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!
The program applies to properties within the areas outlined on the map.
The program is in effect from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2019 or until the budgeted funds are fully allocated.
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The offer of a grant that has not yet been paid is withdrawn if the building is partly or fully destroyed by fire.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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, you are not required to get the grant under the residential renovation program if you get the grant under the home ownership 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).
Gatineau is the fourth largest city in the province of Quebec with close to 285,000 inhabitants.