The Residential Adaptation Assistance Program ensures that people with a disability are able to enter and exit their home, perform their daily routines, and therefore continue to reside in their own home.
The program applies to people with a permanent disability.
This program provides financial support for the following adaptation work.
All people with disabilities whose limitations affect their everyday activities are eligible for assistance, provided:
Other conditions may apply.
The eligibility of a person with a disability is determined by the occupational therapist assigned to the case.
The financial assistance is remitted to the owner of the residential unit and the amount depends on several criteria, including household income of the person with a disability and whether that person requires the installation of specialized equipment.
It is highly likely that the grant will not cover the total cost of the work and that the owner will have to pay the difference.
Financial assistance may be as much as $16,000 per eligible person. In certain specific cases determined by the Société d’habitation du Québec, an additional amount of up to $7,000 may be paid.
In cases where specialized equipment is required, additional assistance not exceeding $10,000 may also be paid, based on criteria determined by the Société d’habitation du Québec.
The admissible work is determined by the municipal partner based on the terms of the program and the recommendations made by the occupational therapist. This work must meet the needs of the person with a disability.
Work is admissible if:
Work performed before authorization is granted by the municipality, regional county municipality or the Société d’habitation du Québec will not receive financial assistance.
The Société d’habitation du Québec has entrusted municipalities and regional county municipalities (RCMs) with responsibility for managing the Program. The health and social services network is also involved in the production of occupational therapists’ reports.
There is generally a waiting period before a case is taken on by an occupational therapist and the municipal partner. This period may vary between regions.
Cases are processed in several stages spread over several months.
If a person with a disability is considering moving, any application to the program should be delayed until the person is settled into the new home.
In the case of construction of a home, work admissible under the program is limited. The owner must plan to design the building to ensure accessibility.