Restoration of Religion-based Cultural Heritage
Financial assistance aims to help protect, pass on and enhance religious heritage of historical, architectural, or artistic interest.
Part 1 – Restoration of immoveable property (buildings)
Qualify as religious heritage buildings are all religious buildings built before 1975 that have a recognized heritage value by virtue of the register provided in Article 5 of the Cultural Heritage Act, and the heritage buildings declared as (A) unavoidable, (B) exceptional or (C) superior, by virtue of the Quebec's places of worship inventory ( ILCQ ). For applications involving buildings constructed between 1945 and 1975, only the buildings whose heritage has been declared as (A) incontournable are eligible.
Part 2 – Restoration of moveable property (furnishings), works of art, and organs
Are eligible for financial assistance the moveable property preserved in religious buildings and that are recognized for their heritage value, either by virtue of the register provided in Article 5 of the Cultural Heritage Act or by virtue of criterias established by experts in the field.
Eligible Client Groups
- Parish councils, dioceses, consistories/presbyteries, religious orders, and their equivalents in other faith traditions
- Non-profit organizations (Part 1 and Pipe organs only)
- Private owners (Part 1 only)
Calculation of Financial Assistance
|Applicant||Listed property||Unlisted property|
|% Subsidy||% Applicant||% Subsidy||% Applicant|
- Parish council
- Religious order
- Non-profit organization (Part 1 and Pipe organs only)
|85 %||20 %||75 %||30 %|
|Municipality||55 %||50 %||45 %||60 %|
Municipality with RFU index of 75 or less
|75 %||30 %||65 %||40 %|
|Private property (Part 1 only)||25 %||80%||15 %|
All work deemed essential to preservation of the heritage qualities of the building, furnishings, work of art, or organ:
- Categories of eligible work involve building foundations, structures, roofs,exterior wall cladding, door and window openings, fire detection and extinguishing systems, protrusions, electrical components, and indoor work that have been made necessary by degradation of the exterior building envelope.
- Completion of preparatory studies prior to confirmation of financial assistance and professional fees to specialists (architects, engineers, historians, archaeologists and others) assigned to the project.
You may consult the eligible work list (in French only)
Part 1 applications: immovable property
The application for financial assistance must include:
- The application form
- A report on the condition of the building (Part 1) or an expert report (Part 2)
- Proof of insurance
- Proof of a working fire detection system (Part 1 only).
Applications may be submitted to the regional roundtable covering the applicant’s territory or to the Québec Religious Heritage Council office.
For Part 1 applications, the regional roundtable studies all application files, sets priorities and recommends projects to the Québec Religious Heritage Council.
You may find the application form on the Forms and Report on the Condition of the building section.
Part 2 applications: restoration of movable property, works of art, and pipe organs
For Part 2 applications, the Movable property (furnishings) and works of art committee or the Organ committee study all application files, set priorities, and recommend projects to the Québec Religious Heritage Council. You may find the forms for Part 2 application in the Forms section.
You may consult the eligibility criteria and find advice for the application procedure in the following documents:
- Eligibility criteria and application procedure – Restoration of movable property (furnishings) and works of art
- Eligibility criteria and application procedure – Restoration of pipe organs
Selection of projects
Projects are selected using the following priority criteria:
- Actions for buildings protected under the Cultural Heritage Act or designated as having Undisputed (A), Exceptional (B) or Superior (C) heritage value according to the inventory of Quebec places of worship.
- Support for restoration projects that involve major work (foundations, structure, roof, masonry, etc.), or installation or upgrading to meet safety standards.
- Financial participation by the applicant (see Calculation of financial assistance table).
Conditions for Financial Assistance
- The building must be open to the public.
- Restoration projects must begin no later than 1 year following announcement of the funding by the Ministry and completed within 24 months of the start of work.
- The Québec Religious Heritage Council will not consider projects for which disposal is planned once the work has been completed, subject to the specific criteria below:
|Subsidy of less than $300,000||Disposal within 5 years or less|
|Subsidy of between $300,000 and $699,999||Disposal within 10 years or less|
|Subsidy of $700,000 or more||Disposal within 20 years or less|
The above does not apply if the applicant requires the purchaser to enter into a contractual commitment to safeguard the heritage value of the immoveable or moveable property.
- The applicant must pledge to comply with the conditions for awarding any contract to complete the work for which financial assistance has been granted.
|Contract for construction and services worth $24,999 or less||Directly negotiated contract|
|Contract for construction and services worth between $25,000 and $99,999||Written invitation to tender sent to at least 3 project proponents|
|Contract for construction and services worth $100,000 or more||Public call for tenders via the SEAO online system|
Step-by-Step Instructions for Recipients of Financial Assistance
Once you have received the visibility letter and signed the agreement protocol, you may start your restoration project. Below, you will find the main steps and procedures to follow in order to receive your subsidy from the Québec Religious Heritage Council (In French only).