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Access to buildings by persons with disabilities

The Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ), together with the Office des personnes handicapées du Québec (OPHQ), works on improving access to buildings by persons with disabilities through amendments to the regulation in force.

The RBQ is responsible for verifying that the requirements for barrier-free design are met in new construction or during alterations, in accordance with the Building Act.

Accessible buildings

All buildings subjected to the Construction Code must comply with the requirements of barrier-free design found in the Code, with some exceptions, such as houses and small residential occupancies. 

Condo hotels: barrier-free design

You can consult the construction or alteration standards for condo hotels in view of access to buildings by persons with disabilities on the page Condo hotels–barrier-free design [Fr] of the RBQ’s website.

The requirements regarding the accessibility for the construction a hotel-type building are provided in section 3.8, Barrier-free design, of the National Building Code.

Standards implementation guide

The guide Barrier-free design [Fr] – PDF (7.9 MB) provides comments, examples and technical illustrations to help understand the requirements of section 3.8, Barrier-free design, of the National Building Code, 2005, amended for the province of Québec.

Please note that the guide was not updated when the 2010 edition of the National Building Code (amended-Québec) came into force. However, the amendments introduced in the last edition of the Code were minor and only concern the new Division 3 of Group B, Care Occupancies.

Tax deduction for renovations or alterations to buildings

There is a tax deduction for renovations or alterations to buildings done to broaden access to rental buildings by persons with disabilities. The work must meet barrier-free design standards.

Visit the Revenu QuébecThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window. for information on the subject.

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