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Buildings covered

The Regulation respecting the guarantee plan for new residential buildings applies to buildings covered by a contract between an accredited contractor and a beneficiary for the sale or construction of the building.

The guarantee plan ensures that the contractor must fulfill a number of obligations, and covers the following types of new residential buildings exclusively:

  • Detached, semi‑detached or row-type single‑family house
  • Multifamily building held in divided co‑ownership (condo) of no more than four stacked private portions
  • Multifamily building of two to five units, held in undivided co‑ownership (intergenerational, duplex, triplex, etc.)

When to register?

In the table below, you can find the circumstances under which your accredited contractor is required to register a building with GCR.

Situation Work done Result
1. The contractor has a licence in subclass 1.1.1, but DOES NOT HAVE the specialized subclasses for the work done. Any type of work The unit MUST be registered with GCR, since the contractor has used their licence subclass 1.1.1.
2. The contractor has a licence in subclass 1.1.1 AND the specialized subclasses for the work done. Work done for two or more major elements of construction The unit MUST be registered with GCR, since the contractor is no longer considered to be a “specialized” contractor.
3. The contractor has a licence in subclass 1.1.1 AND the specialized subclasses for the work done. Work done for one major element of construction or for non‑major elements (for example, plumbing). The unit MAY be registered with GCR (not required).

Accredited Business Directory

To make sure a building is registered with GCR, you can consult our Accredited Business Directory. The directory also contains other information on new residential construction companies.

Major elements of construction

Major elements of construction Specialized” subclasses
Foundations 3.1, 3.2 and 2.6
Frame and roofing 5.1 or 6.1 for the frame / 7.0 for roofing *
Envelope (insulation) 7.0
Portes et fenêtres 8.0

* So, if the contractor is doing the frame and roofing, they must hold licence subclasses 5.1 or 6.1 AND 7.

For example

If a GCR‑accredited contractor enters into a contract with a buyer to build the foundations and the frame, the contractor MUST register the building with GCR, because they are working on two major elements of construction.

If a GCR‑accredited contractor enters into a contract with a buyer to do the envelope and the plumbing, the contractor CAN CHOOSE whether or not to register the building with GCR, because they are working on only one major element of construction and hold a specialized licence to carry out that work.

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