Eligibility Requirements

To receive any of the work premium tax credits for a given year, you must meet all the following basic requirements:

  • On December 31 of the year, you were resident in Québec and:
    • a Canadian citizen,
    • an Indian,
    • a permanent resident, or
    • a person on whom Canada has conferred refugee protection.
  • On December 31 of the year, you were 18 or older. If you were under 18, you are still eligible if:
    • you had a spouse on December 31,
    • you are the father or mother of a child who lives with you, or
    • you have been recognized as an emancipated minor by a competent authority.
  • You (or your spouse on December 31) are reporting:
    • employment income,
    • a research grant,
    • Wage Earner Protection Program (WEPP) payments, or
    • income from a business that was carried on by you and/or your spouse, either independently or as a partner actively engaged in the business.
  • You did not transfer an amount as a child 18 or over enrolled in post-secondary studies to your father or mother (line 20 of Schedule S for the year).
  • No one received the family allowance from Retraite Québec with regard to you, unless you turned 18 before December 1 of the year.
  • No one designated you as a dependent child for purposes of the work premium or adapted work premium.
  • You were not a full-time student (if you were a full-time student, you are not entitled to the tax credits respecting the work premium unless you were the mother or father of a child living with you on December 31 of the year).
Note

You cannot receive any of the work premium tax credits if you were confined to a prison or similar institution on December 31 of the year in question and you were confined for more than 183 days in the year.

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If you meet all the conditions above, read on to see whether you are entitled to the tax credits.

Work premium

You may be entitled to the work premium for the 2021 taxation year if, in addition to the basic requirements, you meet all of the requirements below:

  • Your annual work income is:
    • over $2,400 if you are a person living alone or a single parent,
    • over $3,600 when added to that of your spouse, whether or not you have any children
  • Your annual family income is less than the appropriate amount from the table below.
Maximum family income to be eligible for the work premium for 2021 according to your family situation
Family situation Maximum family income 
Person living alone $20,594
Couple without children $32,021
Single parent $36,728
Couple with at least one child $50,521
Note

If you designate a dependent child, he or she must be under 18 or, if he or she is 18 or over, he or she must be enrolled in vocational training at the secondary level or in a post-secondary program

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Adapted work premium

You may be entitled to the adapted work premium if, in addition to the basic requirements, you meet both of the requirements below:

  • Your or your spouse's annual work income is over $1,200.
  • Your annual family income is less than the appropriate amount from the table below.
Maximum family income to be eligible for the adapted work premium for 2021 according to your family situation
Family situation Maximum family income 
Person living alone $34,125
Couple without children $52,328
Single parent $50,872
Couple with at least one child $67,314
Notes
  • If you designate a dependent child, he or she must be under 18 or, if he or she is 18 or over, he or she must be enrolled in vocational training at the secondary level or in a post-secondary program.
  • If you are entitled to both the work premium and the adapted work premium, you will receive the greater of the two.
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You must also meet one of the following requirements:

  • During the year or in one of the last five years, you or your spouse received an allowance under the Social Solidarity Program because of a severely limited capacity for employment.
  • For the year, you or your spouse is entitled to the amount for a severe and prolonged impairment in mental or physical functions (provided you have filed a Certificate Respecting an Impairment [form TP-752.0.14-V] or a copy of a Disability Tax Credit Certificate [federal form T2201]).
Supplement to the work premium (for former recipients of social assistance)

You may be eligible for the supplement to the work premium if, in addition to the basic requirements, you meet all of the requirements below:

  • You are claiming the supplement for a month that is included in a period of transition to work.
  • You received last-resort financial assistance or financial assistance under the Youth Alternative Program or the Aim for Employment Program during at least 24 of the 30 months immediately before the start of the period of transition to work;
  • For the first month of your period of transition to work, you held a claim booklet issued by the Ministère du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale that entitled you to certain dental and pharmaceutical services (unless you received financial assistance under the Youth Alternative Program for the month before you began your transition to work).
  • Your work income is at least $200 for the month for which you are claiming the supplement to the work premium.

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