Grants for old building renovations

Peinture Corniches Montréal
Most homeowners don’t know it, but there is a government program for preserving the heritage which allows you to receive a grant for the renovation of your building, if such building has a cultural heritage.Indeed, the Quebec Cultural Heritage Fund applies to old buildings which are located in Montreal and to those located in some others Quebec areas. This is an initiative from the provincial ministry of culture and communications who took action in order to protect the cultural heritage of the province of Quebec.In Montreal, 30% of the cost of the work is eligible, up to a maximum of $25,000. Plus, the building must answer to these conditions:

  • Have a heritage value
  • Have been built before 1975
  • The estimated cost of the renovations must be superior to $5,000
  • Eligible fees are only on renovation tasks touching the external envelope, doors, windows, cornices, the reconstruction of damaged elements with source materials (antique doors, cornice carved in wood, etc.)

man painting old building

In Québec city, the homeowners who wish to ask for this grant must have a building that has been built before 1955.

Grants are also available in other areas of the province of Quebec. Call the permit office of your district or your city office for more information. Depending on where you live, you could possibly get a grant covering up to 40% of the cost of your renovations, up to $40,000 per year.

Your request must be filed before the beginning of the renovations and after getting your renovation license. Ask for it now. It’s worth it!

Some municipalities also offer a tax credit to homeowners who make major renovations on their building.

At FinDecor’s, we are often called upon to restore antiques doors and wooden cornices with a great esthetic value. We also had the chance to restore churches and cathedrals, including bell towers made of stones, stucco façades (stucco mix was always artisanal and we had to do it the same way to match the old façade), and paint of part of an interior church dome. We also perform dyeing of masonry so the new bricks will match the color of the old ones. Be certain that FinDecor professional painters always take time to listen to you and suggest you solutions adapted to your needs.

To make an appointment with a construction painter for a free quote, contact us.


Dave Beaupre