Spousal Contribution

Your spouse’s contribution is determined based on the income reported in their declaration form. Filing a declaration form is mandatory, because the amount of your spouse’s contribution must be included in the calculation of your financial assistance. As such, no assessment will be made until we have received your spouse’s declaration form.

Disposable income

We use your spouse’s gross income to calculate their disposable income. If you have a major functional disability, we deduct an exemption of $2 603. 

Calculation of disposable income

(Gross income - exemption)
Disposable income

Expected contribution

A progressive contribution rate is then applied to the resulting disposable income in order to determine your spouse’s expected contribution.

Contribution expected from spouse
Disposable Income Expected contribution (fixed portion and applicable rate)
$0 to $38 000 $0
$38 001 to $65 000 $0 on the first $38 000 and 19% on the remainder
$65 001 to $75 000 $5 130 on the first $65 000 and 29% on the remainder
$75 001 to $85 000 $8 030 on the first $75 000 and 39% on the remainder
$85 001 + $11 930 on the first $85 000 and 49% on the remainder

The result is divided by the number of dependent secondary level vocational training or postsecondary students, including you, for whom the spouse is required to make a contribution.

Calculation of the spousal contribution

The following calculation establishes the amount of the spousal contribution:

(Disposable income - fixed portion) x applicable rate
(Number of dependent children + applicant)
Spousal contribution


No contribution is expected of a spouse who receives financial assistance under the Loans and Bursaries Program for the current award year or who received assistance for the preceding year. However, the Declaration of Spouse must still be filled out.