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July 14, 2014 – deadline for accepting new applications

Please note that as of July 14, 2014 at 4:30 p.m., no new applications for financial assistance will be accepted. This decision was made necessary in response to the Quebec government’s withdrawal of funding for the Société d’habitation du Québec’s Renovation Québec program, following the recent provincial budget exercise.

Individuals who applied for financial assistance prior to this date will receive a letter by the end of summer informing them of the manner in which their application will be processed.


Accessible financial assistance

Your property is showing signs of aging? Maybe it’s time to consider renovating, restoring or even replacing some exterior or interior components of your building. The Ville de Montréal can give you a hand and help you protect the value of your asset.

Enhance your living environment

With the help of our program, give your property a beauty treatment. For instance, you could:

  • Renovate the cladding of a façade, the balconies, the kitchen, the bathroom, landscape your backyard, etc.
  • Install backwater valves; for more information on this topic, visit our Water treatment section.
Special terms and conditions apply to the following property types:

  • Rooming houses
  • Buildings owned by non-profit organizations
  • Housing cooperatives

A helping hand

The program grants you a fixed amount according to the type of renovation you want to carry out. Note that there is a minimum amount of work required to be eligible for financial assistance.

Additional aid from Hydro-Québec may be available to help you improve your building’s energy efficiency. You will receive additional information on this topic when your file is being reviewed.

Major renovations in mind?

Your property needs a top-to-bottom renovation or some major components (structure, foundations, electricity, plumbing, etc.) need upgrading in order to comply with applicable codes and by-laws? Check out our Major residential renovation program.

What are the objectives of this program?

The program’s objectives include preventing the decay of residential rental buildings and encouraging their modernization through selective renovation work, in particular in the more deteriorated areas of Montréal. In addition, the program is aimed at helping families settle in Montréal, at promoting the use of energy-efficient products and materials and at fighting insalubrity.

Who is eligible for financial assistance?

Any individual or legal entity with a right of ownership over a building that meets the following requirements is eligible (provided all other program conditions are met):

  • The building was constructed or converted into a residential or mixed-use building (a building that is both residential and commercial) at least 20 years ago.
  • The average property value per dwelling (land and building) does not exceed the maximum amounts listed in the chart "Building Eligibility" below.

Building Eligibility

Building Maximum property value per unit (land and building) Territory
Designated sectors Outside designated sectors
Residential building with 1 dwelling unit 1 $350 000 Yes No
Residential building with 2 dwelling units 1 $207 000
Residential building with 3 dwelling units 1 $159 000
Residential building with 4 dwelling units 1 $136 000
Residential building with 5 dwelling units 1 $122 000
Residential building with 6 to 8 dwelling units $97 000
Residential building with 9 dwelling units or more 2 $92 000
Mixed-use building with 1 to 8 dwelling units $97 000
Mixed-use building with 9 dwelling units or more 2 $92 000
Apartment building with 12 dwelling units or more $69 000 Yes
Building that is part of a real-estate complex $73 000

1 For this type of building, basement dwellings are not considered in the calculation of the number of units or average property value per dwelling.

2 Excluding apartment buildings and buildings that are part of a real-estate complex. An apartment building is a building constructed between 1950 and 1980, with four residential levels or less, a common entrance and no elevator. An apartment building can also have a commercial use in addition to its residential use. A real-estate complex is a group of apartment buildings that are part of the same unit of assessment on the property assessment roll and includes at least 90 dwelling units.

Families with at least one child under 18 who are resident landlords of a building with one, two or three above-ground dwellings are eligible for financial assistance regardless of the value of their property, if it is located in specific sectors designated by the program.

In addition, families who were granted financial assistance under the Ville de Montréal Home Ownership program for an existing building with one, two or three above-ground dwellings are eligible for financial assistance regardless of the value of their property or its location on the territory, if they apply within five years of its purchase.

In all cases, the building must meet all other program requirements.

What types of work are eligible?

  • Repair, restoration or replacement work on exterior and interior components in the following categories is eligible: cladding; crown; doors and windows; balconies, staircases and railings; roof; bathroom; kitchen; electrical panel; heating system; basement and landscaping of the backyard. The first table in the section “Assistance” provides a few examples of eligible work with the amount granted for each.
  • The targeted components must be completely renovated or replaced unless they include elements which do not warrant repair. For instance, work on the windows and doors of the façades should result in the replacement of all windows and doors on that façade. Likewise, a bathroom renovation should result in a full update, including the replacement of wall and floor coverings and plumbing fixtures.
  • The program encourages owners to restore components with heritage value instead of replacing them.
  • For the non-residential section of mixed-use buildings, only work on external components is eligible.
  • The owner cannot receive financial assistance from other sources for the same work unless it is to improve the building’s energy efficiency or to replace a heating system.

What territory does the program cover?

In the designated sectors, all residential and mixed-use buildings are eligible.

To know if a building is situated in a designated sector, consult the scrolling list or contact the Direction de l'habitation of Ville de Montréal at 514-872-4630.

Outside the designated sectors, the following are eligible:

  • Apartment building with 12 dwelling units or more
  • Building that is part of a real-estate complex

What is the amount of financial assistance?

