Under the Individual and Family Assistance Act, as of January 1, 2007, two last-resort financial assistance programs were introduced: the Social Assistance Program and the Social Solidarity Program.
The purpose of the Social Assistance Program is to grant last-resort financial assistance to people with no severely limited capacity for employment.
The purpose of the Social Solidarity Program is to grant last-resort financial assistance to people with severely limited capacity for employment. In the case of a family composed of two adults, only one adult must prove his or her severely limited capacity for employment in order for the family to be eligible for the program.
To obtain a social solidarity allowance, a medical report must be produced attesting to the fact that your physical or psychological condition is significantly impaired and will be permanently or for an indeterminate time and, therefore, in combination with your socio-occupational profile (little schooling, no work experience), you or your spouse have severely limited capacity for employment.
To be entitled to last-resort financial assistance under the Social Assistance Program or the Social Solidarity Program, you must meet the eligibility conditions prescribed in the Individual and Family Assistance Act and the Regulation respecting individual and family assistance, namely:
Before submitting your last resort financial assistance application, you can obtain a preliminary assessment using the Simul Aide software application. Note, however, that this simulation may not be used for legal interpretation purposes and does not replace the provisions of the laws and regulations in effect.