Government of Quebec Funding for Students with Disabilities

The Ministère de l’éducation, du loisir et du sport has set up two programs to help students who are experiencing financial difficulties:

  • Loans and Bursaries Program
  • Allowance for Special Needs Program

These two programs offer financial aid to allow you to continue your studies.

The general admission conditions are:

  1. Have Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status, refugee status, or be a person protected by Immigration as a Refugee.
  2. Reside or be deemed to reside in Quebec at the time you apply for financial assistance.
  3. Be admitted to an academic institution recognized by the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport.
  4.  Be a full time student. According to the rules of financial aid for students, a person who is studying part-time and who finds themselves in one of the following situations is deemed to study full-time:
    1. The student has no spouse and has a child that is less than 12 years old;
    2. The student is at least 20 weeks pregnant;
    3. The student has a severely reduced capacity to find employment according to the Individual and Family Assistance Act (RSQ,cA-13.1.1) and participates in one of the programs of social assistance and support provided under this Act;
    4. The student cannot pursue studies full-time for more than one month due to a serious episodic disorder resulting from problems with physical or mental health that are documented in the student’s medical records.
  5. The maximum number of months of study for which financial assistance has been attributed must not be exceeded. Below you will see a table that sums up the time frame for the loans and bursary program. It must be noted that the maximum amount of time for grants is 88 months (or the equivalent) for university students.
  6. Not having sufficient financial resources to continue your studies. According to the rules for financial aid to students in Quebec, financial resources are judged insufficient when a person’s annual income is less than $35 000.