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Obtaining Financial Assistance

Emploi-Québec administers several financial assistance programs designed to help low-income individuals and families with their social integration and job integration.

Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for financial support. You might also qualify for income support to reimburse certain expenses if you take part in specific programs or employment measures.

Last-resort financial assistance

Regardless of your circumstances and whether or not you have temporary employment constraints, you may qualify for last-resort financial assistance. You could also be eligible for special benefits covering the cost of medication, optometric services, dental care and other specific needs.

See the Social Assistance section.

Assistance for individuals under age 25

The Youth Alternative Program lends a helping hand to young people under age 25 who qualify for last-resort financial assistance, providing financial assistance and personalized support to help them enter the job market.

See the Assistance for Individuals under Age 25 page.

Financial support for pregnant minors

The Pregnant Minor Financial Assistance Program provides monthly financial assistance for future mothers under age 18, right up until their child is born.

See the Assistance for Pregnant Minors page.

Financial support for persons aged 55 to 59 who have lost their job

The Income Support Program for Older Workers ended on March 31, 2013, for the asbestos mining sector and on December 31, 2012, for all other sectors of activity. It allowed people between the ages of 55 and 59 who had lost their job because of the economic situation and who met certain criteria to receive monthly financial assistance. 

See the Assistance for Workers Aged 55 to 59 page.

Support for workers affected by collective dismissals

The income support program for workers affected by collective dismissals ended on July 1, 2014. It provides temporary financial assistance for workers affected by a collective dismissal prior to that date who meet certain criteria.

See the Assistance for Workers Affected by Collective Dismissals page.

Help with going back to work

The Supplement to the Work Premium program is designed to cover expenses involved in joining the workforce. It is payable to persons who are no longer receiving last-resort financial assistance or no longer participating in the Youth Alternative Program, but whose work income is insufficient to meet their needs.

See the Assistance for Former Recipients of Social Assistance page.

Other income support programs for which you may be eligible

Depending on your circumstances, you could be eligible for financial assistance from other Québec government departments and agencies. Learn more about the available programs.

See the Other Income Support Programs page.