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.
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.
Work is admissible if its purpose is to make urgent repairs to correct major defects affecting at least one of the following elements:
the electricity supply
the heating system
the plumbing system
the wood frame
fire safety aspects
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
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.
A representative from the municipality or RCM will visit your home to draw up a list of admissible work.