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, 2020

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
$23,842
One adult and one child
$29,171
One adult and two children or more
$31,141
Spouses
$33,181
Two adults and one child
$37,125
Two adults and two children or more
$39,097
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
$23,843 to $25,025
$100
$25,026 to $26,207
$200
$26,208 to $27,390
$300
$27,391 to $28,573
$400
$28,574 to $29,755
$500
$29,756 to $30,938
$600
$30,939 to $32,120
$700
$32,121 to $33,304
$800
One adult and one child
$29,172 to $30,617
$100
$30,618 to $32,063
$200
$32,064 to $33,508
$300
$33,509 to $34,954
$400
$34,955 to $36,400
$500
$36,401 to $37,846
$600
$37,847 to $39,291
$700
$39,292 to $40,738
$800
One adult and two children or more
$31,142 to $32,685
$100
$32,686 to $34,228
$200
$34,229 to $35,772
$300
$35,773 to $37,315
$400
$37,316 to $38,859
$500
$38,860 to $40,402
$600
$40,403 to $41,946
$700
$41,947 to $43,490
$800
Spouses without children
$33,182 to $34,827
$100
$34,828 to $36,472
$200
$36,473 to $38,118
$300
$38,119 to $39,764
$400
$39,765 to $41,409
$500
$41,410 to $43,055
$600
$43,056 to $44,700
$700
$44,701 to $46,347
$800
Spouses with one child
$37,126 to $38,966
$100
$38,967 to $40,807
$200
$40,808 to $42,648
$300
$42,649 to $44,489
$400
$44,490 to $46,329
$500
$46,330 to $48,170
$600
$48,171 to $50,011
$700
$50,012 to $51,853
$800
Two spouses with two children or more
$39,098 to $41,036
$100
$41,037 to $42,975
$200
$42,976 to $44,913
$300
$44,914 to $46,852
$400
$46,853 to $48,791
$500
$48,792 to $50,730
$600
$50,731 to $52,668
$700
$52,669 to $54,608
$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
<$28,611
You are single with one child
<$35,006
You are single with two children or more
<$37,370
You have a spouse
<$39,819
You have a spouse and one child
<$44,551
You have a spouse and two children or more
<$46,918
Contributory aid
You are single
$28,612 to $39,965
You are single with one child
$35,007 to $48,886
You are single with two children or more
$37,371 to $52,188
You have a spouse
$39,820 to $55,617
You have a spouse and one child
$44,552 to $62,224
You have a spouse and two children or more
$46,919 to $65,530