Licence

Holding the correct licence

Need a licence?

To know if you or your subcontractors need a licence, consult the following pages:

To carry out construction work, or to have this work carried out, you must not only hold a licence issued by the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ), but also

  1. hold the appropriate licence subclass(es).
  2. make certain that all subcontractors who are carrying out work for you are licensed and hold the appropriate subclass(es) for the work being done. If they do not, you will both be liable to prosecution for this infraction.

Failing to comply with these rules entails severe fines, as it is equivalent to working without a licence.

Before entrusting work to a subcontractor

As a precaution, before entrusting work to a subcontractor, you must 

Any contractor who employs an unlicensed subcontractor will be subject to immediate prosecution.

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Severe fines

Table 1 – Fine amounts based on the type of infraction and the person committing 
Type of infraction Infraction committed by a natural person (individual) Infraction committed by a legal person
Incorrect class or subclass $5,606 to $28,028 $16,817 to $84,087
Working without a licence $11,213 to $84,087 $33,635 to $168,172

Master electricians and master pipe mechanics (CMEQ and CMMTQ)

The fines set out in the Master Electricians Act and the Master Pipe-mechanics Act range from $5,000 to $25,000 for individuals, and from $15,000 to $75,000 for legal persons. 

Do you need a licence?

To know if you or your subcontractors need a licence, consult the following pages:

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