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RénoRégion

The RénoRégion program provides financial assistance to low or modest-income owner-occupants in rural areas for work to correct major defects in their home.

The Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ) covers the costs of the RénoRégion Program. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre. may also contribute. The SHQ administers the program and delegates application at the local level to regional county municipalities (RCM) and specified municipalities.

Eligibility

The program is intended for owner-occupants of a housing unit with one or more major defects that is located in an eligible area.

The owner-occupant’s annual household income must not exceed the maximum allowable level, which varies depending on the region.

Other eligibility conditions

  • The housing unit must be occupied as a primary residence by the owner who is applying for financial assistance. In addition:
    • The building may have no more than two housing units, including the owner-occupant’s unit;
    • The residential portion of a mixed-use building (e.g. store on the ground floor and housing unit above) is eligible if it meets the other program conditions.
  • The value of the residence, excluding the value of the land, may not exceed the maximum level set by the municipality or RMC, and this value may not exceed $100,000.
  • Owners are ineligible for the program if they have received assistance under the RénoVillage or Quebec Affordable Housing—Nord-du-Québec component programs in the 10 years prior to their application, or under the Emergency Repair program within the past five years.

Assistance available

The RénoRégion program provides a grant that is paid out only upon completion of the work.

This grant may cover up to 95 percent of the approved cost for the admissible work, to a maximum of $12,000.

The cost of admissible work is either the lowest bid received, the cost invoiced by the contractor or that determined from the price list in effect for the program, whichever is the least.

The amount of the grant is determined by multiplying the approved cost for the admissible work by the percentage of the financial assistance to which the recipient is entitled. This percentage varies depending on the difference between household income and the income level applicable, as well as household size and region of residence.

Admissible work

The housing unit must need work with a value of at least $2,000 to correct one or more major defects involving at least one of the following components.

  • Exterior walls
  • Openings
  • Overhangs
  • Roofing
  • Structure
  • Electricity
  • Plumbing
  • Heating
  • Thermal insulation

The work must be performed by a contractor with the appropriate licence from the Régie du bâtiment du Québec Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre. (RBQ), must start after the municipality or RCM grants approval and must be completed within six months of the approval date.

Program registration

Required steps

  1. Applicants must first contact their municipality Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre. or RCM Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre. , as applicable. The applicant’s eligibility for the program will be determined and any documents required for the file will be indicated.
  2. A certified inspector will then visit the building to draw up a list of the admissible work to be included in the specifications.
  3. Based on those specifications, the applicant must obtain one or more bids from contractors who hold an appropriate RBQ licence and submit to the municipality or RCM the bid of the contractor chosen to perform the work.
  4. The municipality or RCM will complete the file and, if everything is acceptable, issue a certificate of admissibility indicating the amount that will be paid out upon completion of the work, provided all program conditions have been met. This document will also authorize the owner to start the work.
  5. Once the work is complete, the certified inspector will determine whether it complies with the specifications and submit a report to the municipality or RCM. Once that report is approved, the applicant will receive the authorized payment.

Eligible municipalities

The RénoRégion Program applies to all municipalities with a population of less than 15,000 and those located in the Gaspésie−Îles-de-la-Madeleine region. In municipalities with a population of more than 15,000, the program applies to areas without public water or sewer service.

The program does not apply to the cites of Gatineau and Laval nor to the greater Longueuil, Montreal and Quebec City areas. Northern villages and Indian reserves are also ineligible.

Information

For more information about the RénoRégion Program, please contact your municipality Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre. or RCM Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre..

If you want complementary information, you may contact the SHQ by telephone at 1 800 463-4315 (toll-free) or by email at infoshq@shq.gouv.qc.ca .

General information is also available from the Services Québec office nearest you.