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Reimbursed Expenses

You could obtain financial assistance to reimburse a portion of the expenses occasioned by:

Implementation of temporary preventive measures

If you protected your belongings by implementing temporary and urgent preventive measures  (9,94 Ko), you may be eligible for financial assistance. This assistance can be as much as $3,000 for expenditures on materials and labour related to these measures.

Evacuation of your Principal Residence

If the responsible authorities asked you to evacuate your principal residence because it is uninhabitable because of an actual or imminent disaster or to perform work related to the disaster, you may be eligible for the following assistance (effective from the fourth day of evacuation):

  • $20 per day for the extra housing and food expenses for each resident evacuated;
  • a maximum of $50 per person for clothing (if it was impossible for you to take clothing with you during the evacuation). In the cold season, you are entitled to a maximum of $150 per person for winter clothing.
Example of financial assistance granted to a family of four persons evacuated for 30 days (excluding clothing expenses)

Number of residents evacuated

Number of eligible days

Amount
per day

Total amount granted

4 residents evacuated

27 days*

$20

$2,160

Total

$2,160

*Since the financial assistance is granted effective from the fourth day of evacuation, the first three days are not eligible. After subtracting these first three days, 27 eligible days remain.

Moving Costs or Storage of your Personal Property

Financial assistance may be granted to an individual whose personal property of his principal residence had to be moved or stored due to a disaster. This assistance can reach $ 1,000 for expenses incurred.

Repair or Replacement of Essential Belongings

For your furniture and other movable goods

If essential movable goods of your principal residence were damaged by an eligible disaster, you can obtain financial assistance to repair or replace them. However, the total damage suffered must be valued at over $100.

Consult the list of eligible essential movables to know the maximum granted for each  (18,12 Ko).

For your principal residence and its access road

If your principal residence and its access road are affected by an eligible disaster, you may be entitled to financial assistance to cover the costs related to:

  • emergency work that must be carried out immediately to ensure the health and safety of residents and to prepare your principal residence (e.g., water removal, cleaning, etc.);
  • temporary work required to make your residence livable until permanent work can be carried out (e.g., covering openings);
  • damage caused to components of your principal residence (e.g., foundations, windows, insulation, electrical circuitry, plumbing, floor coverings, etc.) in the following essential rooms: living room, kitchen, bathroom, laundry room and bedrooms permanently occupied by family members;
  • the repairs to the access road essential to your principal residence, so as to allow minimal and safe access to that residence.

For more information, consult the list of eligible components and emergency work  (12,30 Ko).

The amount of financial assistance you are eligible for corresponds to:

  • 80% of eligible damage for your principal residence and its essential access road, up to the replacement cost of the damage to the residence, without exceeding $150,000 (the $150,000 limit is indexed every year on March 1 based on increases in the average overall consumer price index in Québec for the previous calendar year). As of March 1, 2014, the maximum amount is $156,381.
  • 100% of the cost of emergency work or temporary work in excess of $500.

Financial assistance used to eliminate or reduce risk of loss

In some cases and on certain conditions, you may use the financial assistance granted for damage to your principal residence and its essential access road and for emergency and temporary work for the purposes of a departure allowance or for immunization or moving of your residence.

For more information, consult the list of eligible work and expenses when moving a principal residence  (10,04 Ko).

In such instances, financial assistance will be equal to 100% of damages without exceeding the limits provided for by the program. Additional financial assistance will be granted for:

  • fees relating to professional services that were required for the owner to make the decision;
  • costs relating to the disposal and burial of debris as well as backfilling costs in the case of moving of residence or departure allowance, up to $25,000; and
  • costs relating to temporary and emergency work, which are not limited by the replacement cost of the principal residence or the maximum amount set out.

For more information on exclusions to the General Financial Assistance Program, consult the other exclusions  (10,34 Ko).

For information on how to request financial assistance, consult the steps for requesting financial assistance.

Imminent danger of submersion, erosion or ground movement

Imminent danger is a situation whereby potential ground movement is deemed to be a very significant threat to the safety of individuals or property and calls for immediate action.

Ministère de la Sécurité Publique will most likely have to conduct an investigation. Assuming the investigation were to conclude that there is a threat, you may be eligible for one of the three following forms of financial assistance:

  1. If your principal residence must be moved, you may receive financial assistance equivalent to your expenses without exceeding the replacement cost of the residence, the municipal standard valuation of the property, or $156,381. To know more, consult the list of eligible work and expenses when moving a principal residence  (9,44 Ko).
  2. If slope or ground stabilization work is required, you may receive financial assistance equivalent to your eligible expenses without exceeding the replacement cost of the residence, the municipal standard valuation of the property, or $156,381.
  3. If it is impossible to move your principal residence or stabilize the ground, or if such work is expected to cost more than the financial assistance you could get, you may receive a departure allowance that could be equivalent to the replacement cost of the residence and the municipal standard valuation of the property, without exceeding $156,381.
  4. The maximum amount of $156,381 is indexed every year on March 1. The limit goes up based on increases in the average overall consumer price index in Québec for the previous calendar year.

However, additional financial assistance is also granted for:

  1. fees relating to professional services that were required for the owner to make the decision;
  2. costs relating to the disposal and burial of debris such as foundations, up to $25,000; and
  3. costs relating to temporary and emergency work.

To find out how to apply for financial assistance, see the steps to apply for financial assistance.