Financial Assistance

The following section presents the methods used to determine the total expenses that can be reimbursed for cultural workshops in the schools.

To be eligible for reimbursement, costs must be necessary and reasonable and have been actually incurred. Supporting documents may be requested, depending on the specific terms and conditions specified by the school, school service centre (SSC) or school board (SB).

Eligible expenses

Depending on the region and resources available, financial assistance for cultural workshops can be as much as 100% of eligible expenses (or 75% for private schools).


  • The professional fee for artists and writers is set at $515 per working day per person and is not negotiable. This fee covers all administrative costs and expenses involved in preparing and leading activities.
  • Fees for representatives of cultural organizations remain at the discretion of the organizations. However, eligible expenses cannot exceed $515 per working day per person.
  • If the cultural resource is subject to taxes, they are added to the fees and represent an eligible expense.
  • The workday consists of a maximum of three workshops.

Transportation costs

  • In all cases, the most cost-effective means of transportation must be used.
  • The actual cost of public transportation and car rental is reimbursed.
  • Reimbursements for parking expenses are based on the actual cost shown on the receipt provided.
  • Workshop leaders may travel to remote regions by rail or air when the circumstances warrant it, provided an agreement to this effect has already been reached.

Use of a personal vehicle

  • If the use of a personal vehicle is necessary, transportation expense are reimbursed at the rate of $0.545 per kilometre. Supporting documents may be required, depending on the terms and conditions specified by the school or school, SSC or SB.
  • Expenses related to the use of a personal vehicle are allowable for return trips covering a minimum distance of 25 kilometres between the school and the main office or residence of the artist or writer. For return trips under 25 kilometres, a flat fee of $13.63 may be claimed with a supporting document (notice of meeting, parking receipt, etc.).

Meal costs

Trips of under 12 hours without an overnight stay

The following maximum meal expenses, including taxes and tips, are reimbursed to the artist or the writer:

  • Breakfast: $10.40 (applicable if the departure from the main office or residence occurs before 7:30 a.m.)
  • Lunch: $14.30 (applicable if the departure from the main office or residence occurs before 11:30 a.m. and the return to the main office or residence occurs after 1:30 p.m.)
  • Dinner: $21.55 (applicable if the return to the main office or residence occurs after 6:30 p.m.)

Travel with an overnight stay

Artists or writers whose travel involves an overnight stay may claim a per diem of $46.25 without submitting meal receipts.

Travel north of the 49th parallel

The total eligible amounts for meals are increased by:

  • 30% if the meals are taken in a commercial establishment located between the 49th and 50th parallel
  • 50% if they are taken in a municipality located beyond the 50th parallel

However, the following municipalities are excluded:

  • Baie-Comeau
  • Port-Cartier
  • Sept-Îles
  • Towns and villages on the Gaspé peninsula

Accomodation costs

  • Accomodation costs may be reimbursed up to the maximum amounts indicated below, which exclude taxes. Taxes must be reimbursed separately. Supporting documents may be required, depending on the terms and conditions specified by the school or school, SSC or SB.
  • Cultural resource persons are entitled to a fixed allowance of $5.85 per overnight stay.
  • Cultural resource persons can choose to stay overnight with a relative or friend and receive a lump-sum allowance. This is set at $22.25 for each overnight stay.
  • The actual costs of lodging in a hotel or any other type of accommodation in municipalities located north of the 51st parallel are reimbursable.


Low season (November 1 to May 31)

High season (June 1 to October 31)

a) Overnight stay in a hotel located within the limits of the city of Montréal



b) Overnight stay in a hotel located within the limits of the city of Québec



c) Overnight stay in a hotel located in the cities of Laval, Gatineau, Longueuil, Lac-Beauport and Lac-Delage



d) Overnight stay in a hotel located elsewhere in Québec



e) Overnight stay in any other establishment (campground, youth hostel, etc.)



Specialized materials or equipment rental costs

  • Artists, writers and cultural organizations are entitled to a maximum $100 reimbursement per day to cover the cost of purchasing specialized perishable or non-reusable materials and for the rental of equipment for which they are responsible. Needs must be determined subsequent to an agreement with the school.
  • Cultural resource persons are responsible for the purchase, rental and transportation of the materials they require, though they may ask school staff for assistance if necessary.
  • The costs for purchasing perishable or non-reusable materials, or for the rental of equipment for which the school is responsible, are covered to a maximum of $500 per day that the cultural resource is present.

Costs associated with the purchase of books for a workshop given by a writer

  • The purchase of books by the guest writer is an eligible expense for a maximum amount of $420 per day the writer is present. This expense must be included in the submission for a Cultural Workshops at School project.
  •  When purchasing books is necessary, the titles of the books and the required number of copies may be established by the writer and teacher in their prior agreement, in accordance with the nature of the workshop, the number of students and the pedagogical approaches to be used. To accomplish this, they could draw from the titles suggested in the Répertoire culture-éducation Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre. or, with the writer, select another of the writer's books that relates to the workshop and is appropriate for the students.
  • SSC, SB or schools must comply with the Act respecting the development of Québec firms in the book industry (CQLR. c. D-8.1) and its regulations, and purchase books associated with writers’ visits from an accredited bookstore Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre. in their administrative region.

Preparation and administration costs

The preparation and administration costs listed below are covered to a maximum of 15% of the total of the other allowable expenses:

  • The cost of providing substitute teachers to allow the teachers concerned to participate in the various phases of the projects
  • The cost of technical and computer support for the workshops carried out by means of video-conference.
  • The cost of stationery, printing and photocopying

Ineligible expenses

  • Fees and expenses related to the presentation of a professional or amateur show at the school or a cultural venue
  • Purchase of permanent equipment such as:
    • stage equipment
    • computer hardware
    • musical instruments and music stands
    • photographic equipment or video cameras
  • Training costs for teaching staff and cultural partners
  • Operating costs of cultural organizations

Contact us

Public schools:

Private schools:

Artists and cultural organizations:
Contact the regional representative Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre. of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications in your area.

Contact the l’Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois (UNEQ).


Public schools:
The project submission deadlines are determined by each school service centre and school board.

Private schools:
The submission deadline for cultural workshop proposals is October 15.

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