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In Québec, anyone who carries out construction work or has construction work done must be licensed by the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ), unless exempted by law.
You must have a licence if you are:
According to article 7 of the Building Act, a person who, for another person, carries out or has carried out construction work for profit is considered to be a contractor.
It is important to know that the interpretation given to the words “for profit” is not limited to its strict accounting meaning. It also means “for his benefit”, “for the benefit of”.
Therefore, a person who carries out or has carried out construction work on behalf of another person is considered to be a contractor and must hold a licence when the work in question profits him or provides a (direct or indirect) benefit. Here are some examples:
Any person who carries out work without a licence at any time is guilty of an infraction and therefore liable to a severe fine. Major fines can also be imposed if a licence-holder and their subcontractors do not hold the proper licence subclasses.
Fine amounts vary depending on the type of infraction. To know the amount of the fines for each type of infraction, go to Holding the correct licence.
Anyone who witnesses construction work being performed by someone who does not hold the appropriate licence can report this to the RBQ using the online form Filing a complaint relating to unlicensed work.
Licence: If you wish to obtain a licence, go to All the steps for obtaining a licence.
Workforce competency certificate or card:The qualifications and skills of the workforce is under the Commission de la construction du Québec’s (CCQ) jurisdiction, not the RBQ’s. For more information, consult the: