Home ownership program in part of the territory of île de Hull

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Program objective

Launched in 2017, the home ownership program (Programme d'aide financière à l'acquisition d'une propriété - PAFAP) in part of the territory of île de Hull aims to promote homeownership by encouraging families or first-time buyers to move in Gatineau's downtown area. Nearly 20 households out of a possible 45 have already registered. If the offer interests you, do not delay to inform you. First come first served!

Target territory

The program applies to properties within the areas outlined on the map.


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To find out whether a property is eligible under the program, enter the civic number and street name here.

Eligibility criteria

Building

  • The building must be located within the perimeter of île de Hull in the areas outlined on the map.
  • It must consist of no more than three dwellings.
  • The building could be mixed (commercial and residential), and will have to be occupied by the applicant family or first-time buyer.
  • The building may have been converted from one that was previously non-residential.
  • Buildings with four or more dwellings are not eligible under this program.

Applicants

  • first-time home buyers who demonstrate that in the past five years they did not own a building with three or fewer dwellings;

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  • individuals who demonstrate that their family includes at least one child under 18 years of age at the date of occupancy or that a child is expected within nine months after that date, as applicable.

Program duration

The program is in effect from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2019 or until the budgeted funds are fully allocated.

Grant amount

The grant offered within the program is $5,000 for a first-time home buyer or $7,500 for a family.

The offer of a grant that has not yet been paid is withdrawn if the building is partly or fully destroyed by fire.

The grant is provided as a lump-sum payment. The applicant shall repay it in the event of one of the following:

  • a false declaration by the applicant;
  • incomplete or incorrect information provided by the applicant; or
  • failure on the part of the applicant to comply with the applicable by-law.

Recipient's obligations

The applicant shall include in the purchase contract that the family or first-time buyer shall reside in one dwelling of the eligible building as its principal residence for a minimum of 36 months following the date of occupancy.

How to apply

Step 1: If the property in question is eligible under the program, the applicant fills out the application form.

Step 2: Applications are processed in the order in which they are received (first come, first served) until the budgeted funds are fully allocated.

An official will contact the applicant when his/her application comes up for processing, at which time the applicant will have to pay a $50 processing fee.

Step 3: The applicant will be asked to also provide one or more of the following documents:

  • a copy of the accepted offer or of the deed of sale of the eligible dwelling or building;
  • a document (such as a lease) proving that the applicant did not own his/her home in the last five years prior to the purchase; and
  • if the applicant is requesting the additional grant for a child under 18 years of age, a copy of the birth certificate of the child, or a doctor's letter indicating the expected date of birth.

Additional grant for renovations

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you may also be entitled to a grant under Gatineau's residential renovation program (Programme Rénovation résidentielle). For information about the categories of work eligible under that program (in French only), click here.

Contacts

Charles Hoffman, 819-243-2345, extension 4358 or sudd.pafap@gatineau.ca.
Maryse Dehaies, 819-243-2345, extension 4356 or sudd.pafap@gatineau.ca.

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between this program and Gatineau's downtown residential construction subsidy program?

Programme de revitalisation visant à promouvoir la construction domiciliaire dans la partie de son centre-ville identifiée l'île de Hull

This is a home ownership assistance program. It encourages families and first-time home buyers to buy on île de Hull, whereas the residential construction program encourages residential construction on île de Hull in order to repopulate the downtown.

Those two programs are complementary, and are part the efforts to revitalize the downtown.

Is this program only for people who reside in Gatineau or on île de Hull?

No, it is for everyone wishing to buy a property on île de Hull, regardless of where they come from, as long as they meet the by-law criteria.

Why target only first-time home buyers and families on île de Hull?

There are many renters and few family homeowners on île de Hull. The idea is to encourage these two groups to buy property and settle there.

If my application is approved, can I also get a grant under Gatineau's residential renovation program (Programme de rénovation résidentielle de la Ville de Gatineau -PRRG)?

Yes, you could get both grants. However, to get the PRRG grant, you have up to three years from the time the PAFAP grant is paid to apply.

Am I automatically ineligible for the PAFAP if I cannot get the PRRG?

No, you are not required to get the grant under the residential renovation program if you get the grant under the home ownership program.

If my property is in the target territory and in a building housing four or more dwellings, am I still eligible under the program?

No, existing properties in a building housing four or more dwellings are not eligible under the program (article 15, first subparagraph, of the by-law 518-5-2016).

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