Special Program RAAP
The Residential Adaptation Assistance Program was created to help people with disabilities modify their homes in order to perform everyday activities. The program offers financial assistance to homeowners by covering admissible work carried out to meet the needs of a disabled person, providing accessibility and the prospect of living at home for longer.
Who is eligible for assistance?
All people with disabilities whose limitations affect their everyday activities could be eligible for assistance, provided:
- They submit a report from an occupational therapist, demonstrating that their impairment is significant and persistent, and that the disability requires alterations to their home.
- They are not eligible for residential adaptation assistance under the insurance plans offered by the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) or the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CSST).
Other conditions may apply.
Available financial assistance
Financial assistance may be as much as $16,000 per eligible person. In certain specific cases determined by the Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ), an additional amount of up to $7,000 may be paid.
In cases where specialized equipment is required, additional assistance not exceeding $10,000 may also be paid, based on criteria determined by the SHQ.
What type of work is admissible?
Work is admissible if its purpose is to alter or adapt a disabled person’s dwelling so that he or she is able to enter, leave and have independent access to the rooms and everyday utilities. It must offer simple and economic solutions, and be carried out by a contractor who has an appropriate license from the Régie du bâtiment du Québec.
A few examples of admissible work include the installation of an outside access ramp, remodeling a bathroom, and widening door frames.
The application process
The SHQ has delegated the management of the Program to Québec’s municipal governments. The health and social services network (CLSC) is also involved in the production of occupational therapists’ reports.
Please note that if you do not own your home, your landlord must give permission, since the work will become an integral part of the building.
The application process is as follows:
1. Initial application
Applicants can obtain a copy of the application form from either their local CLSC or the SHQ.
Once completed, the form should be sent to the SHQ, along with the necessary supporting documents.
If the applicant does not own his/her home, then he/she must send the competed form signed by the landlord to the SHQ.
2. Creating the file
The SHQ forwards the application to both the municipality and the health institution responsible for producing the occupational therapist’s report. The municipality 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
Once the file is complete, the municipality issues an approval and authorizes the applicant to begin the work. Authorization takes the form of a certificate of eligibility.
NB: 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. Execution of the work
The homeowner can begin work upon receipt of the certificate of eligibility. The work must be completed within 12 months from the date on which the certificate is issued.
5. Payment of financial assistance
The financial assistance is paid in full to the homeowner once the work has been completed and the municipality has checked to ensure that it has been carried out as agreed.
For further information :
To find out more about this program in Hampstead, please contact Town Hall at 514 369-8200 ext. 6438 or your local CLSC.