This program grants financial assistance to the owners of residential buildings whose foundations have been damaged by the presence of pyrrhotite in order to enable them to get the necessary work done to ensure the integrity of the foundations on these buildings.
It applies to a municipality where measures have been put in place to avoid the risks associated with the presence of pyrrhotite in the foundations of residential buildings.
You may benefit from this program if all the following conditions are met:
- You are the owner of a residential building that serves as a main residence;
- The building has been damaged;
- The damage has been caused by the presence of pyrrhotite in the concrete;
- Work is needed to ensure the integrity of the building’s foundation.
Other conditions might apply.
This financial assistance covers 75% of the recognized eligible costs, up to:
- $75,000 if the building does not fall under the Guarantee Plan for New Residential Buildings;
- $15,000 if the building falls under the Guarantee Plan for New Residential Buildings, but where the restoration work on rooms located in the basement is not covered by this plan.
Eligible work includes:
- Replacement of the building’s foundation, including elements providing access to the building if they are integrated into the foundation and, if applicable, reconstruction of the outside siding;
- Restoration of the rooms located in the basement.
Landscape, paving of the driveway or alleyways (pavement, asphalt), restoration or replacement of wood decks or backyard accessories (pool, spa, shed) are not eligible under this program.
The Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ) has allocated the management of the pyrrhotite program to the municipalities and regional county municipalities (RCM).
- You must communicate with your municipality or RCM to see if you are eligible to the program. They will tell you what documents you need to submit in order to create your file.
- A representative from your municipality or RCM will go visit your residence to determine what work might be eligible.
- A representative from your municipality or your RCM will set the maximum financial assistance to which you are entitled, based on the recognized eligible costs and work execution modalities.
- You must wait for authorization from the municipality or RCM before undertaking the work.
- The financial assistance will be paid once the work has been completed and after an inspector from the municipality or RCM has checked that the work has been completed as agreed.
For More Information
Contact your municipality or RCM . If you need any additional information, contact the SHQ Client Relations Centre.
FAQ - Program for Residences Damaged by Pyrrhotite