The residential adaptation assistance program (RAAP), financed by the Gouvernement du Québec, is designed to help people with disabilities to pay the cost of work needed to adapt their homes and make them accessible.
Within city limits, the eligibility of the applicant is determined by the Société d'habitation du Québec (SHQ) and the program is implemented by the city.
Who qualifies for financial assistance?
All people with disabilities whose limitations affect their daily activities are eligible for financial assistance, provided:
they submit an occupational therapist's report stating that their impairment is significant and persistent and requires an alteration to their home.
they are not eligible for residential adaptation assistance under the insurance plans offered by the Société d'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) or the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CSST).
What type of work is admissible?
Work is admissible if its purpose to change or adapt the disabled person's dwelling so that he or she is able to enter, leave and have independent access to the rooms and utilities required for everyday living. It must offer simple and economic solutions, and be carried out by a contractor licensed by the Régie du bâtiment du Québec.
Examples include the installation of an outside access ramp, rearrangement of bathroom, widening of door frames, and so on.
Which buildings are eligible?
Any building that houses a disabled person is eligible for the Program, regardless of whether it is a single family house, an apartment building, a rooming house, a mobile home or a seniors' residence housing nine people or less and certified by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux.
What does the financial assistance consist of?
Financial assistance is provided in the form of a subsidy of up to $16,000 per eligible person. In certain specific cases, the SHQ may pay additional financial assistance of up to $7,000.
In cases requiring specialized equipment, additional assistance not exceeding $10,000 may also be paid, based on certain criteria identified by the SHQ.
Application for financial assistance
Since the work becomes an integral part of the building, the application must be made by the landlord.
The application process is as follows:
1. INITIAL APPLICATION
Applicant must first call its SCCC (CLSC) or the city at 514-872-4630 to check their eligibility for financial assistance. If eligible, the applicant must then obtain a "Program Application Form" at a SCCC (CLSC) or the SHQ.
The applicant should then send the completed form signed by the landlord of the eligible building to the SHQ for examination and entry on the waiting list, where applicable.
2. CREATING THE FILE
When it is the time to process the application, the SHQ sends written notification to the health institution responsible for producing the occupational therapist's report, and to the city. The city then puts together a file of the eligible work, based on the occupational therapist's report, and establishes the amount of financial assistance required.
3. APPROVING THE FILE AND EXECUTION OF THE WORK
Once the file is complete, the city approves it and authorizes the applicant to begin the work. The work must be completed within 12 months from the approval date of the financial assistance.
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.
4. PAYMENT OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
The financial assistance is paid in full to the homeowner when the work has been completed and the city has checked to ensure that it has been carried out as agreed.
To find out more about the specific application of this program in Montréal, please contact the city at:
For general information, visit the web site www.shq.gouv.qc.ca or contact the Société d'habitation du Québec at 1-800-463-4315 (toll-free); e-mail: [email protected]. or visit the Services Québec office in your area.