Our office questioned the merits of certain criteria used by the Direction de l’habitation for denying grants under the Rénovation à la carte program.

Our investigation confirmed that some of the criteria imposed were not provided for or authorized by any regulation. Although they may be reasonable, these requirements could not, therefore, legally justify the refusal of a grant. We informed the director accordingly.

The Direction de l’habitation undertook to review all of its programs for renovation subsidies in 2014, and to take measures to ensure their conformity to the applicable laws and By-laws. In the meantime, it also undertook not to deny any application for a renovation subsidy based on criteria which are not legally provided for or authorized.

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