Emergency Repair Program - Société d'habitation du Québec


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Emergency Repair Program

The government has approved the RénoRégion program (RRP), which replaces the Emergency Repair and RénoVillage programs.

For details : RénoRégion program

The Emergency Repair Program offers financial assistance for low-income owner-occupiers who live in rural areas and must carry out urgent work on their homes to correct major defects that pose an immediate threat to the health or safety of the home’s occupants.


You may obtain assistance from the Program if:

  • You are the owner-occupier of a single-family home located in a municipality with fewer than 5,000 inhabitants or in a sector forming part of a municipality with more than 5,000 inhabitants that is not served by a water supply or sewage system.

    The program does not apply to the territories of Ville de Gatineau or Ville de Laval, or to the territories of municipalities located within the agglomerations of Longueuil, Montreal and Québec City.
  • Your household’s income does not exceed the maximum eligible income, which varies according to the size of your household and the municipality in which you live.
  • Urgent work is required on your home to correct major defects.
  • The standardized value of your home, excluding the site, must not exceed $35,000. However, your municipality or regional county municipality (RCM) may set a higher maximum value, which cannot exceed $90,000.

Other conditions may apply.

Available assistance

The financial assistance covers 100% of the recognized admissible costs, up to a maximum of $6,000, $9,000 or $11,000, depending on geographic location.

Admissible work

Work is admissible if its purpose is to make urgent repairs to correct major defects affecting at least one of the following elements:

  • the structure
  • the electricity supply
  • the heating system
  • the plumbing system
  • the wood frame
  • fire safety aspects

Program applications

The Société d’habitation du Québec has entrusted the municipalities and RCMs with responsibility for managing the Emergency Repair Program.

Steps in the application process

  1. Contact your municipality or regional county municipality to see whether you qualify for the Program. You will be told which documents are required to complete your file.
  2. A representative from the municipality or RCM will visit your home to draw up a list of admissible work.
  3. You must then obtain one or more bids from contractors holding the appropriate licences from the Régie du bâtiment du Québec Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre..
  4. You must not begin work until you have received authorization from the municipality or RCM.
  5. You will receive the financial assistance once the work is complete and the municipal or RCM inspector has checked to ensure that it has been carried out as agreed.

For further information

Contact your municipality or RCM Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre., or the Société d'habitation du Québec.