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The RBQ and the disabled persons

In the province of Quebec, there are laws and codes to comply with regarding the accessibility of buildings to disabled persons. Standards and strict rules also govern the installation and maintenance of certain pieces of equipment such as lifts.

In 2006, Quebec numbered more than 750,000 disabled persons, that is, 10% of the total population.

These statistics are drawn from the Politique gouvernementale pour accroître la participation sociale des personnes handicapées (June 2009), which you may consult by visiting the website of the Office des personnes handicapées du Québec.


The mission of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ) in this regard is to see to it that the standards of the Construction CodeThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window. are complied with by the designers as well as by any person building, altering or renovating buildings that fall within this code.

The buildings falling within the barrier-free design standards are public use facilities, residential buildings and multifamily buildings held in co-ownership having more than two (2) storeys and eight (8) dwelling units.

However, the majority of historical buildings are not subject to the accessibility standards of the Construction Code, unless these buildings have been renovated or transformed on a large scale.

The Code also lists all the requirements with regard to the installation of lifts for disabled persons, as well as the standards which these lifts must meet in order to be authorized on the Quebec market.

The RBQ also has the mission of ensuring that the Safety CodeThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window. is observed by building owners [Fr]  when disabled persons occupy such buildings.

Barrier-free design standards: a guide for the sake of clarity

To help understand the requirements of the Construction Code, the RBQ has prepared a guide on the barrier-free design standards for use by designers [Fr], contractors and owner-builders [Fr].

Tax deduction for the renovation or conversion of a building

A tax deduction has been set out for renovations or conversions of income properties in view of improving their access by disabled persons. Such work must comply with the standards of barrier-free design.

Please visit Revenu QuébecThis link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window. ‘s website to obtain all necessary information on the subject.

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