Residential adaptation program for persons with disabilities
At some points in our lives our physical needs may change, sometimes abruptly, making it more difficult for us to enter, leave or even move around in our own home. It’s therefore important to ensure your quality of life is realized to it’s full potential by making the necessary changes to your home to improve your accessibility. A home adaptation project is often the best solution.
Adapt to a change in mobility with Residential Adaptation Assistance
Having reduced mobility shouldn’t prevent you from moving well in and around your own home. Under your roof, retaining as much independence as possible in accessing all your required resources is of paramount importance in ensuring your quality of life is maintained. Thanks to the Government of Quebec’s Home Adaptation Program, the burden of costs associated with these changes can be significantly alleviated. There are several rooms in your house that may need to be adapted to your needs. Your bathroom can be remodelled with easier access to the bath and shower, the kitchen can be refitted to give you easier access to cabinets, etc. There is an incredibly broad range of possibilities when striving to attain ultimate comfortability in your home.
«Eligible works are those that allow the disabled person’s home to be modified and adapted so that they can enter, leave and have independent access to rooms essential to their daily life. This work must be simple and economical and must be carried out by a contractor who has the appropriate license from the Régie du bâtiment du Québec.»
Can I have access to a provincial program to finance my project?
Unfortunately, Ontario doesn’t currently offer a provincial assistance program like the province of Quebec. On this page, we will help guide you through the necessary steps to take advantage of Quebec’s Home Adaptation Program. If you are in Ontario, we invite you to fill out our contact form to the right or give us a call to speak with an advisor who can provide details on how to approach your project the best way possible. Similarly, if you are in Quebec and ready to commence the initial stages of your project, give us a call or fill out the contact form for help getting started on the right foot.
How to Register for the Residential Adaptation Assistance program
Once you know your needs for a home adaptation project, it is important to follow a specific set of steps imposed by the government:
- If you are a tenant, ask your landlord for permission to do the work.
- Obtain the registration form from the Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ) or in a Local Community Service Centre (CLSC).
- Complete the form and have the relevant part completed by the owner if you are a tenant.
- Attach the required documents.
- Send the completed paperwork to the Société d’habitation du Québec.
Your application for the Home Adaptation Program will then be processed via the following means:
- The SHQ will send your application to your healthcare facility, who will prepare an OT (Occupational Therapist) report, and send it to the municipality where your home is located.
- A representative of your Municipality will come to visit the home to recommend the various jobs to be carried out and who will be eligible, while taking into account the recommendations of the occupational therapist.
- The owner must obtain one or more bids from contractors as requested by the representative.
- The bids will need to be submitted to your municipality for assessment.
- The Municipality will issue you a certificate of eligibility that will indicate the maximum amount of financial assistance granted.
- The owner can start work only once he has received the certificate of eligibility.
- Once all the work has been completed, a representative of your Municipality will come to inspect the end result and if all is above-board, they will be able to pay you the approved amount of financial assistance.
Any building used as a home for the handicapped person is eligible for the program, whether it’s a detached house, rental building, rooming house or a mobile home. This program is offered 12 months a year and has no expiry date. However, in order to receive the financial assistance requested, the work performed by the contractor must be completed within a 12-month period following the date of issue of your eligibility certificate. The processing time will vary from one region to another, so it can be difficult to predict for each of them. It will be your responsibility to obtain this information from your Municipality.
The additional documents required for your application will include:
- Proof of occupancy or proof of future occupancy of the residence, either as the owner or a tenant.
- If the person receives housing via a family-type resource, intermediate resource or senior’s residence certified by the Ministry of Health and Social Services, you will need to provide an attestation of the type of housing and the number of tenants places available in it (must be less than 9).
What is the grant amount for a Home Adaptation Program?
Financial assistance, which is paid as a grant, can be up to $16,000 for a CSA project. In some specific cases that require additional attention, an additional $7,000 may be awarded. In addition, in a case where specialized equipment must be purchased, an additional $10,000 could be awarded according to a number of criteria defined by the SHQ.
Who can have access to the program?
- Any person limited in the performance of their daily duties, due to a disability. This condition must be corroborated by the appropriate health professionals, such as an occupational therapist. These persons must be able to demonstrate that the the disability prevents the applicant from functioning properly in their own home and that modifications must be made.
- Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
- A person who is not already eligible for financial assistance from the SAAQ or CNESST in the area of home adaptation. You cannot utilize more than one program grant for this purpose.
Important advice for your home adaptation work
Are you a homeowner dealing with new accessibility challenges which require adaptation work to your home? We can help you identify the solutions that best suits your needs, Whether you require the installation of a wheelchair lift, elevator, stair lift or other upgrades to parts of your home, your Reno-Assistance advisor can help you assess your requirements and refer the right contractors specializing in home adaptation to carry out the desired work.
Home adaptation: A solution for greater autonomy at home!
Moving in a wheelchair or using a walker inside your house requires a rethinking of space and layout in order to gain accessibility, autonomy and comfort. For example, redesigning the kitchen, refurbishing the bathroom, expanding door frames and rethinking access to the home are just some home adaptation interventions that make life easier for people with functional limitations and promote greater independence. Thus allowing them to maintain a similar quality of life for their day to day.
What a home adaptation contractor will do for you.
Before getting started, a home adaptation project requires an assessment of your living environment (home) and a good understanding of your situation and needs. Professionals in home adaptation (architects and specialized contractors) will be referred to you through our services. They will make every effort to adapt your home effectively by identifying the necessary work to be carried out and the equipment you or your loved one will need to ensure autonomy, security, and peace of mind. We guarantee technically and architecturally well-integrated solutions that will address the most important aspects of your accessibility and comfort at home. In general, a home adaptation project may consist of:
- Installation of access ramps and/or grab bars
- Installation of an elevator (There are three main types: vertical platform elevator, platform stair lift and chair stair lift)
- Adaptation of you bathroom, kitchen, laundry room or any other part of the house
Reno-Assistance can help you in your home adaptation project, it’s free!
How can Reno-Assistance help you? Your own Reno-Assistance renovation advisor has the necessary experience and can provide you with valuable assistance in selecting the architect (if necessary) and contractor who are best suited to carry out the work to adapt your home. We have identified and selected highly-qualified professionals who have presented excellent track records in the field of home adaptation. From simple advice to obtaining a number of qualified and 360° Verified Contractor quotations, your Reno-Assistance advisor is here to help you no matter what your home adaptation project is. We will guide you through all the steps of your project, which can sometimes be much more complicated than it seems. Call us now!
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