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Amounts owed to the Québec Parental Insurance Plan

General information

Section 80 of the Parental Insurance Act entrusts the administration of the Act to the MTESS. Consequently, the responsibility for recovering sums paid in excess as part of the administration of the Act is entrusted to the Centre de recouvrement.

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There is misrepresentation when failure to provide information results in a person receiving sums to which they were not entitled, or when a declaration includes false, misleading or incomplete information in order to obtain benefits to which a person is not entitled.    

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No interest in charged on debts incurred under the Québec Parental Insurance Plan, except in cases where legal proceedings have taken place.

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Other charges

Administrative charges

An administrative charge of $35 could be applied for payments without sufficient funds (automatic withdrawal or cheques).

Legal fees

All legal fees (court fees, bailiff, etc.) incurred by the Department to take legal action are added to the claim.

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Types of documents

Claim certificate: This legal document informs the debtor that their debt is due and must be repaid. The amount indicated on this document includes the balance of all claims whose deadlines for review or appeal with the TAQ have expired. As soon as the certificate is issued, the debtor must repay their debt in its entirety, failing which they can be facing legal proceedings. After issuing a claim certificate, the Ministère may also recover any income tax refund payable by Revenu Québec or any solidarity tax credit owed to the debtor, in order to recover the debt.

Power of attorney: This document authorizes a debtor to delegate someone else to look after settling their debt. The Centre de recouvrement must be provided with a written power of attorney before it can discuss the settling of your debt with another person chosen by you.

Statement of account: The statement of account is sent every three months to inform you about the status of your file.

Income tax slip: The Ministère has until the last day of February of each year to send you an income tax slip. If you are not receiving benefits from the Québec Parental Insurance Plan, a tax slip will only be sent if you have made repayments over the course of the previous year.

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Exchange of information

The Ministère has agreements regarding the exchange of information with departments and agencies such as:

  • Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec
  • Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec
  • Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation
  • Équifax Credit Bureau

These agreements have been submitted to and approved by the Commission d’accès à l’information, which is responsible for applying the Act respecting access to documents held by public bodies and the protection of personal information.

Under these agreements and in compliance with opinions issued by the Commission d’accès à l’information, the Ministère may obtain information about your income, property, vehicles, real estate and credit file, as well as about any amounts paid to you by other departments or agencies.

The information obtained by the MTESS is used for verification purposes. It does not have any impact on your obligation to provide all requested information and documents.

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