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NEW MONTRÉAL HOME ADAPTATION PROGRAM (MONTRÉAL HAP)

Do you have a handicap and need a home adaptation?

Beginning May 1, 2020*, the new Montréal HAP program will offer a subsidy to owners of dwellings that are occupied by one or more people with handicaps who need adaptation to access their home, get around in it and/or carry out everyday activities.

This program will replace the HAP that is currently in force in Montréal that the city manages as an agent for the Société d’habitation du Québec.

*Subject to the program’s adoption by city council.

Why can apply?

Handicapped persons, as defined under the Act to secure handicapped persons in the exercise of their rights with a view to achieving social, school and workplace integration (CQLR, chapter E-20.1) can apply for home adaptation whether they are owners or tenants. “Home” is understood to mean a person’s primary residence.

To be eligible for a subsidy, adaptations must be:

  • Necessary in order to compensate for the person’s handicap in the home
  • Recommended by an occupational therapist 

Amount of the subsidy and eligible adaptation work, equipment and fees

The subsidy covers eligible adaptation work, equipment and fees to meet adaptation needs up to $35,000 per dwelling.

The subsidy is increased to $45,000 if the building is a family-type resource (in French) or a private residence for seniors (in French) for nine or more people.

Adaptation work must involve:

  • Improving outdoor access to the dwelling or building by installing a handrail, access ramp or a platform lift
  • Installing a handicapped-accessible shower
  • Adapting the bathroom
  • Adapting the kitchen
  • Improving movement through the home and adapting living spaces such as the living room, bedroom or office (moving outlets and switches, widening door frames, etc.)

Eligible equipment

  • Platform lifts
  • Overhead lifts
  • Stair lifts
  • Automatic garage door opener
  • Communication equipment (intercoms, flashing doorbells, etc.)

Some fees are also eligible:

  • Reports from occupational therapists in the private sector
  • A portion of the fees for construction/renovation permits for home adaptations
  • Public property occupancy fees while the adaptation work is being performed
  • Tree felling permit fees if trees must be cut down as part of the adaptation work
  • A portion of the architectural or architectural technician fees related to your home adaptation, if required in order for the permit to be issued 
  • A portion of engineering fees related to your home adaptation, if required in order for the permit to be issued 
  • Certificate of location, if required under borough legislation in order for the permit to be issued

Would you like to apply for the new program?

You can apply once the program comes into force, which is planned for May 1, 2020.

Check our Web site for more details beginning on this date.

Have you already applied to the current HAP?

The current HAP remains in effect through March 31 and the commitments made by the city as the Société d’habitation du Québec’s program agent will be honoured.

If your file has already been approved (you have received a letter confirming the amount of the subsidy), it will be processed according to the Société d’habitation du Québec’s program parameters. Your file cannot be transferred to the new program.

If your file has not been approved, it will be processed within the city’s new program.

In either case, you will receive a letter from the city to update you on the progress of your application.


The program is funded by the Société d'habitation du Québec. The Société d'habitation du Québec and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation share the cost of home adaptations for low-income disabled individuals.