It is great to see initiative taken on by our government to aid its citizens by providing a grant that would individuals with accessibility requirements to adapt their living space to meet their personal needs. As such, the government of Quebec, Canada offers funding for those who wish to embark on the path of accessibility for those who need it.
Now, whether you require universal accessibility yourself, or if you own a building where these adjustments would help your visitors or tenants, you can receive this financial assistance to undertake the necessary renovations and make the improvements required, under the Programme d’adaption de domicile (Home Adaptation Program).
This specific program offers the chance for people to accomplish their daily activities in their own home and ensures they does not have to move to another location.
This specific program is destined for citizens who would typically be limited in their daily activities inside their home. This is actually a financial subsidy that is given to the owner of the home in order to make the renovations to adapt to the person’s personal needs. The renovations must follow certain guidelines in order to make the solutions as simple as possible and keep them economical.
This can include, but is not limited to: installing a ramp outdoors, modifying the bathroom, and making the doorframes larger.
This program is managed by the Société d’habitation du Québec (Quebec Home Society), and they trust the application of the program to municipalities and regional municipalities, who act as partners.
This sort of work at least can be accomplished even if the owner of the property in question cannot afford them (which is possible). New buildings should already include the necessary standards in order to be universally accessible to whomever would like live on that property. That being said, there are still some who do not understand this, and this is what such funding is for.
Let’s hope that the future of handicapped people across Quebec will only be better because of this.
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