Quebec Changes Building Repair Rules

Quebec has made new amendments to its labor relations act. With the new amendments, it is possible for healthcare facilities, educational institutions, charitable organizations, small landlords and small businesses to depend on voluntary work for building upkeep and minor repairs.

With this change, certified trade persons are allowed to provide unpaid services to charities or dwellings for self-use. The non-certified volunteers will be allowed to perform jobs such as installing interior furnishings and paintings in certain specified sectors.

Rental complexes for residential use with up to four units come under the act if the owner dwells in the building. Co-operative housing units of any size and co-ownership buildings with less than five units can get benefitted by the amendment. Universities, health facilities, social service facilities, private and public schools, commercial centers with less than 10 employees can use volunteers.

The public-sector union and rental housing associations are not pleased with the change. Many residential buildings with less than four units are excluded from eligibility just because the owners are not staying in the particular property. Moreover, the act still prevents the public sector from using their part-time staffs to do these tasks. Only permanent staffs are allowed to make the repair and maintenance. CORPIQ finds the act “paradoxical” as the law does not include rental housings up to six units which are not classified as businesses by lenders and insurers.

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