S-32.001 - Act respecting income support, employment assistance and social solidarity

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chapter S-32.001
Act respecting income support, employment assistance and social solidarity
INCOME SUPPORT, EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE AND SOCIAL SOLIDARITYJune 17 2005January 1 2007
Chapter S-32.001 is replaced by the Individual and Family Assistance Act (chapter A-13.1.1). (2005, c. 15, s. 175).
2005, c. 15, s. 175.
TITLE I
EMPLOYMENT-ASSISTANCE MEASURES, PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
1. This Title provides for measures, programs and services in the areas of manpower and employment to foster the economic and social autonomy of individuals and to assist individuals in their efforts to enter, re-enter or remain on the labour market.
These employment-assistance measures, programs and services focus on the components of an active labour market policy: job preparation, entry and retention as well as job stabilization and job creation.
1998, c. 36, s. 1.
2. To that end, the Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity shall offer reception, assessment and referral services. The Minister may also
(1)  offer coaching services;
(2)  collect labour market information, primarily for the purpose of providing information on employment opportunities to help workers find employment and help employers find suitable workers;
(3)  offer placement services and, to that end, at the request of a worker seeking employment or of an employer, compile information concerning workers, employers and available employment, and, in accordance with the request and to the extent the Minister considers necessary, make the information available to the persons concerned;
(4)  provide funding for courses, training programs or professional services;
(5)  issue job vouchers, apprenticeship vouchers and other vouchers to be exchanged for services.
1998, c. 36, s. 2; 2001, c. 44, s. 23.
3. Employment-assistance measures, programs and services may be established in particular to
(1)  support organizations that provide employment-assistance services;
(2)  assist employers, employee or employer associations, community organizations and regional or local communities in developing and implementing strategies for dealing with labour force adjustments and meeting manpower requirements;
(3)  facilitate improved labour market efficiency and minimize the impact of labour market restructuring;
(4)  promote the development of new labour market policy instruments and management tools;
(5)  support research and innovation in order to identify better ways of helping persons obtain or keep employment;
(6)  offer means to facilitate the participation of handicapped persons in employment-assistance measures, programs and services, in order to foster their entry on the labour market and their job retention, whether in a regular work environment or in an adapted enterprise.
1998, c. 36, s. 3; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
4. Within the scope of employment-assistance measures, programs and services, the Minister may offer persons financial assistance in particular to
(1)  help them obtain skills for employment, ranging from basic to specific skills;
(2)  encourage them to accept employment through incentives such as earning supplements;
(3)  assist them in their efforts to enter, re-enter or remain on the labour market;
(4)  provide them with employment opportunities through which they can gain work experience to improve their employment prospects;
(5)  encourage employers to hire them.
Financial assistance may be granted, for instance, in the form of an employment-assistance allowance, the reimbursement of expenses or wage subsidies.
1998, c. 36, s. 4.
5. After assessing a person’s circumstances, the Minister may offer personalized information, vocational counselling and placement services to help the person obtain employment.
The Minister may also propose that the person engage in certain activities as part of an “Individualized Integration, Training and Employment Plan”. These may include job preparation activities, such as basic or specific training, job entry or retention activities or job creation activities.
In such a case, the Minister may grant the person financial assistance, subject to the conditions determined by the Minister. If the person is a recipient under the Employment-Assistance Program, the amount granted as an employment-assistance allowance may not be less than the amount prescribed by regulation.
1998, c. 36, s. 5.
6. For the purposes of section 5, the Minister may, at the request of a recipient under the Employment-Assistance Program, recognize activities engaged in by the recipient as a volunteer with a non-profit organization.
1998, c. 36, s. 6.
6.1. Subject to the conditions the Minister determines, the Minister may recognize as an employment-assistance allowance financial assistance paid to a recipient under the Employment-Assistance Program by a person, an association, a partnership or a body with which that recipient engages in activities of the same nature as those for which such an allowance is granted.
For the purposes of this Act, financial assistance granted as an employment-assistance allowance to a Native person under a manpower and employment agreement entered into with the Government of Canada and determined by regulation is financial assistance recognized by the Minister as an employment-assistance allowance.
2005, c. 15, s. 176.
7. Financial assistance granted under this Act to a natural person who is not an employer is unassignable and unseizable, with the exception of the part of an employment-assistance allowance exceeding an amount determined by regulation, up to 50% of which may be seized for non-payment of support.
1998, c. 36, s. 7; 2002, c. 51, s. 1; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
8. The Minister may, in respect of certain activities engaged in by a person as part of an Individualized Plan, enter into an agreement in writing with the person and, where applicable, with the person for whom the work is performed. The agreement may include conditions of employment. The agreement may also, for the purposes determined by the Minister, require the person for whom the work is performed to consult, prior to the beginning of the work, with the association of employees legally recognized to represent the members of the bargaining unit concerned.
Except in the cases and to the extent determined by regulation, the provisions of Chapter III of the Public Administration Act (chapter A-6.01), the Labour Code (chapter C-27), the Act respecting collective agreement decrees (chapter D-2), the Public Service Act (chapter F-3.1.1) and the Act respecting labour standards (chapter N-1.1) apply to an activity engaged in as part of an employment-assistance measure or program.
1998, c. 36, s. 8; 2000, c. 8, s. 219.
9. To avail themselves of an employment-assistance measure, program or service, persons must apply to the Minister and provide the Minister with any document or information required by the Minister.
They must also inform the Minister of any change in their circumstances that may affect their eligibility or continued eligibility in respect of the measure, program or service, or the amount of the financial assistance granted.
1998, c. 36, s. 9.
10. The Minister shall lend assistance to persons who so request so as to facilitate their understanding of and access to employment-assistance measures, programs and services.
1998, c. 36, s. 10.
11. At least 10 days before reducing or ceasing to pay an amount granted under this Title on the ground that a person did not declare his or her real circumstances, the Minister shall give the person a written notice, with reasons.
The person may present observations before the effective date of the Minister’s decision and, if need be, produce documents to complete the file.
1998, c. 36, s. 11.
12. The powers of the Minister under this Title shall be exercised in agreement with the provisions of the Act respecting the Ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale and establishing the Commission des partenaires du marché du travail (chapter M‐15.001), particularly as concerns the functions and powers of the Commission des partenaires du marché du travail and of the regional councils of labour market partners.
As provided in that Act, the provincial, regional and local implementation and management of the manpower and employment measures and programs under the responsibility of the Minister and the provision of public employment services are entrusted to Emploi-Québec.
1998, c. 36, s. 12; 2001, c. 44, s. 23.
TITLE II
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
CHAPTER I
EMPLOYMENT-ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
DIVISION I
ESTABLISHMENT
13. An Employment-Assistance Program is hereby established. The purpose of the program is to grant last resort financial assistance to persons who are capable of work, encourage them to undertake or pursue a job entry or re-entry process and support them during that process.
A further purpose of the program is to grant last resort financial assistance to persons with a limited capacity for employment.
1998, c. 36, s. 13.
DIVISION II
ELIGIBILITY
14. Independent adults or families that establish that, according to the rules provided in Division IV of this chapter, their resources fall short of the amount that is necessary to provide for their needs, according to the basic benefit applicable to them combined with the amount of any applicable adult allowances or adjustments, any support allowances granted under section 25.1, any dependent children adjustments, and any applicable special benefits, are eligible under the program.
In addition, an adult must, for eligibility purposes, be resident in Québec within the meaning of the regulation and in the cases and subject to the conditions determined by regulation, and be
(1)  a Canadian citizen, within the meaning of the Citizenship Act (Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985, chapter C-29);
(2)  an Indian registered as an Indian pursuant to the Indian Act (Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985, chapter I-5);
(3)  a permanent resident within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Statutes of Canada, 2001, chapter 27); or
(4)  a person to whom asylum has been granted in Canada by the competent Canadian authorities in accordance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
However, an adult in any class of persons other than those referred to in subparagraphs 1 to 4 of the second paragraph may, in the cases and subject to the conditions determined by regulation, be eligible in respect of such benefits and allowances as may be determined by regulation.
1998, c. 36, s. 14; 2002, c. 51, s. 2; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
15. The following persons are not eligible under the program:
(1)  (subparagraph repealed);
(2)  (subparagraph repealed);
(3)  adults attending, within the meaning of the regulations and otherwise than as part of an Individualized Integration, Training and Employment Plan proposed by the Minister under section 5, an educational institution in a vocational program at the secondary level, or an educational institution at the postsecondary level and, except in the cases and subject to the conditions determined by regulation, families that include such an adult;
(4)  adults who are members of a religious community which has the means to provide for its members;
(5)  independent adults who are minors but not fully emancipated;
(6)  adults incarcerated in a penitentiary or detained in a house of detention or any other prison, or required to reside in a half-way house, except in the cases determined by regulation.
In addition, adults or families that possess, at the time of the application, liquid assets in excess of the maximum amount determined by regulation are not eligible under the program. Such adults or families are ineligible from the date of application to the last day of the month.
1998, c. 36, s. 15; 2001, c. 44, s. 1; 2002, c. 51, s. 3.
16. The Minister may grant a benefit to an independent adult or a family that is not eligible under the program for any reason other than the reason set out in subparagraph 3 of the first paragraph of section 15, or not entitled to that benefit although eligible under the program, if in the Minister’s opinion, the adult or the members of the family would, without that benefit, be in circumstances that could endanger their health or safety or lead to complete destitution.
1998, c. 36, s. 16.
17. The Minister may, in the cases and subject to the conditions determined by regulation, grant a benefit to an independent adult or a family that is no longer eligible under the program.
1998, c. 36, s. 17.
18. The Minister shall include a statement of the benefits granted under section 16 and the reasons for which they were granted in the annual report the Minister is required to produce under section 15 of the Act respecting the Ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale and establishing the Commission des partenaires du marché du travail (chapter M‐15.001).
Notwithstanding subparagraph 4 of the first paragraph of section 57 of the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information (chapter A‐2.1), the names and addresses of recipients of such a benefit are not public information.
