Home Adaptation for Seniors’ Independence - Société d'habitation du Québec

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Home Adaptation for Seniors’ Independence

It is important to note that the Government of Québec’s 2014-2015 budget makes no provision for new investment in this program.

Concerned about the quality and efficiency of the programs it offers, the Société d'habitation du Québec would like to inform you that it is currently revising the Home Adaptation for Senior's Independence (HASI) program.

The program has thus been suspended for the 2013-2014 program schedule, as this is the time required to carry out a complete assessment with the objective of making the initiatives of the Société d'habitation du Québec more beneficial for seniors.

However, seniors facing major loss of autonomy may apply for assistance under the Residential Adaptation Assistance Program to have their apartment made functional and accessible. This program is intended for any person with a deficiency causing a significant and persistent disability, who is liable to encounter barriers in performing everyday activities.

The Home Adaptation for Seniors’ Independence Program provides financial assistance for people aged 65 or older, on low incomes, who need to make minor adaptations to their house or apartment in order to continue to live there safely and independently.


You may be eligible for the Program if:

  • You are 65 years of age or older
  • You find it difficult to perform certain everyday activities in your home
  • 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 you live

Other conditions may apply.

Available assistance

Financial assistance takes the form of a grant of up to:

  • $3,500 if you have the work done by a contractor who holds the appropriate licences from the Régie du bâtiment du Québec
  • $1,750 if the work is not done by a licensed contractor. In such cases, only the price of materials and equipment will be considered

Admissible work

Work is admissible if it helps to relieve the difficulties you experience in performing certain everyday activities in your home – for example:

  • installing a handrail along a corridor or staircase
  • installing grab bars near the bathtub, and installing faucets or handles that are easier to use
  • installing switches or electrical outlets in practical locations

Costs incurred to purchase, maintain or repair aids to mobility, such as wheelchairs and walkers, do not qualify for support.


The Société d’habitation du Québec entrusts the management of this Program to the municipalities and regional county municipalities (RCMs).

Steps in the application process

  1. Contact your municipality or RCM to see whether you qualify for the Program. You will be told which documents are needed to complete your file.
  2. If you qualify for the Program, a representative from the municipality or RCM will visit your home to help you to identify your needs and complete your application for assistance. He or she will then draw up a list of admissible work.
  3. You must wait for authorization from the municipality or RCM before beginning the work.
  4. The grant will be paid when the work has been completed and the municipal or RCM inspector has checked to make sure it has been performed correctly.

For further information

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