This program provides financial assistance to low-income people and families who spend the bulk of their budget on housing. For the period from October 1, 2023, to September 30, 2024, you can get $100, $150 or $170 per month if one of the following applies:
You live alone and are 50 or over.
You have a spouse and one of you is 50 or older.
You are part of a low-income household with at least one dependent child.
Note that your family income must not exceed a certain amount. Whether you’re a tenant, owner or boarder, the shelter allowance program can help!
The only way to make sure you get the full amount of each component of the solidarity tax credit you’re eligible for is to file your tax return, along with Schedule D, and sign up for direct deposit. If you’re eligible for the credit but don’t complete Schedule D, you’ll only get the basic amount of the QST component.
If you rent or sublet an eligible dwelling, you’ll need an RL-31 slip (that your landlord will give you) to complete Schedule D and get the amount of the housing component you’re eligible for.
Yes, but no later than four years following the end of the taxation year used to calculate the credit for the period in question. For example, if you forgot to claim the credit when you did your taxes for 2019 (for the period from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021), you have until December 31, 2023, to claim it.
You must meet the basic conditions, and your work income for the year must be greater than $2,400 or $3,600, depending on whether or not you had a spouse. There is also a limit on family income based on your situation (single person, childless couple, couple with one or more children or single parent).
The only way to make sure you get the full amount of the work premium you’re eligible for is to file your tax return and Schedule P. You can also apply for advance payments. Go to our website to find out how and see the documents you need to enclose with your return.
Tax credits, deductions and programs for low-income people and families
Refundable tax credit
Solidarity tax credit
The solidarity tax credit is a refundable tax credit for low- and middle-income people and families. It is based on your situation on December 31 and paid over a 12-month period beginning on July 1 of the following year.
The amount for a person living alone reduces your income tax. You may be eligible if, throughout the year, you lived alone or only with people under 18 or your children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren 18 or over who were full-time students pursuing vocational training at the secondary level or post-secondary studies.
The Work Premium, Adapted Work Premium and Supplement to the Work Premium (IN-245-V)
This publication provides information about the work premium, adapted work premium and supplement to the work premium, which are refundable tax credits you can claim in the income tax return under certain conditions.