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Financial aid for Saint-Lazare homes with cracked foundations

By John Jantak



THE JOURNAL FILE PHOTO/JOHN JANTAK

Homeowners who wish to submit a request for financial assistance are asked to immediately obtain information on the steps to be taken in order to renovate a building whose foundation has cracked due to soil instability.


Homeowners in Saint-Lazare whose houses have cracked foundations will be able to request financial assistance from the city after the municipal council adopted By-law 1109 at its monthly meeting on July 13 aimed at implementing the Rénovation Québec program that will help to defray to cost of the work involved.

“We’re basically renewing the subsidy program that we renew every year for people who wish to repair their foundations – particularly in areas where there is a lot of clay” said Mayor Robert Grimaudo. “The clay moves and so do their homes. It’s the exact same program we’ve been redoing every year.”

All requests for financial assistance filed under this by-law must be submitted to the offices of the city’s Urban Planning Department, located at 196 Chemin Sainte-Angélique before Tuesday, March 15, 2022.

Application process

Homeowners who wish to submit a request for financial assistance as part of the program are asked to immediately obtain information on the steps to be taken in order to renovate a building whose foundation has cracked due to soil instability.

This process most notably includes a visit from a member of the Urban Planning Department who will confirm the presence of at least one crack in the foundation, a report from an engineer attesting the need for installing at least one pile, obtaining work estimates as well as two detailed quotations produced by specialized entrepreneurs who hold a valid license with the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in this particular specialty.

It’s important to note that 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 and for which an eligibility certificate has been issued, as long as funds provided for in the budget for this financial assistance program are available. Work that has already been completed is not eligible for funding.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to continue renewing this program for as long as our citizens require it,” said Grimaudo.

Eligibility requirements

- The building targeted by the request must be the property of a natural person;

- The main building must be used for residential purposes and comply with municipal by-laws;

- The engineer’s written report must attest that the foundation’s settling is the result of soil conditions and confirm that at least one pile needs to be installed;

- The cost of the work to be done, confirmed by two detailed quotations produced by entrepreneurs specialized in this area of expertise, must be at least $10,000 (taxes included);

- The homeowners shall cover 1/3 of the total cost of the project while the municipality shall cover 1/3 and the Government of Quebec shall cover the remain 1/3, subject to the clarifications provided below;

- A maximum of $20,000 in financial assistance shall be granted (representing the amount of $10,000 granted by the City and $10,000 granted by the Government of Quebec;

- The financial assistance shall be paid out once repair work on complete if, and only if, all of the conditions were respected;

- The funds are limited;

- Should the number of requests outweigh the funds available; funds will be granted to eligible applicants on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

More information is available at urbanisme@ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca or by phoning 450-424‑8000, extension 241.