The financial assistance programs offered by the Société d'habitation du Québec are designed to meet the needs of rental households, low-income homeowners and housing sector stakeholders. Their purpose is to foster access to proper housing conditions, to improve housing and living environments, to produce affordable housing and to foster innovation and recognition of Québec’s housing sector expertise.
Programs & Services
For Additional Information
Contact Elwood Francoeur, SHQ Inspector:
By telephone: 819-648-5689 ext. 227
By e-mail: email@example.com
Or visit the SHQ Website: http://www.habitation.gouv.qc.ca
Home adaptations for seniors' independence
THE HOME ADAPTATION FOR SENIORS' INDEPENDENCE (HASI) PROGRAM GRANTS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE OF UP TO $3,500 TO LOW-INCOME SENIORS AGED 65 OR OVER WHO NEED TO MAKE MINOR HOME ADAPTATIONS IN ORDER TO CONTINUE TO LIVE SAFELY AND INDEPENDENTLY IN THEIR HOUSE OR APARTMENT.
The Société d'habitation du Québec (SHQ) administers the HASI program and has delegated all aspects of local application to the regional county municipalities (MRCs) and municipalities.
What adaptations qualify for the program?
Your home adaptations qualify for the program if they help relieve the difficulties you experience in carrying out certain everyday activities in your home.
The adaptations must be permanent, built-in alterations to your home. For example, they may help you enter and leave your home or use your kitchen or bathroom facilities more easily.
Examples of qualifying adaptations include the following:
- Installing a handrail along a corridor or staircase;
- Installing grab bars near the bathtub, and installing taps or handles that are easier to use;
- Installing easily-accessible switches or electrical outlets.
However, costs incurred for the purchase, maintenance or repair of aids to mobility such as wheelchairs and walkers do not qualify for support under the program.
Are you eligible for the program?
YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE HASI PROGRAM IF:
- You are 65 years of age or over;
- You find it difficult to carry out certain everyday activities in
- Your total household income does not exceed certain maximum admissible levels that vary according to the number of people living with you and the municipality in which your home is located.
Is your home in need of major repairs?
DO YOU OWN AND OCCUPY YOUR HOME?
DO YOU LIVE IN A RURAL AREA?
DO YOU HAVE A MODEST INCOME?
If so, the RénoVillage program might be able to help you. It provide
financial assistance of up to $10,000 for necessary home improvements.
Since its implementation, this program has been highly successful,
helping several thousands rural low-income owners renovate their
home. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and
the Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ) share the cost of this
program. The program is administered by the SHQ, and local application
is delegated to the regional county municipalities and certain
Who is eligible to receive financial assistance under the program?
You are eligible for the RénoVillage program if:
- You own and occupy a house or other dwelling located in an eligible municipality or area of a municipality;
- The annual income for your household does not exceed the maximum eligible income level, which varies according to the size of your household .
What are the eligibility criteria?
HOUSE OR DWELLING
The program is applicable only to the dwelling that you occupy as your main residence. It may be:
- A single-family home.
- A permanently installed mobile home.
- A building with no more than two dwellings, where one of the dwellings is your main residence.
An eligible building may also include a non-residential component, such as a commercial space on the ground floor.
The standardized value of your main residence must not exceed
$35,000 excluding land value. Nevertheless, to better take into
account the particular conditions in its district, a regional county
municipality (MRC) or a city may decide to set a higher ceiling up to
a maximum of $75,000.
You must not have previously received financial assistance under
the Emergency Repair Program (PRU) in the last year.
You may not benefit more than once from the RénoVillage
Your house or dwelling must require at least $2,000 worth of work needed to correct one or more major defects relating to at least one of the following aspects:
- The structure
- The heating system
- The frame
- The electrical system
- The plumbing
- Fire safety
You must deal with a contractor who holds an appropriate license from the Régie du bâtiment du Québec.
The renovation work may start only after receiving your eligibility certificate and must be finished within 6 months of