Eligibility

To have access to legal aid, your personal situation must meet the requirements set out under the Legal Aid Act and the Legal Aid Regulation.

A person who receives benefits under a last-resort financial assistance program provided for in the Individual and Family Assistance Act, or who is a member of a family receiving such benefits (social assistance benefits)m is automatically eligible to gratuitous legal aid.

Gratuitous legal aid effective May 31, 2019

To have access to gratuitous legal aid, the applicant’s and his family’s financial situation must not exceed any of the following scales:

Gross annual income scale
Single person
$22,750
One adult and one child
$27,834
One adult and two children or more
$29,714
Spouses
$31,661
Two adults and one child
$35,424
Two adults and two children or more
$37,306
Assets scale
Applicant and owner spouse of the household
$90,000
Applicant and non-owning spouse of the household
$45,000
Liquidities scale
Single person
$2,500
Family
$5,000

Contributory legal aid

When the applicant’s financial situation exceeds one of the scales set forth for gratuitous legal aid, he can nonetheless be eligible for legal aid upon payment of a contribution. The contribution is calculated in increments of $100, up to a maximum of $800, in accordance with a scale. It must be paid within 15 days following the date of issuance of the eligibility certificate, but it can also be paid in instalments spread over a maximum period of 6 months.

Calculation

To know which of the gratuitous legal aid levels would apply to the applicant, we must first determine which class he corresponds to (e.g. single person, spouses with one child, etc.).

Are added to the amount laid down for the level the applicant corresponds to, the amounts equivalent to:

  • 100% of excess income;
  • 10% of excess assets; and
  • 100% of excess liquidities.

The resulting total amount is the deemed income used to determine if the applicant is eligible for contributory legal aid.

Single person
$22,751 to $23,878
$100
$23,879 to $25,007
$200
$25,008 to $26,135
$300
$26,136 to $27,264
$400
$27,265 to $28,392
$500
$28,393 to $29,520
$600
$29,521 to $30,649
$700
$30,650 to $31,778
$800
One adult and one child
$27,835 to $29,214
$100
$29,215 to $30,593
$200
$30,594 to $31,973
$300
$31,974 to $33,353
$400
$33,354 to $34,732
$500
$34,733 to $36,112
$600
$36,113 to $37,491
$700
$37,492 to $38,872
$800
One adult and two children or more
$29,715 to $31,187
$100
$31,188 to $32,660
$200
$32,661 to $34,133
$300
$34,134 to $35,606
$400
$35,607 to $37,078
$500
$37,079 to $38,551
$600
$38,552 to $40,024
$700
$40,025 to $41,498
$800
Spouses without children
$31,662 to $33,231
$100
$33,232 to $34,802
$200
$34,803 to $36,372
$300
$36,373 to $37,942
$400
$37,943 to $39,512
$500
$39,513 to $41,083
$600
$41,084 to $42,653
$700
$42,654 to $44,224
$800
Spouses with one child
$35,425 to $37,181
$100
$37,182 to $38,937
$200
$38,938 to $40,694
$300
$40,695 to $42,451
$400
$42,452 to $44,207
$500
$44,208 to $45,964
$600
$45,965 to $47,720
$700
$47,721 to $49,478
$800
Two spouses with two children or more
$37,307 to $39,156
$100
$39,157 to $41,006
$200
$41,007 to $42,856
$300
$42,857 to $44,706
$400
$44,707 to $46,555
$500
$46,556 to $48,405
$600
$48,406 to $50,255
$700
$50,256 to $52,106
$800

Eligibility scale for remote regions

Applicants who have resided for a minimum of six consecutive months in the localities of Mistissini, Oujé-Bougoumou, Waswanipi, or in any locality situated in any part of the territory of Quebec extending north of the 51st degree of latitude (James Bay, Hudson Bay, and Ungava Bay communities) upon submitting their application for legal aid, are considered residents of a remote region.

Free legal aid
You are single
<$27,300
You are single with one child
<$33,401
You are single with two children or more
<$35,657
You have a spouse
<$37,994
You have a spouse and one child
<$42,509
You have a spouse and two children or more
<$44,768
Contributory aid
You are single
$27,301 to $38,134
You are single with one child
$33,402 to $46,647
You are single with two children or more
$35,658 to $49,798
You have a spouse
$37,995 to $53,069
You have a spouse and one child
$42,510 to $59,374
You have a spouse and two children or more
$44,769 to $62,528