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Since January 1, 2015, any company wishing to build or sell new residential buildings covered by the Guarantee Plan for New Residential Buildings must be accredited by the “Garantie de construction résidentielle” (GCR – Residential Construction Guarantee).
This plan ensures your compliance with certain legal and contractual obligations. As a result, your client will benefit from protections and compensation.
To register for the Guarantee Plan, you are required to hold a subclass 1.1.1 or 1.1.2 licence and be accredited by the administrator of the GCR guarantee.
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Abritat and Qualité Habitation accreditations have been invalid since January 1, 2015. However, the subclass 1.1.1 or 1.1.2 licence, or both, are required to complete projects registered with Abritat and Qualité Habitation, even after January 1, 2015.
Transitional measures are included in the Regulation. Furthermore, the date on which the preliminary contract was signed and the date work started will determine the administrator with which the building is registered and which guarantee (old or new) applies.
Building registered with Abritat or Qualité Habitation
|Signature of the preliminary contract||Start of the work||Administrator||Coverage|
|2014 or before||2014 or before||Building registered with Abritat or Qualité Habitation||2015 Regulation applies, except for articles 6, 7, and 18.|
|2014 or before||2015||Building registered with Abritat or Qualité Habitation||2015 Regulation applies, except for articles 6, 7, and 18.|
|2015 Regulation applies, except for articles 6, 7, and 18||2015||2014 or before||2015 Regulation applies, except for articles 6, 7, and 18.|
|2015||2015||Building registered with Garantie de construction résidentielle (GCR)||2015 Regulation applies in its entirety.|
Transitional and final measures do not take into account, as a condition, the date on which the permit was issued. For example, in the case where the signature of the preliminary contract and the start of work were in 2015, the building must be registered with the GCR, even if the permit was issued in 2014.
With the implementation of the new regulation, some companies have had their licence cancelled or subclasses 1.1.1 or 1.1.2 withdrawn.
Companies wishing to have these privileges restored must, in addition to obtaining GCR accreditation, regularize their situation with the RBQ.
These companies no longer hold a licence, since they previously only held a subclass 1.1.1 or 1.1.2 licence.
They must therefore apply for a new licence from the RBQ.
For additional information and to obtain the required form, go to the All the steps for obtaining a licence page.
These companies held other general contractor or specialized subclasses. Following the withdrawal of subclass 1.1.1 or 1.1.2, they were issued a modified licence.
An application for modification must be made to the RBQ.
For additional information and obtain the required form, go to the Adding a class or a subclass page.