• John Jantak

Saint-Lazare offers subsidies for homes with cracked foundations


Cracking foundations, the result of settling due to soil instability, can be addressed by reinforcing the existing foundation with one or more piles, a deep-reaching cylinder to transmit loads to a lower level of subsoil.

Saint-Lazare homeowners who have experienced cracks in their houses’ foundations can apply to the town for a request for financial assistance to help defray the cost of the work required to repair the problem. Municipal council adopted By-law 1092 at its regular monthly session on September 8 with the aim of implementing the Rénovation Québec program for homes with cracked foundations for 2020-2021.

All requests for financial assistance filed under this by-law must be submitted to the offices of the town’s Urban Planning Department, located at 1960 Chemin Sainte-Angélique before Monday, March 15, 2021.

Continuation of program

For Mayor Robert Grimaudo, the city’s financial assistance is the continuation of the program it established about four years ago to help homeowners deal with the structural foundation issues. “We basically ask for a renewal every year,” Grimaudo told The Journal.

“It was a huge thing about three or four years ago when we used to get a large sum of money. Now we don’t need that much because a lot of people have already used their subsidies and repaired their foundations. It’s something that’s become an annual routine. We’re very happy that we’re still able to apply this subsidy to help those who need the financial aid to repair their foundations,” said Grimaudo.

Councillor Brian Trainor encourages homeowners with cracked foundations to apply for the subsidies. “It’s a great program to help those who have been impacted by the problem,” he said.

“If anyone finds themselves in that situation and they go to sell their home, it’s something that will have to be declared and obviously it’s going to impact the value of your home. Since the program is available and the city matches the cost, it’s a way to help,” Trainor added.

Application process

All homeowners who wish to submit a request for financial assistance as part of this program should immediately obtain information on the steps required in order to renovate a building whose foundations has cracked as a result of settling due to soil instability.

The process includes a visit from a member of the town’s Urban Planning Department, who will confirm the presence of at least one crack in the foundation, a report from an engineer attesting to the need for at least one pile (a deep-reaching cylinder to transmit loads to a lower level of subsoil), obtaining work estimates as well as two detailed quotations produced by specialized entrepreneurs who hold a valid licence with the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in this particular area of specialty.


A mound of metal pilings that will be used to stabilize a cracked foundation.

The homeowner is responsible for all costs incurred for this process. Certain costs may be eligible for a homeowner whose request for assistance has been duly validated and authorized for which an eligibility certificate has been issued, as long as funds provided for in the budget for this financial assistance program are available.

The full text of By-law 1092 is available on the town’s website at ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/reglements. For more information, homeowners are invited to provide their contact information (first and last name, address and phone number) by email to the town’s Urban Planning Department at urbanisme@ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca or by phoning 450-424-8000, extension 241.

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