1998, c. 36, s. 18; 2001, c. 44, s. 23.
18.1. In the cases and subject to the conditions determined by the Minister, the Minister may establish a Social Assistance and Support Program for recipients under the program who require special help and support in view of their socio-professional profile.
To that end, the Minister may enter into an agreement with a body under which the body offers that help and support in order to assist those persons in taking steps toward an active participation in society and to provide them with adequate preparation to participate in an employment-assistance measure or program and improve their prospects of entering the labour market.
That assistance may in particular contribute to
(1)  reinforcing their interest in moving forward;
(2)  identifying their needs;
(3)  developing or maintaining certain skills, attitudes or behaviours; and
(4)  finding ways to remove the obstacles to their socio-professional development.
2005, c. 15, s. 176.
DIVISION III
DEFINITIONS
19. The word “spouses” means
(1)  persons who are married or in a civil union with each other and who cohabit;
(2)  persons of opposite sex or the same sex who cohabit and who are the mother and father of a child, unless they establish that their cohabiting is temporary and results from exceptional circumstances related to a serious health problem of either person or of any of their children;
(3)  persons of full age of the opposite or the same sex who live together in a de facto union and who, at any one time, cohabited for a period of not less than one year.
Such persons remain spouses or, for the purposes of subparagraph 3 of the first paragraph, are presumed to have continued to cohabit despite the temporary absence of one of them.
1998, c. 36, s. 19; 1999, c. 14, a. 34; 2002, c. 6, s. 208; 2002, c. 51, s. 4.
20. Except in the cases and subject to the conditions determined by regulation, the following persons are considered to be dependants of their father or their mother or of another adult designated by regulation if they are dependent on one of such persons for their subsistence:
(1)  minor children who are neither fully emancipated nor the father or mother of a child who is their dependant; and
(2)  children of full age who attend an educational institution and who are neither the spouse of another person nor married nor in a civil union nor the father or mother of a child who is their dependant.
Not in force
However, except in the cases and subject to the conditions determined by regulation, children of full age who do not attend an educational institution and who are neither the spouse of another person nor married nor in a civil union nor the father or mother of a child who is their dependant are presumed to be dependent children so long as they have not applied for a benefit as an independent adult. The obligations set out in Division V of this chapter apply to such dependent children, with the necessary modifications.
1998, c. 36, s. 20; 2002, c. 6, s. 209.
21. An adult is a person other than a dependent child.
1998, c. 36, s. 21.
22. A family is composed of
(1)  an adult and the adult’s dependent children;
(2)  spouses and their dependent children or the dependent children of either spouse; or
(3)  spouses, if they have no dependent children.
Notwithstanding the first paragraph, a person shall remain, cease to be or become a member of a family in the circumstances determined by regulation, and an adult who, pursuant to the second or third paragraph of section 14 or subparagraph 4 or 6 of the first paragraph of section 15, is not eligible under the program shall not be considered a member of a family.
1998, c. 36, s. 22; 2002, c. 51, s. 5.
DIVISION IV
ESTABLISHMENT AND PAYMENT OF BENEFIT
23. The benefit payable to an independent adult or a family eligible under the program is established on the basis of the basic benefit applicable to that adult or family, according to the amount, in the cases and under the conditions determined by regulation.
1998, c. 36, s. 23.
24. A temporarily limited capacity for employment allowance, in the amount prescribed by regulation, shall be added to the basic benefit where the independent adult or an adult member of a family
(1)  produces a medical report establishing that, due to the adult’s physical or mental condition, the adult will be unable, for a period of at least one month, to engage in any activity that may be proposed under the second paragraph of section 5;
(2)  is at least 20 weeks pregnant or has given birth less than five weeks previously, and applies for the allowance; the application must be filed together with a medical certificate that may be replaced by a written report attesting the pregnancy, signed by a midwife and, indicating the adult’s name and date of birth, the number of weeks of pregnancy and the expected date of delivery, or the actual date of delivery;
(3)  provides childcare to a dependent child of the adult in the cases and subject to the conditions determined by regulation or to such a child who is handicapped within the meaning of subparagraph b of the second paragraph of section 1029.8.61.18 of the Taxation Act (chapter I‐3);
(4)  is 55 years of age or over and applies for the allowance;
(5)  shares a dwelling unit with a person whose autonomy is significantly reduced by reason of a physical or mental condition which requires constant care on the part of the adult;
(6)  is responsible for a family-type resource recognized under the Act respecting health services and social services (chapter S‐4.2);
(7)  is responsible for a foster home under a service contract with the Minister of Public Security and must act as such with respect to a person required to live there.
A temporarily limited capacity for employment allowance shall also be added to the basic benefit in the case of an independent adult placed in a foster home or a victim of violence who takes refuge in a shelter, in the latter case for a maximum of three consecutive months from the date of admission. The same applies subject to the conditions determined by regulation in the other cases determined by regulation.
1998, c. 36, s. 24; 1999, c. 24, s. 46; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
25. A severely limited capacity for employment allowance, in the amount prescribed by regulation, shall be added to the basic benefit where the independent adult or an adult member of the family produces a medical report establishing that the adult’s physical or mental condition is significantly and in all likelihood permanently or indefinitely deficient or impaired and that, for that reason and in view of the adult’s socio-professional profile, the adult has a severely limited capacity for employment.
In exceptional circumstances, however, the Minister may exempt a person from the obligation to produce a medical report.
1998, c. 36, s. 25; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
25.1. In the cases and subject to the conditions determined by the Minister, the Minister may grant financial assistance, in particular in the form of a support allowance, to a recipient participating in the Social Assistance and Support Program provided for in section 18.1. That support allowance, in the amount prescribed by regulation, is added to the basic benefit applicable to the recipient in accordance with section 27. As part of an agreement entered into with a body to implement the program, the Minister may also provide for the payment of financial assistance to that body.
2005, c. 15, s. 176.
25.2. Subject to the conditions the Minister determines, the Minister may recognize as a support allowance financial assistance paid to a recipient under the Employment-Assistance Program by a person, an association, a partnership or a body with which that recipient engages in activities of the same nature as those provided for in section 18.1.
2005, c. 15, s. 176.
25.3. In the cases and subject to the conditions prescribed by regulation, financial assistance granted by the Minister as an employment-assistance allowance, or financial assistance recognized as an employment-assistance allowance or a support allowance, is excluded from the calculation of the benefit granted under the Employment-Assistance Program, up to the amount prescribed by regulation for each allowance.
2005, c. 15, s. 176.
25.4. Except in the cases and subject to the conditions prescribed by regulation, a person may not concurrently receive
(1)  an employment-assistance allowance and a support allowance, whether they are granted by the Minister or paid by a third person and recognized by the Minister;
(2)  an employment-assistance allowance granted by the Minister and financial assistance the Minister recognizes as an employment-assistance allowance; or
(3)  a support allowance granted by the Minister and financial assistance the Minister recognizes as a support allowance.
2005, c. 15, s. 176.
26. A person may not receive a temporarily limited capacity for employment allowance concurrently with a severely limited capacity for employment allowance or concurrently with an employment-assistance allowance or a support allowance, even if they are granted or recognized by the Minister.
However, a mixed allowance, in the amount prescribed by regulation, shall be added to the basic benefit of a family where two members of the family meet the conditions set out in section 24 or 25.
1998, c. 36, s. 26; 2002, c. 51, s. 6; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
27. The benefit granted to an independent adult or to a family is established, for each month, on the basis of the circumstances of the adult or family on the last day of the preceding month. The benefit shall be equal to the deficit in resources in relation to needs calculated by
(1)  determining the amount of the applicable basic benefit and adding to it the amount of any applicable adult allowances or adjustments, any applicable support allowance granted under section 25.1, any applicable dependent children adjustments and any applicable special benefits;
(2)  (subparagraph repealed);
(3)  subtracting from the amount obtained under subparagraph 1 the following amounts, except insofar as they are excluded by regulation:
(a)  (subparagraph repealed);
(b)  the income from work and from property earned, in the preceding month, by the independent adult or by members of the family, and any earnings or other benefits of any kind received by them, except those subtracted pursuant to subparagraph 2;
(c)  the benefits not yet received in respect of the period prescribed by regulation, to which the independent adult or adult members of the family are entitled because of an interruption of work, under the Employment Insurance Act (Statutes of Canada, 1996, chapter 23) or to which they are entitled under the Act respecting parental insurance (chapter A‐29.011);
(d)  where the independent adult or adult members of the family lost an employment because of a work stoppage attributable to a labour dispute and, for that reason, could not or did not qualify for unemployment benefits, any work income that could otherwise have been earned by them in the preceding month, until such time as they could qualify for benefits under the Employment Insurance Act;
(e)  the liquid assets, within the meaning of the regulations, of the independent adult or members of the family as they stand on the last day of the preceding month;
(f)  the amount obtained by applying the percentage prescribed by regulation to the value, determined according to the method prescribed by regulation, of the property owned by the independent adult or members of the family on the last day of the preceding month, excluding any property which cannot be alienated due to a legal impediment beyond their control;
(g)  (subparagraph repealed);
(h)  the amount determined as parental contribution, according to the method prescribed by regulation, for the three years following the first of the following dates:
i.  the date on which the adult who is deemed to receive parental contribution received a first benefit under a last resort financial assistance program;
ii.  the date on which the adult would have been declared eligible but for the net incomes of his or her father and mother taken into account in determining the contribution.
Subparagraph h of subparagraph 3 of the first paragraph does not apply to an independent adult who or to a family one of the adult members of which meets the conditions set out in section 25.
Not in force
The calculation method provided for in subparagraph h of subparagraph 3 of the first paragraph shall be established by considering the net incomes of the father and mother of the adult and by taking into account the provisions concerning the calculation method of the parental contribution established under the regulatory provisions adopted pursuant to the Act respecting financial assistance for students (chapter A‐13.3).
