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, 2022

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
$25,935
One adult and one child
$31,733
One adult and two children or more
$33,875
Spouses
$36,095
Two adults and one child
$40,385
Two adults and two children or more
$42,530
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
$25,936 to $27,222
$100
$27,223 to $28,508
$200
$28,509 to $29,795
$300
$29,796 to $31,081
$400
$31,082 to $32,368
$500
$32,369 to $33,654
$600
$33,655 to $34,941
$700
$34,942 to $36,228
$800
One adult and one child
$31,734 to $33,306
$100
$33,307 to $34,878
$200
$34,879 to $36,451
$300
$36,452 to $38,024
$400
$38,025 to $39,596
$500
$39,597 to $41,169
$600
$41,170 to $42,741
$700
$42,742 to $44,315
$800
One adult and two children or more
$33,876 to $35,554
$100
$35,555 to $37,233
$200
$37,234 to $38,912
$300
$38,913 to $40,591
$400
$40,592 to $42,270
$500
$42,271 to $43,949
$600
$43,950 to $45,628
$700
$45,629 to $47,308
$800
Spouses without children
$36,096 to $37,885
$100
$37,886 to $39,675
$200
$39,676 to $41,465
$300
$41,466 to $43,255
$400
$43,256 to $45,045
$500
$45,046 to $46,835
$600
$46,836 to $48,625
$700
$48,626 to $50,416
$800
Spouses with one child
$40,386 to $42,388
$100
$42,389 to $44,390
$200
$44,391 to $46,393
$300
$46,394 to $48,395
$400
$48,396 to $50,398
$500
$50,399 to $52,400
$600
$52,401 to $54,403
$700
$54,404 to $56,406
$800
Two spouses with two children or more
$42,531 to $44,639
$100
$44,640 to $46,748
$200
$46,749 to $48,857
$300
$48,858 to $50,966
$400
$50,967 to $53,075
$500
$53,076 to $55,184
$600
$55,185 to $57,293
$700
$57,294 to $59,403
$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
<$31,122
You are single with one child
<$38,080
You are single with two children or more
<$40,650
You have a spouse
<$43,314
You have a spouse and one child
<$48,462
You have a spouse and two children or more
<$51,036
Contributory aid
You are single
$31,123 to $43,474
You are single with one child
$38,081 to $53,178
You are single with two children or more
$40,651 to $56,770
You have a spouse
$43,315 to $60,500
You have a spouse and one child
$48,463 to $67,688
You have a spouse and two children or more
$51,037 to $71,284