must be married, have been married, or be the parent of a dependent child
Use SimulAide to find out whether you are eligible for assistance
SimulAide is a simulation tool you can use to determine whether you would be eligible for last-resort financial assistance.
To assess your eligibility for last-resort financial assistance, you must provide certain information about you and your spouse (if any):
- family composition
- your labour market situation
- liquid assets (money)
See the Determining your resources page to find out what financial resources can be exempted or excluded.
Use the SimulAide online simulation tool to find out whether you are eligible for last-resort financial assistance.
File an application
See the Filing an application page to learn how to apply.
- Severely limited capacity for employment
- An adult who has a severely limited capacity for employment is a person who:
- has serious health problems, meaning that the person's physical or mental condition is clearly deficient or impaired, either permanently or for an indefinite period;
- whose socio-professional profile (education and work experience) limits his or her capacity for employment
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