1998, c. 36, s. 27; 2002, c. 51, s. 7; 2005, c. 15, s. 176; 2005, c. 13, s. 93; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
27.1. For the purposes of subparagraph b of subparagraph 3 of the first paragraph of section 27, an independent adult or an adult member of the family is deemed to earn the income from employment that would have been received had the adult not taken advantage of the work time reduction measures or leave without pay available under the conditions of employment applicable to the adult.
The first paragraph does not apply if the decision to reduce work time or take leave without pay was made for a serious reason, in particular because of the state of health of that adult or a member of the family or if the adult is receiving benefits granted under the Act respecting parental insurance (chapter A-29.011) or under section 22 or 23 of the Employment Insurance Act (Statutes of Canada, 1996, chapter 23).
2005, c. 15, s. 176.
27.2. For certain special benefits, the Minister may set particular eligibility requirements other than those provided for in the regulation.
If the Minister has entered into an agreement with a person, an association, a partnership or a body to have the need for which a special benefit is required filled in another manner, the Minister may decide not to pay the amount of that benefit.
The conditions for applying this section may vary according to the person’s situation and the availability in the person’s locality or region of the goods or services required.
2005, c. 15, s. 176.
27.3. The benefit granted an independent adult or a family may not be reduced for failure to take steps with a view to entering the labour market, in particular for refusing to take a job or leaving or losing a job.
2005, c. 15, s. 176.
28. An adult is deemed to receive parental contribution except if
(1)  the adult has provided for his or her own needs and resided elsewhere than at the place of residence of his or her father or mother for at least two years, excluding any period during which the adult attended an educational institution on a full-time basis;
(2)  the adult has, for at least two years, held remunerated full-time employment or received, for such employment, benefits under the Employment Insurance Act (Statutes of Canada, 1996, chapter 23) or has received benefits under the Act respecting parental insurance (chapter A‐29.011);
(3)  the adult is or was married or in a civil union;
(4)  the adult has been living with another person of the opposite or the same sex in a de facto union and has, at one time, cohabited with that person for a period of not less than one year;
(5)  the adult has or has had a dependent child;
(6)  the adult holds a bachelor’s degree from a university;
(7)  the adult is at least 20 weeks’ pregnant, and the adult’s condition has been attested by a medical report; the medical report may be replaced by a written report attesting the pregnancy, signed by a midwife and indicating the name and date of birth of the adult, the number of weeks of pregnancy and the expected date of delivery;
(8)  the adult has not been a full-time student for at least seven years since ceasing to be subject to compulsory school attendance.
However, an adult who establishes that his or her father and mother are untraceable, that they have refused to contribute to providing for his or her needs or that they have committed acts of violence against him or her is not deemed to be receiving parental contribution.
1998, c. 36, s. 28; 1999, c. 24, s. 47; 1999, c. 14, s. 35; 2002, c. 6, s. 210; 2001, c. 9, s. 143.
29. A benefit shall be granted from the month following the month of the application. However, a benefit may be granted for the month in which the application is made and shall, in that case, be established according to the method prescribed by regulation, which may take into account such factors as the liquid assets of the adult or family as they stand on the date of the application.
1998, c. 36, s. 29.
30. A benefit shall be paid on a monthly basis subject to the conditions determined by regulation.
The benefit shall be paid to the spouses jointly or, at their request, to one of them.
1998, c. 36, s. 30.
31. A benefit paid under this chapter is unassignable and unseizable.
1998, c. 36, s. 31.
Not in force
32. If the recipient of a benefit is the lessee of a dwelling and is in default with respect to payment of the agreed rent, the Minister shall, on receipt of an order of the Régie du logement and in accordance with the Act respecting the Régie du logement (chapter R‐8.1), pay part of the benefit directly to the lessor, subject to the conditions and according to the amount relating to lodging determined by regulation. Such payment is deemed made to the recipient, except where it should not have been made to the lessor.
1998, c. 36, s. 32.
33. Where an independent adult or the adult members of a family, due to particular circumstances or in view of their past conduct in the administration of property, are unable to administer the benefit granted to them, the Minister may, subject to the conditions determined by regulation, pay the benefit to a person or organization designated by the Minister.
The person or organization shall administer the benefit according to the standards prescribed by regulation and report to the Minister on the form supplied by the Minister.
1998, c. 36, s. 33.
DIVISION V
RECIPROCAL RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS
34. A person wishing to take advantage of the program must apply to the Minister and provide the Minister with any document or information necessary to ascertain the person’s eligibility or the eligibility of the person’s family under the program, and to determine the amount of the benefit.
1998, c. 36, s. 34.
35. A person required to produce a medical report must produce the medical report according to the procedure prescribed by the Minister.
Moreover, where the Minister considers it appropriate, a person must undergo another medical examination, carried out by the physician designated by the Minister, to verify whether the person’s capacity for employment is severely limited or whether the person is unable, owing to the person’s physical or mental condition, to engage in an activity, as provided in subparagraph 1 of the first paragraph of section 24. An unfavourable decision of the Minister must be accompanied by the report of the physician so designated by the Minister.
1998, c. 36, s. 35; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
36. The Minister shall lend assistance to any person who so requests so as to facilitate the person’s understanding of and access to the program. The Minister must, among other things, assist a person in making an application for a benefit.
1998, c. 36, s. 36.
37. The Minister shall examine applications and make a decision promptly.
1998, c. 36, s. 37.
38. The Minister shall inform a person to whom a benefit is granted under this Act, as comprehensively as possible and according to the circumstances declared by the person, concerning
(1)  rights and obligations under this Act;
(2)  the measures, programs and services available under this Act as well as the credit for child assistance and the credit granting a work premium under the Taxation Act (chapter I-3), the national child benefit supplement granted by the Government of Canada, the unified housing allowance program administered by the Société d’habitation du Québec and the special health insurance services offered by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec to persons eligible under a last resort financial assistance program, and the manner of gaining access thereto.
1998, c. 36, s. 38; 1999, c. 89, s. 53; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
39. Except in the cases prescribed by regulation, persons receiving financial assistance must give prompt notice to the Minister of any change in their circumstances or the circumstances of their family that may affect the benefit granted.
Such persons must also file a short form statement in the cases prescribed by regulation, and a complete statement whenever the Minister considers it necessary, but not more often than once per 12-month period, to ascertain the persons’ eligibility for a benefit or the eligibility of their family, or to determine the amount of the assistance to be granted. The statements must be filed in the manner determined by the Minister.
The Minister may cease to pay financial assistance if a statement is not filed within the prescribed time limit, unless the recipient proves that timely filing was impossible.
1998, c. 36, s. 39; 2001, c. 44, s. 2; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
40. At least 10 days before reducing or ceasing to pay an amount granted under this chapter on the ground that a person did not declare his or her real circumstances, the Minister shall give the person a written notice, with reasons.
The person may present observations before the effective date of the Minister’s decision and, if need be, produce documents to complete the file.
1998, c. 36, s. 40.
41. An independent adult or the members of a family must exercise their rights or avail themselves of other statutory benefits where the exercise of such rights or the receipt of such benefits would affect their eligibility or reduce the amount of the benefit granted to them under the program.
In the case of an adult who is not deemed to receive parental contribution under the second paragraph of section 28, the Minister is subrograted by operation of law in the rights of the adult to have support payments fixed or varied, unless the adult has elected to exercise his or her remedy for support. The Minister may also exercise the rights of any other creditor of support to have support payments fixed or varied if the Minister is of the opinion that the creditor’s circumstances place the exercise of such rights in jeopardy.
1998, c. 36, s. 41.
42. The fact that an adult or a member of the adult’s family engages in activities as a volunteer with a non-profit organization does not constitute failure to fulfil the obligations imposed by the first paragraph of section 41.
1998, c. 36, s. 42.
43. Where the recipient of a benefit, or a member of the recipient’s family, is the creditor of support, the recipient must inform the Minister, in the manner prescribed by regulation, of any judicial proceeding in respect of the obligation of support at least five days before the date of presentation of the application relating to such proceeding.
The recipient must, however, inform the Minister of the content of an agreement in respect of the obligation of support at least 10 days before its presentation to the court. As well, in the case of a joint procedure for the dissolution of a civil union, the recipient must so inform the Minister at least 10 days before the date on which the agreement is to be executed before a notary.
An agreement between the parties concerning the fixing or variation of support payments has no effect against the Minister.
In any proceeding for the fixation or variation of support payments, the court may, of its own motion, implead the Minister, or the Minister may ex officio and without notice intervene at any time and take part in the proof and hearing.
1998, c. 36, s. 43; 2002, c. 6, s. 211.
44. An independent adult or members of a family must not, in the two years preceding an application for or the payment of a benefit, have waived their rights, disposed of property or of liquid assets without just cause or squandered them so as to become or render their family eligible under the program or so as to be granted a benefit of a greater amount than that which would otherwise have been granted.
1998, c. 36, s. 44.
45. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 45; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
46. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 46; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
47. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 47; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
48. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 48; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
49. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 49; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
50. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 50; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
51. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 51; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
52. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 52; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
53. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 53; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
54. Where there is a failure to fulfil any of the obligations imposed by sections 34, 35, 39, 41, 43 and 44, the Minister may refuse to grant an application or reduce or cease to pay a benefit, according to the conditions determined by regulation.
In the other cases determined by regulation, the Minister shall impose the measure prescribed by regulation.
1998, c. 36, s. 54; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
55. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 55; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
56. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 56; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
57. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 57; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
58. Decisions made by the Minister pursuant to section 54 must be issued in writing, include reasons and be communicated to the person concerned.
1998, c. 36, s. 58; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
CHAPTER II
Repealed, 2002, c. 51, s. 8.
2002, c. 51, s. 8.
DIVISION I
Repealed, 2002, c. 51, s. 8.
2002, c. 51, s. 8.
59. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 59; 2002, c. 51, s. 8.
DIVISION II
Repealed, 2002, c. 51, s. 8.
2002, c. 51, s. 8.
60. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 60; 2002, c. 51, s. 8.
61. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 61; 2002, c. 51, s. 8.
62. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 62; 2002, c. 51, s. 8.
63. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 63; 2002, c. 51, s. 8.
64. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 64; 2002, c. 51, s. 8.
65. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 65; 2002, c. 51, s. 8.
66. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 66; 2002, c. 51, s. 8.
CHAPTER III
Repealed, 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
2005, c. 15, s. 176.
DIVISION I
Repealed, 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
2005, c. 15, s. 176.
67. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 67; 2002, c. 51, s. 9; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
DIVISION II
Repealed, 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
2005, c. 15, s. 176.
68. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 68; 2001, c. 44, s. 3; 2002, c. 51, s. 10; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
DIVISION III
Repealed, 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
2005, c. 15, s. 176.
69. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 69; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
70. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 70; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
71. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 71; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
72. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 72; 2001, c. 44, s. 4; 2002, c. 6, s. 212; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
72.1. (Repealed).
2001, c. 44, s. 5; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
DIVISION IV
Repealed, 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
2005, c. 15, s. 176.
73. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 73; 2001, c. 44, s. 6; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
74. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 74; 2001, c. 44, s. 7.
75. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 75; 1999, c. 83, s. 335; 2001, c. 44, s. 7.
76. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 76; 2001, c. 44, s. 7.
77. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 77; 2001, c. 44, s. 8; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
78. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 78; 2001, c. 44, s. 9; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
79. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 79; 1999, c. 83, s. 336; 2001, c. 53, s. 271; 2001, c. 44, s. 10; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
79.1. (Repealed).
2001, c. 44, s. 11; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
79.2. (Repealed).
2001, c. 44, s. 11; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
79.3. (Repealed).
2001, c. 44, s. 11; 2002, c. 51, s. 11; 2003, c. 9, s. 451; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
79.4. (Repealed).
2001, c. 44, s. 11; 2003, c. 9, s. 452; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
79.4.1. (Repealed).
2003, c. 9, s. 453; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
79.5. (Repealed).
2001, c. 44, s. 11; 2003, c. 9, s. 454; 2004, c. 21, s. 525; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
80. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 80; 2001, c. 44, s. 12; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
81. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 81; 2001, c. 44, s. 13; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
82. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 82; 2001, c. 44, s. 14; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
82.1. (Repealed).
2001, c. 44, s. 15; 2002, c. 51, s. 12; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
82.2. (Repealed).
2001, c. 44, s. 15; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
82.3. (Repealed).
2001, c. 44, s. 15; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
83. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 83; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
84. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 84; 2002, c. 51, s. 13; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
DIVISION V
Repealed, 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
2005, c. 15, s. 176.
85. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 85; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
86. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 86; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
87. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 87; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
88. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 88; 2001, c. 44, s. 16; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
89. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 89; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
90. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 90; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
91. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 91; 1999, c. 83, s. 337; 2001, c. 44, s. 17; 2002, c. 51, s. 14; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
92. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 92; 2001, c. 44, s. 23; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
93. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 93; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
94. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 94; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
95. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 95; 2004, c. 4, s. 54; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
96. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 96; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
97. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 97; 2002, c. 51, s. 15; 2004, c. 4, s. 55; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
TITLE III
ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS
CHAPTER I
AGREEMENTS
98. Subject to the second paragraph, the Minister may enter into an agreement with a department or body of the Government or of another government, a person or an enterprise whose name appears on the list drawn up by the Government and published in the Gazette officielle du Québec, in order to collect or communicate personal information that is necessary for the application of this Act and the regulations, in particular in order to
(1)  verify the eligibility of a person or a person’s family for an amount granted under this Act and establish that amount;
(2)  identify, by cross-matching or other means, circumstances not declared by a person which may affect the amount that is or was granted to the person under this Act;
(3)  verify the solvency of a person who is required to repay an amount pursuant to Chapter II of this Title or identify the person’s place of residence;
(4)  verify the occurrence of an event or the existence of a right referred to in section 102, as well as the date and particulars of the realization of the right.
The Minister may also enter into such an agreement with the Department of Human Resources Development of Canada as well as with the following departments and bodies of the Government: the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, the Ministère de la Justice, the Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles, the Ministère du Revenu, the Ministère de la Sécurité publique, the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail, the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec, the Régie des rentes du Québec and the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec.
The Minister may, in order to identify a person for the purposes of an agreement made under this section, communicate that person’s name, date of birth, sex, address, health insurance number, social insurance number and file number. Any department, body, person or enterprise that receives such information must, unless legally entitled thereto, destroy it once the purpose for which it was communicated has been fulfilled.
Such information shall be exchanged in accordance with the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information (chapter A‐2.1).
1998, c. 36, s. 98; 1999, c. 89, s. 53; 2005, c. 24, s. 50; 2005, c. 28, s. 195; 2006, c. 22, s. 177.
99. Any personal information, within the meaning of the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information (chapter A‐2.1), obtained in the administration of this Act is confidential. Public servants of the Ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale are prohibited from using any such information for purposes other than the administration of this Act.
Public servants of the department are prohibited also from communicating or allowing the communication of information obtained in the administration of this Act to any person not legally entitled thereto under the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information or from allowing such a person to examine a document containing such information or have access thereto.
1998, c. 36, s. 99; 2001, c. 44, s. 23; 2006, c. 22, s. 177.
CHAPTER II
RECOVERY
100. A person must repay to the Minister any amount granted under Title I or under a last resort financial assistance program which should not have been granted to the person or the person’s family, except an amount prescribed by regulation or an amount paid by reason of an administrative error that the person could not reasonably have noticed.
A person, association, partnership or body must also repay any amount granted pursuant to an agreement entered into with the Minister under this Act, in the cases and subject to the conditions determined in the agreement.
A person to whom section 28 applies is not required to repay an amount granted following an erroneous declaration by the person’s mother or father. The amount is recoverable by the Minister from the parent having made the declaration, in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
1998, c. 36, s. 100; 2002, c. 51, s. 16.
101. A person must also repay to the Minister the following amounts granted under a last resort financial assistance program, except in the cases prescribed by regulation:
(1)  upon the cessation of a legal impediment to the alienation of a property and up to the amount of the net profit from the proceeds of the disposition, or in the other cases and according to the conditions determined by regulation, the amount that would not have been granted to the person or the person’s family if the property had been considered in calculating the benefit, up to the amount of the value of the property;
(2)  (paragraph repealed);
(3)  upon the cessation of a reduction in the amount of allowances or benefits granted to the person or to the person’s family under another Act in force in Québec or elsewhere to compensate an overpayment, the amount granted during such reduction up to the amount of the reduction.
1998, c. 36, s. 101; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
102. A person must repay to the Minister an amount granted under a last resort financial assistance program following the occurrence of an event giving rise to the exercise of a right by the person or the person’s dependent child by judicial proceedings or any other means, whether or not the right is a personal right, and whether or not the amount had been granted to the person or the person’s family at the time of the event.
The amount of the repayment is due from the realization and up to the value of the right; the amount is established by applying the rules for the calculation of resources set out in sections 27 and 29.
Where a person did not declare the prospective realization of a right to the Minister and the amount received following the realization of the right should, according to the law, have been paid to the Minister, the amount can be seized by the Minister notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary. The same applies to property acquired with the amount received following the realization of the right.
1998, c. 36, s. 102.
103. An amount owed to the Minister under section 102 must be repaid in full upon the realization of the right.
The amount is exigible only from the creditor of the realized right or from the adult of whom the child who is the creditor of the realized right is a dependant.
1998, c. 36, s. 103.
104. In the case of a debt to which section 102 applies, except non-payment of support determined by judgment or by a transaction and joint declaration of dissolution of a civil union executed before a notary, the debtor of a person who or whose family has received or is receiving an amount under a last resort financial assistance program, and any person who is to become the debtor of such a person must, upon a written notice of the Minister, remit to the Minister the amount owed up to the amount recoverable under section 102.
The remittance of the amount to the Minister is deemed to be a payment validly made to the creditor; if the debtor fails to so remit the amount, the debtor is bound to pay an equivalent amount to the Minister.
The amount is recoverable by the Minister in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
1998, c. 36, s. 104; 2002, c. 6, s. 213.
105. A person is not required to repay an amount equivalent to the income tax the person must pay on the amount derived from the realization of a right referred to in section 102. Once the income tax to be paid has been determined, the Minister may, at the person’s request, reduce the amount payable by an amount equivalent to that income tax or, if the amount payable has already been repaid to the Minister, return the excess repayment.
This section applies where the tax payable on the amount received by the person operates to reduce the amount below the amount repayable to the Minister.
1998, c. 36, s. 105; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
106. An amount granted is not repayable to the Minister under section 102, where the realized right
(1)  arises from a succession;
(2)  is compensation under section 73 of the Automobile Insurance Act (chapter A‐25);
(3)  is compensation under section 83 of the Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational diseases (chapter A‐3.001);
(4)  is compensation for non-pecuniary damage received following physical or mental impairment, other than compensation under the Acts referred to in subparagraph 2 or 3; or
(5)  is an amount determined by regulation.
1998, c. 36, s. 106.
107. A person having subscribed an undertaking under the Act respecting immigration to Québec (chapter I‐0.2) promising to help a foreign national and the dependants, if any, who accompany the foreign national to settle in Québec, must repay the amount granted under a last resort financial assistance program to the foreign national and to those dependants during the period covered by the undertaking, where the undertaking so provides. The amount is determined according to the conditions and calculation rules determined by regulation and is recoverable by the Minister in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
1998, c. 36, s. 107.
108. The recovery of an amount owed under this Act is prescribed five years after the date it becomes due. Where there has been misrepresentation, recovery is prescribed five years after the date on which the Minister became aware of the fact that the amount was due, but not more than 15 years after the date it became due.
1998, c. 36, s. 108.
109. There is misrepresentation where an amount is granted to a person following failure to file a statement or return, following the filing of a statement or return containing false information or following the transmission of a document in which information is omitted or which contains false information so as to render the person or the person’s family eligible under a program or so as to receive or cause the person’s family to receive a greater amount than would otherwise have been granted.
1998, c. 36, s. 109.
