Quebecers Are Starting To Get Cheques From The Province & Here's Who's Getting How Much

You might be getting a holiday present from the CAQ.

Assistant Editor, MTL Blog
Quebec and Canada flag flying over National Assembly in Quebec City, Quebec.

Quebec and Canada flag flying over National Assembly in Quebec City, Quebec.

On October 26, Quebec Premier François Legault announced that the provincial government would be moving forward with its plan to send inflation payments of between $400 and $600 to millions of Quebecers — and some residents have started reporting receiving their direct deposits as of November 30.

In a November 25 press release, Revenu Québec said it anticipated sending out the first of the one-time payments by "early December" — so they may actually be ahead of their timeline.

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Here's everything you need to know about getting your money.

How much will the Quebec inflation cheques be?

Per the Quebec government, those with a net income of $50,000 or less in 2021 will receive a one-time payment of $600, while those who had a net income between $50,000 and $100,000 will receive a minimum of $400.

Quebecers who made between $100,000 and $104,000 will receive something between $400 and $0. Anyone who made over $104,000 will get nothing.

How do the payment calculations work?

There are five income groups for the purposes of the inflation payments:

  1. those who made $50,000 or less in net income in 2021,
  2. those who made between $50,000 and $54,000,
  3. those who made between $54,000 and $100,000,
  4. those who made between $100,000 and $104,000,
  5. and those who made $104,000 and over.
For groups one and three, the payments will be an even $600 and $400, respectively.
Payment calculations are more complicated in groups two and four.

In group two, according to Revenu Québec, cheque amounts will equal $600 minus 5% of the value of an income that exceeds $50,000. So, for example, someone who made $53,000 in 2021 will get $450 ($600 – 0.05 x $3,000).

In group four, payments will equal $400 minus 10% of the value of an income above $100,000. Someone who made $101,000 in 2021 will therefore get $300 ($400 – 0.1 x $1,000).

Following that calculation, someone in income category five with a 2021 net income of $104,000 would get $0 ($400 – 0.1 x $4,000).

How do I get the one-time Quebec inflation payment?

Those worried about filling out forms and dealing with paperwork can rest assured that no additional steps are necessary to obtain the one-time financial assistance... so long as you're up to date on your tax filings.

Revenu Québec will automatically send the payment via direct deposit or cheque to those who filed their 2021 tax return.

Taxpayers who did not file their 2021 income tax return have until June 30, 2023, to do so and still benefit from the measure.

When will I get my Quebec inflation cheque? 

In late November, Revenu Québec said it was "finalizing preparation to make the payments" and expected to distribute them by "early December" — but, again, social media posts suggests some may have received their deposits on Nov. 30.

Who is eligible for the Quebec inflation cheque?

Over 6.5 million taxpayers are expected to receive the one-time payment. In order to be eligible, Quebecers must have been 18 years old and living in Quebec on December 31, 2021. They must also have been a citizen of Canada, permanent resident or non-citizen temporary resident who had been in Canada for the previous 18 months.

Inflation cheques will go out to all eligible individuals who filed their 2021 income tax return and had less than $104,000 in net income.

This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

Mike Chaar
Assistant Editor, MTL Blog
Mike Chaar is an Assistant Editor for MTL Blog focused on recalls in Canada and is based in Montreal, Quebec.
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