Cash for foundation repairs

Damage must be caused by soil conditions and not building defects

Laval homeowners with foundation damage as a result of soil affected by flooding are getting some help from the city and the Société d’habitation du Québec.

A $1 million envelope for SHQ’s Rénovation Québec – Maisons lézardées program helps owners of residential buildings whose foundations are damaged by cracks due to soil subsidence.

Repairs to building foundations with cracks or fissures, are usually expensive, large-scale repairs. The amount of each grant awarded will represent two-thirds of the total cost of the repair work, up to a maximum of $35,000 per residence.

The causes of the collapse of the foundation must be related to the condition of the ground and not to a defect in construction, and there are other criteria: own a residence of one to eight units and remain so until financial assistance is paid (for all owners); have done work no later than one year before coming into force of the bylaw (January 17, 2022) or plan to do the work following the acceptance of the application for financial assistance and the issuance of the building-improvement permit; disbursed or anticipated expenses of at least $5,000 for the work; install or plan to install at least one pile; have applied for a building-improvement permit.

Homeowners must submit an application for financial assistance accompanied by all the required documents by March 18, 2022. For information (in French) visit

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