110. Spouses are solidarily liable for the repayment of an amount granted under a last resort financial assistance program and recoverable under the first paragraph of section 100 or section 101, whether the amount was granted to an independent adult or to a family which included one or two adults.
However, the spouse of a person to whom a benefit was granted is not liable for the repayment if the spouse proves not having received the notice provided for in section 112 or proves that the claim is based on an act or omission of the person which the spouse could not reasonably have been aware of.
Likewise, a spouse is not liable for the repayment if the spouse proves that the spouse’s real circumstances could not be declared by reason of the violent behaviour of the other spouse toward the spouse or the spouse’s dependent child.
In the cases described in the second or third paragraph, the other spouse is solely liable for the entire debt.
1998, c. 36, s. 110; 2002, c. 51, s. 17.
111. Where the debt owed to a person is for non-payment of support determined by judgment or by a transaction and joint declaration of dissolution of a civil union executed before a notary, the Minister is subrogated by operation of law in the rights of the creditor in respect of all support payments which are due at the time the person or the person’s family becomes eligible for a benefit under a last resort financial assistance program and in respect of all payments which become due during the period for which the benefit is granted.
The Minister shall send a notice to the Minister of Revenue, together with the information required for the purposes of the Act to facilitate the payment of support (chapter P‐2.2).
The Minister shall remit to the creditor the amount by which the sums collected exceed the amount recoverable under section 102.
1998, c. 36, s. 111; 2002, c. 6, s. 213.
111.1. When a court decision retroactively varies a support payment received by the creditor of support for a period in which the creditor received a benefit under a last resort financial assistance program, the Minister may, on an application by that creditor of support or on a request by the Minister of Revenue under the Act to facilitate the payment of support (chapter P‐2.2), recalculate the benefit granted for the months covered by such a variance.
If, as a result, a benefit is owed to the creditor of support and the amount exceeds the amount owed to the Minister under section 111, the Minister remits the excess amount to the creditor of support or the Minister of Revenue, as the case may be.
For the purposes of this section, the application or request must be submitted to the Minister within a reasonable time after the judgment is rendered. The Minister may require new statements for the months covered by such a variance, which must be filed within the next 30 days.
2005, c. 15, s. 176.
112. The Minister shall send a formal notice to the debtor of an amount recoverable under this Act, indicating the amount of the debt, the reasons for which the debt is due, the debtor’s right to apply for a review and, subject to the conditions set out in the second paragraph of section 139, the debtor’s right to bring a proceeding before the Administrative Tribunal of Québec. The notice must also contain information on the recovery procedure, in particular as to the issue and effects of the certificate.
A formal notice under this section interrupts prescription.
1998, c. 36, s. 112; 2005, c. 17, s. 41.
113. The debtor must repay any amount owed according to the conditions determined by regulation, unless otherwise agreed between the debtor and the Minister.
The debtor is required to pay interest in the cases determined and at the rate prescribed by regulation.
1998, c. 36, s. 113.
114. The debtor is required to pay a recovery charge in the cases and under the conditions determined and in the amount prescribed by regulation.
1998, c. 36, s. 114.
115. In exceptional circumstances, the Minister may, subject to the conditions determined by the Minister, suspend in whole or in part the recovery of an amount owed or grant a full or partial discharge to a debtor, even after the filing of the certificate referred to in section 118.
1998, c. 36, s. 115.
116. If a debt is not paid, the Minister may, at the expiry of the time for applying for a review of the decision requiring payment or for contesting the review decision before the Administrative Tribunal of Québec and, where applicable, at the expiry of 30 days after a decision of that Tribunal confirming all or part of the Minister’s decision or on the date of the formal notice if, in the Minister’s opinion, the debtor is attempting to elude payment, issue a certificate setting out the debtor’s name and address and the amount of the debt.
1998, c. 36, s. 116.
117. After issuing the certificate, the Minister may withhold part of any amount granted under this Act to the debtor and, where applicable, to the debtor’s family, up to the amount prescribed by regulation, and apply the amount withheld to the repayment of the debt. A withholding to the same end may also be made, after the issue of the certificate, in respect of any refund owed to the debtor by the Minister of Revenue pursuant to section 31 of the Act respecting the Ministère du Revenu (chapter M‐31).
A withholding under the first paragraph interrupts prescription.
1998, c. 36, s. 117.
117.1. An amount granted to the debtor or the debtor’s family under a last resort financial assistance program may not be reduced below an amount established according to the calculation rules prescribed by regulation when the Minister withholds an amount under section 117.
2005, c. 15, s. 176.
118. Upon the filing of the certificate at the office of the court of competent jurisdiction, together with a copy of the final decision establishing the debt, the decision becomes executory as if it were a final judgment of that court, not subject to appeal, and has all the effects of such a judgment.
1998, c. 36, s. 118.
CHAPTER III
INFORMATION AND COMPLAINTS
119. An information and complaint bureau is hereby established at the Ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale under the name “Bureau des renseignements et plaintes”.
1998, c. 36, s. 119; 2001, c. 44, s. 23.
120. The functions of the bureau include
(1)  informing persons concerned of their rights and obligations under this Act;
(2)  enhancing the quality of the services provided under this Act, both to persons eligible for employment-assistance measures, programs or services provided for in Title I and to recipients under a financial assistance program provided for in Title II;
(3)  monitoring the level of satisfaction with the measures, programs or services provided for in this Act;
(4)  making recommendations to the Minister to remedy or prevent the re-occurrence of prejudicial situations and prevent the occurrence of similar situations;
(5)  giving due consideration to the opinions and observations expressed by persons having received services or availed themselves of measures, programs or services under this Act.
1998, c. 36, s. 120.
121. Persons may apply to the bureau for any information concerning matters within the scope of this Act or for assistance in safeguarding their rights.
1998, c. 36, s. 121.
122. The bureau must process requests speedily.
1998, c. 36, s. 122.
123. All complaints, except those that are clearly unfounded, must be examined and analyzed by the bureau.
A complaint that is not within the purview of the bureau is clearly unfounded.
1998, c. 36, s. 123.
124. The bureau must inform the complainant of the results of the examination and analysis of the complaint. Moreover, the bureau must inform the complainant of remedy procedures, where applicable.
The first paragraph shall not operate to allow the disclosure of confidential information.
1998, c. 36, s. 124.
125. A committee shall advise the Minister concerning general orientations for the services provided by the bureau and the processing of requests and complaints submitted to the bureau.
At the request of the Minister, the committee shall also give its opinion on any matter submitted to it by the Minister.
The committee shall be composed of members designated by the Minister from the organizations most representative of the unemployed and of the social and community sectors, after consulting with the latter, for the term and according to the conditions specified in the instrument of designation.
1998, c. 36, s. 125.
126. The members of the committee shall receive no remuneration, except in the cases, subject to the conditions and to the extent that may be determined by the Government. They are, however, entitled to reimbursement of expenses incurred in the exercise of their functions, subject to the conditions and to the extent determined by the Government.
1998, c. 36, s. 126.
127. The bureau shall prepare an annual activity report containing the information required by the Minister and indicating the number of complaints received, the follow-up given to the complaints and the level of satisfaction of persons having applied to the bureau as well as any recommendation concerning the services provided by the bureau.
The report shall be submitted to the committee and to the Minister. It shall be appended to the annual report produced by the Minister under section 15 of the Act respecting the Ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale and establishing the Commission des partenaires du marché du travail (chapter M‐15.001).
1998, c. 36, s. 127; 2001, c. 44, s. 23.
CHAPTER IV
REMEDIES
128. Any person to whom a decision of the Minister under this Act applies may apply in writing for a review of the decision within 90 days of the date on which the person was advised of the decision.
However, decisions under Title I or section 16, 25.1, 27.2 or 115 are not subject to review.
The second paragraph does not limit the right to apply for a review of a decision pertaining to a refusal to grant a special benefit or a decision pertaining to a claim for an amount granted under this Act in accordance with Chapter II of Title III.
1998, c. 36, s. 128; 2001, c. 44, s. 18; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
129. Decisions shall be reviewed by a person designated by the Minister for the term specified in the instrument of designation. The reviewers shall form part of a review service and shall come under the same authority within the Ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale.
1998, c. 36, s. 129; 2001, c. 44, s. 23.
130. Decisions concerning an application for a temporarily limited capacity for employment allowance for the reason set out in subparagraph 1 of the first paragraph of section 24 must be reviewed by a physician.
Decisions concerning an application for a severely limited capacity for employment allowance or a permanently or indefinitely limited capacity for employment allowance must be reviewed by two members of the review service, one being a physician and the other a professional working in the social sector.
1998, c. 36, s. 130.
131. The Minister shall lend assistance to any person who so requests in making an application for the review of a decision.
1998, c. 36, s. 131.
132. An application for review may not be refused on the ground that it was made after the deadline if the applicant establishes that it was impossible to act sooner.
If the application is refused on that ground, the decision may be contested before the Administrative Tribunal of Québec within 15 days after the date on which the applicant is advised of the decision. If the Tribunal quashes the decision, the file shall be returned to the person or persons who made the decision.
1998, c. 36, s. 132.
133. Any person having applied for the review of a decision must be given the opportunity to present observations and, if need be, to produce documents to complete the file.
1998, c. 36, s. 133.
134. An application for review does not suspend execution of the decision.
However, a benefit, other than a special benefit, granted under a last resort financial assistance program that is reduced by more than half by a decision subject to review under section 128 shall be reinstated until the date of the review decision if the decision is not made within 10 working days of
(1)  the day the person is ready to present observations in support of the application or, if need be, to produce documents to complete the file, where the person has asked for time to do so; or
(2)  in other cases, the day of receipt of the application for review or the day the decision takes effect if subsequent thereto.
1998, c. 36, s. 134.
135. An application for review must be processed promptly and the review decision must be made within 30 days of the receipt of the application or, in a case described in the second paragraph of section 132, within 30 days of the decision of the Administrative Tribunal of Québec returning the file for review. Where a person has asked for time to present observations or to produce documents, the review decision must be made within 30 days of the presentation of observations or the production of the documents.
