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, 2018

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
$21,840
One adult and one child
$26,720
One adult and two children or more
$28,525
Spouses
$30,394
Two adults and one child
$34,007
Two adults and two children or more
$35,813
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
$21,841 to $22,923
$100
$22,924 to $24,006
$200
$24,007 to $25,089
$300
$25,090 to $26,173
$400
$26,174 to $27,256
$500
$27,257 to $28,339
$600
$28,340 to $29,422
$700
$29,423 to $30,506
$800
One adult and one child
$26,721 to $28,045
$100
$28,046 to $29,369
$200
$29,370 to $30,694
$300
$30,695 to $32,018
$400
$32,019 to $33,343
$500
$33,344 to $34,667
$600
$34,668 to $35,992
$700
$35,993 to $37,317
$800
One adult and two children or more
$28,526 to $29,939
$100
$29,940 to $31,353
$200
$31,354 to $32,767
$300
$32,768 to $34,181
$400
$34,182 to $35,595
$500
$35,596 to $37,009
$600
$37,010 to $38,423
$700
$38,424 to $39,838
$800
Spouses without children
$30,395 to $31,902
$100
$31,903 to $33,409
$200
$33,410 to $34,917
$300
$34,918 to $36,424
$400
$36,425 to $37,932
$500
$37,933 to $39,439
$600
$39,440 to $40,947
$700
$40,948 to $42,455
$800
Spouses with one child
$34,008 to $35,693
$100
$35,694 to $37,380
$200
$37,381 to $39,066
$300
$39,067 to $40,752
$400
$40,753 to $42,438
$500
$42,439 to $44,125
$600
$44,126 to $45,811
$700
$45,812 to $47,498
$800
Two spouses with two children or more
$35,814 to $37,589
$100
$37,590 to $39,365
$200
$39,366 to $41,141
$300
$41,142 to $42,917
$400
$42,918 to $44,692
$500
$44,693 to $46,468
$600
$46,469 to $48,244
$700
$48,245 to $50,021
$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
<$26,208
You are single with one child
<$32,064
You are single with two children or more
<$34,230
You have a spouse
<$36,473
You have a spouse and one child
<$40,809
You have a spouse and two children or more
<$42,976
Contributory aid
You are single
$26,209 to $36,608
You are single with one child
$32,065 to $44,781
You are single with two children or more
$34,231 to $47,806
You have a spouse
$36,474 to $50,946
You have a spouse and one child
$40,810 to $56,998
You have a spouse and two children or more
$42,977 to $60,026