Owners are granted a lump sum that varies with the nature of the work. Related project expenses are also considered in the calculation of the amount. Here are a few examples of amounts granted for various types of work: (This is only a partial list; other types of work are also covered under this program.)

Exterior components Work and amount
Cladding To repair or restore a brick cladding: $125/m2
To rejoint the cladding: $45/m2
Doors and windows To replace or restore a main door: $400 or $600, depending on the type of door
To replace or restore a window: $320 or $400, depending on the type of window
Balconies, staircases and railings To repair a staircase: $60 or $100/step, depending on the type of staircase
To replace the floor of an existing balcony: $130/m2
To repair or restore a railing: $50 or $75/linear m, depending on the type of railing
Roof To replace the membrane with white gravel: $45/m2
To replace the membrane with a reflective elastomeric membrane: $60/m2
Composantes intérieures Travaux et montant
Bathroom To fully renovate, including replacing plumbing fixtures: $2,400
Kitchen To fully renovate, including replacing cupboards, counters, sink and hood: $550/linear m of cupboards
Maximum : $3,300
To partially renovate, including replacing cupboards doors, counters, sink and hood: $275/linear m of cupboards
Maximum $1,650
Electrical panel To replace the electrical panel in a dwelling or a common area: $300
Heating To replace a heating device connected to a distribution system: $1,600 and more, according to the floor area to be heated
To install in a dwelling a complete electrical heating system with individual heaters: $110/heater
Basement To build a habitable room: $100/m2 of floor space.
To build a full bathroom: $2,000
Outdoor landscaping Travaux et montant

To replace asphalt surfacing with a vegetation cover : $16/m2
To build a fence with a height of at least 1,200 millimetres: $40/linear m
Demolition of an accessory building with a minimum floor area of 14 m2 : $2,100 - $3,300 depending on the number of storeys

To be eligible, renovation projects must attain a minimum threshold of financial assistance on average per unit, without exceeding the maximum amounts listed in the table below. It is not necessary to carry out work in all the units, but the average is calculated based on the total number of units. The amount is paid in a single instalment at the end of the project.

Financial Assistance Parameters

Minimum amount of financial assistance required on average Maximum amount of financial assistance available on average Maximum amount of financial assistance available per building 1
Eligible residential building with 1 unit (single-family unit) OR eligible residential building with 2 to 5 units without a resident landlord OR eligible residential building with 6 or more units OR eligible mixed-use building $2,000/unit $6,000/unit The lesser of $150,000 or 50 % of the cost of work
Eligible residential building with 2 to 5 units and a owner/lessor/occupant $3,750/unit $11,250/unit 66 % of the cost of work

1 The cost of work includes labour costs and costs for materials supplied by the contractor.

The program ends when the funds earmarked for it are exhausted.

Are there any specific program requirements?

  • The work must be performed by a contractor duly licensed by the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (a general contractor is required when updating a bathroom or kitchen).
  • The work must be carried out in accordance with the Construction Code and relevant by-laws.
  • The work must be completed within six months of the city's approval.

If the application is accepted, the Ville de Montréal will inform the tenants in writing of the nature and cost of the work to be performed, the amount of financial assistance granted to the owner, and that this amount must be deducted from the cost of work considered when setting rents after the renovations.

N.B. No work should be undertaken before the financial assistance is approved and the required permits are issued, otherwise the financial assistance could be cancelled.

What is the procedure to apply?

The application must be submitted in person at a borough office or at the reception desk of the Direction de l’habitation of the Ville de Montréal, 303, rue Notre-Dame Est, 4th floor, 514-872-4630, with a relevant proof of ownership.

The applicant will be given a receipt confirming that the application was handed in. The applicant must complete section 5 of the project evaluation form at the end of the present document or available on the Web site and return it within 60 days to the address provided on the form, otherwise the application will be cancelled without further notice.

Applicants planning on taking advantage of the special assistance available to families should include a birth or adoption certificate for a child under 18 or a document issued by a doctor stating the expected date of birth. If the child lives in shared custody, a document stating that the applicant has legal custody of the child at least 40% of the time should be provided (court judgment, letter signed by both parents or recent fiscal document from the government of Québec or Canada).

The applicant will be asked to provide other documents later in the process.

How much does it cost to apply?

Non-reimbursable application review fees of $256 plus $46 per unit, up to a maximum of $1,228 (including taxes), are required. A first payment of $256 must be provided at the same time as the completed project estimate form; the balance must be paid before financial assistance is approved.

There are fees of $35 to recover a cheque refused by a financial institution.

This document summarizes the By-law concerning subsidies for minor residential renovation [03-006] and the by-laws that amend it. Other conditions may apply.

This program is funded jointly by the Société d'habitation du Québec (SHQ) and the city as part of the Rénovation Québec program. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) contributes to the assistance provided to low-income households.

Other financial assistance programs are available under Renovation Québec. Details can be found at

The version of the program's terms and conditions found on the web site is the most up-to-date. In case of discrepancy between the version on the web site and another version, whether electronic or printed, the web site version will prevail. In addition, in case of discrepancy between the present document, the web site or the by-law concerning subsidies for minor residential renovation [03-006], the by-law will prevail.

Are you eligible?