1998, c. 36, s. 135.
136. After the expiry of the 30-day period, interest accrual on an amount owed by a debtor which is the subject of a review shall be suspended until the date of the review decision.
1998, c. 36, s. 136.
137. The review decision must be in writing and drafted in clear and concise terms, contain reasons and be notified to the applicant and must state that the decision may be contested before the Administrative Tribunal of Québec.
1998, c. 36, s. 137.
138. The Minister shall prepare an annual compilation of review decisions and shall ensure public access thereto, omitting the information that would allow the persons concerned to be identified.
1998, c. 36, s. 138.
139. Any person who feels wronged by a review decision may contest the decision before the Administrative Tribunal of Québec within 60 days of notification of the decision.
Moreover, a person may contest before the Tribunal the decision whose review the person applied for if the person in charge of the review does not dispose of the application within 90 days following its receipt or following the decision of the Tribunal returning the file for review in accordance with the second paragraph of section 132. However, the time limit runs from the time observations are presented or documents are produced if a person requested more time for that purpose.
1998, c. 36, s. 139; 2005, c. 17, s. 42.
140. If a review decision or a decision of the Administrative Tribunal of Québec recognizes that an adult or a family is entitled to an amount initially refused, or increases the amount initially granted, the Minister is required to pay interest at the rate prescribed by regulation, in the cases and according to the conditions determined by regulation.
1998, c. 36, s. 140.
141. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 141; 2002, c. 51, s. 18; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
142. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 142; 2002, c. 51, s. 19.
CHAPTER V
INSPECTION AND INVESTIGATION
143. A person specially or generally authorized by the Minister to act as an inspector may, for the purposes of this Act, require, examine and make a copy of any information or document. Moreover, the inspector may require information or documents by fax or by electronic means where a person may be so contacted.
1998, c. 36, s. 143.
144. No proceedings may be brought against an inspector for acts performed in good faith in the exercise of his or her functions.
1998, c. 36, s. 144.
145. The Minister or any person designated as an investigator by the Minister may investigate any matter coming under the Minister’s authority with respect to the administration of this Act.
1998, c. 36, s. 145.
146. For the purposes of an investigation, the Minister and an investigator have the powers and immunity of commissioners appointed under the Act respecting public inquiry commissions (chapter C‐37), except the power to impose imprisonment.
The investigator may send a subpoena by fax or by electronic means where the person to whom it is addressed may be so contacted.
1998, c. 36, s. 146.
147. On request, an inspector or an investigator shall identify himself or herself and produce a certificate of capacity signed by the Minister.
1998, c. 36, s. 147.
148. No person may hinder an inspector in the exercise of his or her functions, mislead or attempt to mislead an inspector by misrepresentation or deceptive statements, refuse to produce documents required by the inspector or omit or refuse, without good cause, to answer any question that may lawfully be asked.
1998, c. 36, s. 148.
TITLE IV
PENAL PROVISIONS
149. Every person is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine of not less than $250 nor more than $1,500 who knowingly makes an incomplete statement or a statement containing false or misleading information, transmits an incomplete document or a document containing such information or fails to make a statement so as to
(1)  become or render the person’s family eligible under a program or maintain such eligibility,
(2)  receive, or cause the person’s family to receive, a benefit which can no longer be granted or which is of a greater amount than the benefit which may be granted,
(3)  receive any other amount under this Act, or
(4)  cause any person to receive an amount under this Act.
1998, c. 36, s. 149.
150. Every person who contravenes section 99 is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine of not more than $5,000.
1998, c. 36, s. 150.
151. Every person who contravenes a provision of section 148 is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine of not less than $250 nor more that $1,000.
1998, c. 36, s. 151.
152. Every person who assists a person in committing an offence under this Act or, by encouragement, advice or consent, or by an authorization or order, induces a person to commit an offence under this Act is guilty of an offence.
A person convicted under this section is liable to the same penalty as that prescribed for the offence whose commission the person assisted in or induced.
1998, c. 36, s. 152.
153. Penal proceedings for an offence under section 149 are prescribed one year after the date on which the prosecutor became aware of the commission of the offence. However, no proceedings may be brought where more than five years have elapsed since the commission of the offence.
1998, c. 36, s. 153.
TITLE V
REGULATIONS
154. For the purposes of Title I, the Government may make regulations
(1)  prescribing, for the purposes of the third paragraph of section 5, the minimum amount that may be paid as an employment-assistance allowance;
(1.1)  determining, from among the manpower and employment agreements entered into with the Government of Canada, those referred to in the second paragraph of section 6.1;
(1.2)  prescribing, for the purposes of section 7, the amount that may not be seized for non-payment of support;
(2)  determining, for the purposes of the second paragraph of section 8, the cases in which and the extent to which the legislative provisions referred to therein do not apply to an activity engaged in as part of an employment-assistance measure or program.
1998, c. 36, s. 154; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
155. For the purposes of the financial assistance programs, the Government may make regulations
(1)  determining the cases in which and the conditions subject to which a child is not a person’s dependent child or is a dependant of another adult than the child’s father or mother and designating that adult;
(2)  determining the cases in which and the conditions subject to which an adult is resident in Québec;
(3)  determining the circumstances in which a person remains, ceases to be or becomes a member of a family;
(4)  determining what constitutes liquid assets and property;
(5)  determining the cases in which and the conditions subject to which an independent adult or a family shares a dwelling unit with another person ;
(6)  prescribing intervals for the filing of a statement or return or providing for other procedures for the filing of a statement or return;
(7)  determining, for the purposes of section 140, the cases in which and the conditions subject to which the Minister is required to pay interest and prescribing the interest rate;
(8)  prescribing administrative standards.
1998, c. 36, s. 155; 2001, c. 44, s. 19; 2002, c. 51, s. 20.
156. For the purposes of the Employment-Assistance Program, the Government may make regulations
(1)  determining, for the purposes of the third paragraph of section 14, the cases in which and the conditions subject to which other classes of persons may be eligible under the program and determining, where applicable, the benefits or allowances that are to be granted ;
(2)  defining, for the purposes of subparagraph 3 of the first paragraph of section 15, what constitutes attending an educational institution in a vocational program at the secondary level, or an educational institution at the postsecondary level;
(3)  determining the cases in which and the conditions subject to which a family referred to in subparagraph 3 of the first paragraph of the first paragraph of section 15 is eligible under the program;
(4)  determining the cases in which an adult referred to in subparagraph 6 of the first paragraph of section 15 is eligible under the program;
(5)  determining the maximum amount referred to in the second paragraph of section 15 and the liquid assets that are excluded;
(6)  determining the cases in which and the conditions subject to which an independent adult or a family that is no longer eligible under the program may continue to receive benefits;
Not in force
(7)  determining the cases in which and the conditions subject to which children of full age are not presumed to be dependent children for the purposes of the second paragraph of section 20;
(8)  determining basic benefit amounts and the cases in which and the conditions subject to which those amounts are to be granted;
(9)  determining the other cases in which and the conditions subject to which a temporarily limited capacity for employment allowance is to be added to the basic benefit;
(10)  determining the cases in which and the conditions subject to which providing childcare to a dependent child renders an independent adult or an adult member of a family eligible for a temporarily limited capacity for employment allowance;
(11)  prescribing temporarily limited capacity for employment allowance, severely capacity for employment allowance and mixed allowance amounts;
(11.1)  determining, for the purposes of section 25.1, the support allowance to be added to the basic benefit;
(11.2)  setting, for the purposes of section 25.3, the amount of the employment-assistance allowance granted by the Minister or the financial assistance recognized as an employment-assistance allowance or a support allowance that is excluded from the last resort financial assistance benefit, and determining the cases in which and the conditions subject to which that amount is excluded;
(11.3)  determining, for the purposes of section 25.4, the cases in which and the conditions subject to which a person may receive an employment-assistance allowance concurrently with a support allowance, where both are granted or recognized by the Minister;
(12)  prescribing adult or dependent children adjustment amounts and determining the cases in which and the conditions subject to which those amounts are to be granted;
(13)  prescribing special benefit amounts to provide for special needs and the cases in which and the conditions subject to which those amounts are to be granted;
(14)  determining the dependent children adjustments from which amounts received as family allowances under the Act respecting family benefits (chapter P-19.1) or as a national child benefit supplement are to be subtracted and the cases in which and conditions subject to which such amounts are deemed to be received by a family, and determining the exclusion of those amounts from the application of certain provisions relating to income;
(15)  excluding, for the purpose of calculating a benefit, any or all of the income, earnings, benefits, liquid assets or property of a person eligible under the program;
(16)  (paragraph repealed);
(17)  prescribing a method for calculating income, earnings, the value of benefits, liquid assets and the value of property, determining the cases in which those amounts may be averaged and the time from which they are deemed received and prescribing standards for the allocation of arrears in support payments;
(18)  determining the period for which employment-insurance or parental insurance benefits yet to be received are to be considered for the purpose of calculating a benefit;
(19)  prescribing standards applicable to the income, earnings, benefits, liquid assets and property of a self-employed worker and the cases in which and the conditions subject to which the standards are to be applied;
(20)  prescribing a method for determining the value of property and determining the percentage applicable to that value;
(21)  prescribing a method for calculating parental contribution and specifying the net incomes of an adult’s father and mother required to be considered for that purpose;
(22)  prescribing a method for calculating a benefit for the month of application and determining the maximum amount of liquid assets at the time of the application;
(23)  determining the conditions of payment of benefits;
Not in force
(24)  determining the conditions under which the Minister, upon an order of the Régie du logement, is to pay to the lessor of a recipient part of the benefit and prescribing the amount relating to lodging;
(25)  determining, for the purposes of section 33, the conditions according to which a benefit is to be paid to a person other than the recipient or to an organization and prescribing standards to be complied with by that person or organization;
(25.1)  determining, for the purposes of the first paragraph of section 39, the cases in which a person is not required to notify the Minister of a change in the circumstances of that person or that person’s family;
(25.2)  determining, for the purposes of the second paragraph of section 39, the cases in which a short form statement must be filed with the Minister;
(26)  prescribing, for the purposes of section 43, the manner of informing the Minister;
(27)  (paragraph repealed);
(28)  (paragraph repealed);
(29)  determining, for the purposes of section 54, the conditions of application and the amounts of the measures provided for in that section, the other cases in which such measures are to be imposed and the nature of the measures applicable in such cases;
(30)  (paragraph repealed);
(31)  (paragraph repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 156; 2001, c. 44, s. 20; 2002, c. 51, s. 21; 2005, c. 15, s. 176; 2005, c. 13, s. 94; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
157. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 157; 2002, c. 51, s. 22.
158. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 158; 1999, c. 83, s. 338; 2001, c. 44, s. 21; 2003, c. 9, s. 455; 2004, c. 21, s. 526; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
159. For the purposes of Chapter II of Title III, the Government may make regulations
(1)  determining that all or part of a recoverable amount is not to be repaid by the debtor;
(1.1)  determining, for the purposes of section 101, the cases in which the amounts are not repayable;
(2)  determining, for the purposes of paragraph 1 of section 101, the other cases in which and the conditions according to which an amount granted is recoverable;
(3)  determining, for the purposes of paragraph 5 of section 106, amounts not repayable to the Minister;
(4)  determining the conditions and calculation rules according to which an amount recoverable under section 107 is to be determined;
(5)  prescribing the conditions of repayment of an amount owed to the Minister;
(6)  determining the cases in which the debtor is required to pay interest and prescribing the rate of interest;
(7)  determining the cases in which and the conditions under which the debtor is liable for payment of a recovery charge and prescribing the amount of the charge;
(8)  prescribing the amount up to which the Minister may withhold part of an amount for application to the repayment of a debt and determining cases in which and conditions under which the withholding is to be suspended;
(9)  setting, for the purposes of section 117.1, the calculation rules for establishing the amount below which an amount granted may not be reduced when an amount is withheld.
1998, c. 36, s. 159; 2005, c. 15, s. 176.
160. The provisions of regulations under sections 154 to 159 may vary according to whether they apply to an independent adult or a family, according to the composition of the family, according to the circumstances of an independent adult or a member of a family, including, in the case of a child, the child’s age, rank in the family, occupation, whether the child has a handicap within the meaning of the Act respecting family benefits (chapter P‐19.1), the child’s place of residence and the custody arrangements in respect of the child, according to whether an independent adult or a member of a family is living or incarcerated in an institution or is residing in a subsidized dwelling, according to whether a debt is due following a false declaration by the debtor or according to whether the provisions apply to an independent adult who would be a member of a family if the adult’s spouse or the dependent children of either had not ceased to be members of the family pursuant to a regulation under paragraph 3 of section 155.
1998, c. 36, s. 160.
161. The provisions of regulations made in consequence of a provision of a regulation under subparagraph 1 of the first paragraph of section 8 of the Act respecting family benefits (chapter P‐19.1) may have effect from any date not more than six months prior to their coming into force.
1998, c. 36, s. 161.
TITLE VI
AMENDING PROVISIONS
ACT RESPECTING INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS AND OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES
162. (Amendment integrated into c. A-3.001, s. 11).
1998, c. 36, s. 162.
163. (Amendment integrated into c. A-3.001, s. 144).
1998, c. 36, s. 163.
LEGAL AID ACT
164. (Amendment integrated into c. A-14, s. 4.1).
1998, c. 36, s. 164.
165. (Amendment integrated into c. A-14, s. 62).
1998, c. 36, s. 165.
AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE ACT
166. (Amendment integrated into c. A-25, s. 83.28).
1998, c. 36, s. 166.
167. (Amendment integrated into c. A-25, s. 83.62).
1998, c. 36, s. 167.
HEALTH INSURANCE ACT
168. (Amendment integrated into c. A-29, s. 67).
1998, c. 36, s. 168.
169. (Amendment integrated into c. A-29, s. 70).
1998, c. 36, s. 169.
170. (Amendment integrated into c. A-29, s. 71).
1998, c. 36, s. 170.
171. (Amendment integrated into c. A-29, s. 71.1).
1998, c. 36, s. 171.
172. (Amendment integrated into c. A-29, s. 71.2).
1998, c. 36, s. 172.
ACT RESPECTING PRESCRIPTION DRUG INSURANCE
173. (Amendment integrated into c. A-29.01, s. 15).
1998, c. 36, s. 173.
174. (Amendment integrated into c. A-29.01, s. 17).
1998, c. 36, s. 174.
ACT RESPECTING THE BARREAU DU QUÉBEC
175. (Amendment integrated into c. B-1, s. 128).
1998, c. 36, s. 175.
CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE
176. (Amendment integrated into c. C-25, a. 827.5).
1998, c. 36, s. 176.
177. (Amendment integrated into c. C-25, a. 827.7).
1998, c. 36, a. 177.
178. (Amendment integrated into c. C-25, a. 989.2).
1998, c. 36, s. 178.
ACT RESPECTING COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT DECREES
179. (Amendment integrated into c. D-2, s. 46).
1998, c. 36, s. 179.
PAY EQUITY ACT
180. (Amendment integrated into c. E-12.001, s. 8).
1998, c. 36, s. 180.
ACT TO SECURE THE HANDICAPPED IN THE EXERCISE OF THEIR RIGHTS
181. (Amendment integrated into c. E-20.1, s. 54).
1998, c. 36, s. 181.
ACT RESPECTING THE MINISTÈRE DU REVENU
182. (Amendment integrated into c. M-31, s. 69.1).
1998, c. 36, s. 182.
183. (Amendment integrated into c. M-31, s. 94.0.1).
1998, c. 36, s. 183.
ACT RESPECTING LABOUR STANDARDS
184. (Amendment integrated into c. N-1.1, s. 121).
1998, c. 36, s. 184.
ACT TO FACILITATE THE PAYMENT OF SUPPORT
185. (Amendment integrated into c. P-2.2, s. 76).
1998, c. 36, s. 185.
ACT RESPECTING THE RÉGIE DE L’ASSURANCE-MALADIE DU QUÉBEC
186. (Amendment integrated into c. R-5, s. 37.7).
1998, c. 36, s. 186.
Not in force
ACT RESPECTING THE RÉGIE DU LOGEMENT
Not in force
187. (Amendment integrated into c. R-8.1, ss. 31.1 and 31.2).
1998, c. 36, s. 187.
Not in force
188. Section 78 of the Act respecting the Régie du logement (chapter R‐8.1) is amended
(1)  by inserting, after the word “decide” in the first paragraph, the words “that a writing signed by an authorized person at the Ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale bears witness to the fact that a person is a recipient under a last resort financial assistance program and to the amount of the benefit granted and that the writing is accepted in lieu of the testimony of a representative of that department. Similarly, a commissioner may decide”;
(2)  by replacing the second paragraph by the following paragraph:
“However, a party may require the presence of the representative of the Ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale or of the inspector at the hearing ; however, if the board considers that the production of the writing or report would have sufficed, it may condemn that party to pay costs in the amount it fixes.”
1998, c. 36, s. 188; 2001, c. 44, s. 30.
ACT RESPECTING THE QUÉBEC PENSION PLAN
189. (Amendment integrated into c. R-9, s. 145).
1998, c. 36, s. 189.
190. (Amendment integrated into c. R-9, s. 229).
1998, c. 36, s. 190.
191. (Amendment integrated into c. R-9, s. 231).
1998, c. 36, s. 191.
ACT RESPECTING LABOUR RELATIONS, VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND MANPOWER MANAGEMENT IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
192. (Amendment integrated into c. R-20, s. 122).
1998, c. 36, s. 192.
ACT RESPECTING OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
193. (Amendment integrated into c. S-2.1, s. 174).
1998, c. 36, s. 193.
ACT RESPECTING HEALTH SERVICES AND SOCIAL SERVICES FOR CREE NATIVE PERSONS
194. (Amendment integrated into c. S-5, s. 149.33).
1998, c. 36, s. 194.
ACT RESPECTING ASSISTANCE AND COMPENSATION FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME
195. Section 146 of the Act respecting assistance and compensation for victims of crime (Statutes of Québec, 1993, chapter 54) is amended by replacing the words “any benefits that were paid directly to the claimant or to his family under the Act respecting income security (chapter S‐3.1.1) and which are subject to reimbursement under section 35 of that Act.” in the first paragraph by the words “the amount repayable under section 102 of the Act respecting income support, employment assistance and social solidarity (chapter S‐32.001).”
1998, c. 36, s. 195.
ACT RESPECTING ADMINISTRATIVE JUSTICE
196. (Amendment integrated into c. J-3, s. 18).
1998, c. 36, s. 196.
197. (Amendment integrated into c. J-3, s. 20).
1998, c. 36, s. 197.
198. (Amendment integrated into c. J-3, s. 21).
1998, c. 36, s. 198.
199. (Amendment integrated into c. J-3, Schedule I).
1998, c. 36, s. 199.
ACT RESPECTING FAMILY BENEFITS
200. (Amendment integrated into c. P-19.1, s. 22).
1998, c. 36, s. 200.
201. (Amendment integrated into c. P-19.1, ss. 69, 74, 76).
1998, c. 36, s. 201.
ACT RESPECTING THE MINISTÈRE DE L’EMPLOI ET DE LA SOLIDARITÉ AND ESTABLISHING THE COMMISSION DES PARTENAIRES DU MARCHÉ DU TRAVAIL
202. (Amendment integrated into c. M-15.001, s. 14.1).
1998, c. 36, s. 202.
203. (Amendment integrated into c. M-15.001, s. 21).
1998, c. 36, s. 203.
204. (Amendment integrated into c. M-15.001, s. 53.1).
1998, c. 36, s. 204.
205. (Amendment integrated into c. M-15.001, s. 145).
1998, c. 36, s. 205.
TITLE VII
TRANSITIONAL AND FINAL PROVISIONS
206. (Omitted).
1998, c. 36, s. 206.
