Coping with a Loss of Independence

Residential Adaptation Assistance Program

Registering for Option 2: Self-Identified Needs and Work

Any person with a disability, meaning anyone who:

  • has a disability resulting in a significant and persistent impairment
  • is likely to encounter obstacles in their everyday activities
The person with a disability must determine what adaptation work has to be carried out in his or her home himself or herself.
Eligible Work
The work is eligible if it:
  • involves modifying and adapting the home so that the person with a disability can enter and exit it and independently access the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, dining room and living room and pursue his or her everyday activities
  • constitutes a simple, functional and low-cost solution
  • is permanent
  • is completed within 12 months of the date on which authorization is received from the Société d’habitation du Québec
Eligible Buildings
To qualify, the building must be the home of the person with a disability. It may be:
  • a single-family house
  • a multiple-unit residential building 
  • a rooming house
  • a mobile home
  • a seniors’ residence housing up to 9 people and certified by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
  • a family-type resource (a foster family or foster home)
Some buildings are ineligible:
  • a building used seasonally
  • a building serving as a hotel
  • a building whose operating deficit is covered entirely or partly by the Société

To register for Option 2: Self-identified Needs and Work, the person with a disability must:
  1. if he or she is a tenant, obtain the owner’s permission for the work to be carried out in the dwelling
  2. contact the Société or a local community service centre (CLSC) in the region to obtain a program registration form
  3. fill out the form (asking the owner to complete the section of the form that concerns him or her)
  4. enclose the required documents with the form
  5. send the complete application to the Société
To obtain a CLSC’s address, use the Finding a Resource online service.
Application Processing
The steps involved in processing your application are as follows:
  • The Société reviews the application. If the person is eligible, the Société sends him or her a form.
  • The person with a disability must indicate on the form the work that he or she plans to carry out to meet his or her needs from the list of eligible work provided.
  • The owner of the home occupied by the person with a disability must present one or more bids from contractors to the Société. If the person with a disability is the homeowner, he or she is not required to present any such bids.
  • To carry out the work in question, the owner must choose a contractor who is entered in the Régie du bâtiment du Québec’s register of licence holders, who has valid GST and QST numbers, and who is not listed in the register of enterprises ineligible for public contracts.
  • The homeowner must obtain the Société’s authorization before performing any work.
  • Once the work has been completed, the owner must provide to the Société all invoices, describing the work performed.
  • If everything is in order, the financial assistance is paid to the owner by the Société.
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