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Assistance for Workers Affected by Collective Dismissals

The income support program for workers affected by collective dismissals ended on July 1, 2014. Persons affected by a collective dismissal after that date are therefore not eligible for the program.

Have you been affected by a mass job loss? If your group of workers is found to be eligible for the income support program for workers affected by collective dismissals, you may be entitled to temporary financial assistance.

Who is this program designed for?

To be eligible for this program, you must:

How much financial assistance is provided?

The amount of the financial assistance granted can be up to $710 a month for one adult and $1,065 a month for two adults. It is adjusted every year on January 1.

We do not take your income or that of your spouse into account in calculating the benefit amount.

The amount of the assistance is reduced only if you earn over $200 a month or, in the case of a couple, over $300 a month.

In calculating the benefit amount, we do not take into account:

  • the value of your assets (house, cottage, car, land, etc.)
  • your liquid assets (money that you have in hand or in a bank account, term deposits, savings bonds, RRSP, etc.)

You are not entitled to claim slips or to any additional amounts for other special needs, including health-related needs.

The program runs for a maximum of 24 months from the date established for the group of workers to which you belong. No financial assistance is payable beyond three years after the date of the collective dismissal.

Questions & Answers

How do I know whether my group of workers has been accepted for the program?

To find out whether your group of workers is eligible for the program, contact the Centre de communication avec la clientèle (CCC) or a local employment centre (CLE)Opens external link in new window..

Is the financial assistance taxable?

Yes. The amounts granted under the program are taxable. No income tax is deducted at source when the financial assistance is paid.

If you have other questions, contact the Centre de communication avec la clientèle (CCC) or a local employment centre (CLE)Opens external link in new window..

Definitions

Collective dismissal

For the purposes of the income support program for workers affected by collective dismissals, “collective dismissal” means the termination of employment or layoff, over a period of 2 consecutive months as of the expected dismissal date, of 50 or more salaried employees at the same establishment. The dismissal must be the result of a reduction in or cessation of activities for economic or technological reasons. In the case of a termination, the employer-employee relationship is severed. In the case of a layoff, a return to work is expected and the duration of the layoff must be at least 6 months.

Québec’s resource regions

Québec’s resource regions are Bas-Saint-Laurent, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Mauricie, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Côte-Nord, Nord-du-Québec and Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine.

Other regions of Québec

Capitale-Nationale, Estrie, Outaouais, Chaudière-Appalaches, Laval, Montréal, Lanaudière, Laurentides, Montérégie and Centre-du-Québec.

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