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The program covers 75% of the admissible costs, up to the following maximum amounts:
Building on which admissible work was carried out before authorization was obtained from the SHQ are not eligible, except where the work was for restoration of a basement. In this case, the work must have been performed between January 1, 2010, and the date on which the Program came into force*, on an eligible building in which remedial work covered by the Guarantee Plan for New Residential Buildings was also carried out during that period.
*Ville de Trois-Rivières, 11 août 2011.
The owners of residential buildings who meet all the Program eligibility criteria.
The application must be for a residential building comprising one or more units, or for the residential portion of another type of building. The following conditions must also be met:
Other conditions also apply.
If an inspection report shows that one of the semi-detached units meets the eligibility criteria, the same report may be used to establish the eligibility of both units, provided the foundations were built at the same time. In other words, both owners may qualify for separate financial assistance based on the same report.
To qualify, a building may be occupied by its owner or rented for residential purposes. It may also be vacant when the application for assistance is made. In the latter case, however, it must be intended to serve as a principal residence for a natural person.
No, the Program only covers buildings used as principal residences.
The following work is covered by the Program:
Admissible costs include:
The Program is administered by the towns and regional county municipalities (RCMs) that have signed management agreements with the Société d'habitation du Québec. Applications should therefore be sent to the town or RCM on whose territory the building is located.
See the Directory of Municipalities .
Homeowners must complete the Application Form available from their municipality, and provide all the documentation required for the application to be considered:
The estimated cost of a laboratory report is $4,000.
Factors that may affect file processing times include the number of applications to the Program and the availability of contractors.
The Québec Government and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
The Program is expected to remain in force for ten years.
Applicants who receive damages as a result of a civil action or an insurance payout for subsidized work will have to reimburse any financial assistance they may have received to the SHQ. In other words, financial assistance is reimbursable, but only in cases where homeowners are otherwise compensated for the damage in respect of which assistance was paid.
For the time being, the Ville de Trois-Rivières is the only one to offer the Program, since most of the cases identified so far are located within its territory. However, the SHQ is currently engaged in discussions with other municipalities with buildings damaged by phrrhotite, and they, too, may eventually sign agreements with the SHQ for the Program.
According to different sources, up to 900 residences may be affected. Most are covered by the Guarantee Plan for New Residential Buildings . The majority of the buildings concerned are located in the Ville de Trois-Rivières.
No, landscaping costs are not covered by the Program. The Program is designed to pay for urgent work that is needed to ensure the integrity of the buildings and the safety of their occupants.
This is common practice and is a way of ensuring that prices are fair. It creates healthy competition between contractors, and helps keep prices down.
Yes, but they must first confirm that they quality for the Program. The amount payable for materials will be established from the bids obtained, and labour costs will be calculated by an estimator commissioned by the municipality.
Owner-occupiers who do the work themselves will be paid $9.50 per hour. This amount is not taxable.
The Société d’habitation du Québec reserves the right to draw up such a list, as it has done for other Programs.
A research program has been set up to study the problem and clarify current standards, which will then be applied throughout Québec. The SHQ is providing financial support for the research, which is being conducted by the Centre de recherche sur les infrastructures en béton and the Régie du bâtiment du Québec, in conjunction with Université Laval.
Some steps have also been taken in the Trois-Rivières region to help ensure that such a situation does not recur. Among other things, the Régie du bâtiment, the Association béton Québec and the administrators of the Guarantee Plan for New Residential Buildings have introduced measures to improve the overall reliability of the concrete production process.
For example, aggregate producers in the Trois-Rivières region have begun a quarry prequalification process that will provide background information for concrete manufacturers, along with data that will help them to judge the quality of the aggregate. In addition, the Bureau de normalisation du Québec has banned the use of aggregate from the geological deposit in the Trois-Rivières region that caused the problem. This preventive measure will remain in force until the conditions and triggers of harmful phrrhotite reactions have been thoroughly researched.
Please contact your municipality if you have any other questions about the Program.
See the Directory of Municipalities .