207. Until 1 October 1999, the following provisions of the Act respecting income security (chapter S‐3.1.1) are amended as follows:
(1)  (amendment integrated into c. S‐3.1.1, s. 8);
(2)  (amendment integrated into c. S-3.1.1, s. 13);
(3)  (amendment integrated into c. S-3.1.1, s. 65);
(4)  (amendment integrated into c. S-3.1.1, s. 65.1);
(5)  (amendment integrated into c. S-3.1.1, s. 91).
1998, c. 36, s. 207.
208. (Omitted).
1998, c. 36, s. 208.
209. In any other Act and in any regulation, order in council, ministerial order, agreement, contract or other document, unless the context indicates otherwise and with the necessary modifications,
(1)  a reference to a provision of the Act respecting income security (chapter S‐3.1.1) is a reference to the corresponding provision of this Act;
(2)  the term “Act respecting income security” is replaced by the term “Act respecting income support, employment assistance and social solidarity” 
(3)  the term “last resort assistance program” is replaced by the term “last resort financial assistance program”.
1998, c. 36, s. 209.
210. Steps taken or activities engaged in on or after 1 October 1999 pursuant to a course of action proposed by the Minister under section 22 or 23 of the Act respecting income security (chapter S‐3.1.1) before that date are deemed to be activities engaged in as part of an Individualized Integration, Training and Employment Plan.
1998, c. 36, s. 210.
211. Agreements entered into before 1 October 1999 under section 24 of the Act respecting income security (chapter S‐3.1.1) are deemed to be agreements entered into under section 8 of this Act.
1998, c. 36, s. 211.
212. Instructions given to an adult by the Minister under section 28 of the Act respecting income security (chapter S‐3.1.1) before 1 October 1999 are deemed to be directions given under section 45 of this Act.
1998, c. 36, s. 212.
213. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 213; 2002, c. 51, s. 23.
214. The amendment made to section 65.1 of the Act respecting income security (chapter S-3.1.1) by paragraph 4 of section 207 is declaratory.
1998, c. 36, s. 214.
215. (Repealed).
1998, c. 36, s. 215; 1999, c. 83, s. 339.
216. Amounts recoverable under the Act respecting income security (chapter S‐3.1.1) are recoverable, without further formality, under this Act.
1998, c. 36, s. 216.
217. Any amount recoverable under the Social Aid Act (chapter A‐16) is recoverable under this Act and sections 104 and 111 to 118 apply to that end.
1998, c. 36, s. 217.
218. Any amount recoverable under the Social Aid Act (chapter A‐16) may be recovered under the Act respecting income security (chapter S‐3.1.1) and, subject to any act having interrupted or suspended the prescription period, prescription in respect of such an amount takes effect on 1 January 1999 whether or not the amount is the subject of a claim made under the Social Aid Act or the Act respecting income security. The prescription period applicable to any time before 1 January 1994 is 30 years and the prescription period is reduced to five years starting from that date.
Until 1 October 1999, sections 39 to 45 of the Act respecting income security apply to the recovery of an amount recoverable under the Social Aid Act.
This section applies notwithstanding any other provision and has effect from 1 August 1992, except as regards a recoverable amount which is the subject of a claim and in respect of which prescription was invoked in a writing sent to the Minister before 12 March 1998 or in respect of which a judicial proceeding is pending and prescription was invoked as a ground in writing before the latter date. If such is the case, the Minister shall terminate collection procedures in respect of the amount and reimburse to the debtor any amount collected since prescription was invoked by the debtor. The refund is an excluded amount for the purposes of sections 52 and 68 of the Regulation respecting income security (Order in Council 922-89 of 14 June 1989).
1998, c. 36, s. 218.
219. The third paragraph of section 110 applies to claims arising after 1 October 1999, even if the benefit was granted before that date.
1998, c. 36, s. 219.
220. Section 115 applies to any amount owed to the Minister, even if the claim was established before 1 October 1999.
1998, c. 36, s. 220.
221. Prescription may not be invoked against any recovery effected under section 44 of the Act respecting income security (chapter S‐3.1.1) before 1 October 1999. Moreover, prescription is interrupted on the date of the last recovery so effected.
The first paragraph does not apply to cases pending on 18 December 1997 if prescription was invoked as a ground in writing before that date.
1998, c. 36, s. 221.
222. Section 202 applies to any amount owed to the Minister, even if the claim was established before 1 October 1999, except if the case is pending on that date. The new prescription period shall apply having regard to the time already elapsed.
1998, c. 36, s. 222.
223. A person designated by the Minister to hear an application for review under section 77 of the Act respecting income security (chapter S‐3.1.1) is deemed to be a person designated under section 129 of this Act.
1998, c. 36, s. 223.
224. Until 1 October 1999, the Government may make regulations containing transitional provisions to rectify any omission in connection with the implementation of this Act.
A regulation under this section is not subject to the publication requirement set out in section 8 of the Regulations Act (chapter R‐18.1). However, if the regulation so provides, the regulation may apply from any date not prior to the coming into force of this section.
1998, c. 36, s. 224.
225. Persons referred to in the second paragraph of section 67 of the Social Aid Act (Statutes of Québec, 1969, chapter 63) shall continue to receive the allowances referred to in that paragraph.
1998, c. 36, s. 225.
225.1. For the year 2001, section 79 of this Act, as it read on 1 January 2001, is amended by inserting the following subparagraph after subparagraph 5 of the third paragraph:
“ (6)  where scholarships are included in computing the total income of the adult, the adult’s spouse or the dependent child under paragraph g of section 312 of the Taxation Act (chapter I-3), the lesser of the amount of the scholarships and $3,000. ”.
2001, c. 44, s. 22.
225.2. For each of the years 2002 and 2003, the amount of the benefit determined in respect of an adult eligible under the Parental Wage Assistance Program is the higher of the amounts obtained by applying the computation rules for such benefit in effect for the year 2001 and those in effect for the year 2002 or 2003, as the case may be.
For the year 2002, the first paragraph applies insofar as the adult or the adult’s spouse was, for the year 2001, eligible under the program or was the spouse of an eligible adult.
For the year 2003, the first paragraph applies insofar as the adult or the adult’s spouse was, for each of the years 2001 and 2002, eligible under the program or was the spouse of an eligible adult.
The Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity must inform the Minister of Revenue of the fact that an adult eligible under the program is subject to the application of this section. The amount shall be determined by the Minister of Revenue on the filing of the documents referred to in section 90.
2001, c. 44, s. 22.
225.3. The rules contained in this Act apply to any claim concerning an amount granted before 1 January 2003 under Title I or section 16 of this Act, or section 25 of the Act respecting income security (chapter S-3.1.1) if it is established on or after that date in respect of an amount granted to a person, association, partnership or body, or in respect of an amount granted on condition of repayment.
2002, c. 51, s. 24.
226. The sums required to pay the portion of the advance payments provided for in the second paragraph of section 82 that is attributable to the amount of increase determined under section 74 are taken from the fiscal receipts received from individuals pursuant to the Taxation Act (chapter I‐3).
1998, c. 36, s. 226.
227. For the purposes of this Act and the Act respecting income security (chapter S‐3.1.1), the Minister may enter into an agreement with Revenue Canada for the collection of personal information concerning families eligible for the national child benefit supplement.
Any such agreement must be submitted to the Commission d’accès à l’information for an opinion in accordance with the procedure set out in section 70 of the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information (chapter A‐2.1). After they are laid before the National Assembly, the agreement and the opinion shall be examined by the competent committee of the National Assembly.
Until 1 July 2000, this section applies notwithstanding section 64 of the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information.
1998, c. 36, s. 227; 2006, c. 22, s. 177.
228. The Minister must report to the Government on the implementation of the provisions of this Act which pertain to the Individualized Plan not later than 1 October 2002, and on the implementation of the provisions of this Act which pertain to the payment of part of the benefit relating to lodging to the lessor not later than (insert here the date occurring three years after the coming into force of sections 32, 187 and 188).
The Minister must also, not later than 1 October 2002, report to the Government on the implementation of the provisions of this Act which pertain to parental contribution.
The reports shall be laid before the National Assembly by the Minister within the next 15 days or, if the Assembly is not sitting, within 15 days of resumption.
The reports shall be examined by the competent committee of the National Assembly within one year after they are laid before the Assembly.
1998, c. 36, s. 228.
Are not in force the provisions of the first paragraph concerning the report on the implementation of the provisions pertaining to the payment of part of the benefit relating to lodging to the lessor. O.C. 1010-99 dated 1 September 1999, (1999) 131 G.O. 2, 2877.
229. The Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity is responsible for the administration of this Act.
1998, c. 36, s. 229; 2001, c. 44, s. 23.
230. (Omitted).
1998, c. 36, s. 230.
REPEAL SCHEDULES
In accordance with section 9 of the Act respecting the consolidation of the statutes and regulations (chapter R‐3), chapter 36 of the statutes of 1998, in force on 1 April 1999, is repealed, except sections 208 and 230, effective from the coming into force of chapter S‐32.001 of the Revised Statutes.
In accordance with section 9 of the Act respecting the consolidation of the statutes and regulations (chapter R‐3), sections 1 to 19, the first paragraph of section 20, sections 21 to 26, the first and second paragraphs of section 27, sections 28 to 31, 33 to 55, 58, 67 to 155, paragraphs 1 to 6, 8 to 23 and 25 to 30 of section 156, sections 158 to 175, 178 to 186, 189 to 202, 204, 206, 209 to 212, 216, 217, 219 to 226, 228 and 229 of chapter 36 of the statutes of 1998, in force on 1 April 2000, are repealed effective from the coming into force of the updating to 1 April 2000 of chapter S-32.001 of the Revised Statutes.
In accordance with section 9 of the Act respecting the consolidation of the statutes and regulations (chapter R‐3), sections 56, 57 and paragraph 31 of section 156 of chapter 36 of the statutes of 1998, in force on 1 April 2001, are repealed effective from the coming into force of the updating to 1 April 2001 of chapter S-32.001 of the Revised Statutes.