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Registration fees

Registration fees vary based on the Cote Qualité GCR and the building class.

Fees include:

  • The fee to register the unit
  • Risk management fees (fees for inspections, analysis, tests, etc.)
  • The $300 (plus applicable taxes) that is required for the RBQ guarantee fund
  • The $53.63 (plus applicable taxes) that has been required by the RBQ since January 1, 2015

 

Registration fees (effective since January 1, 2022)
COTE QUALITÉ GCR CLASS 1 BUILDING CLASS 2 BUILDING
AA $1 180 + $95 + $355,50 = $1 5630,50* $1 741 + $95 + $355,50 = $2 191,50*
A $1 242+ $142 + $355,50= $1 739,50* $1 809 + $142 + $355,50 = $2 306,50*
B $1 354 + $190 + $355,50 = $1 899,50* $1 920 + $190 + $355,50 = $2 465,50*
C $1 636 + $285 + $355,50 = $2 276,50* $2 086 + $285 + $355,50 = $2 726,50*
D $1 754 + $475 + $355,50 = $2 584,50* $2 314 + $475 + $355,50 = $3 144,50*
N $1 754 + $475 + $355,50 = $2 584,50* $2 314 + $475 + $355,50 = $3 144,50*

*Plus applicable taxes

Note: As of January 1, 2015, $300 (plus applicable taxes) is required for the RBQ guarantee funds and a $53.63 fee (plus applicable taxes) is required by RBQ. This is on top of the registration fee and risk management fees that must be paid to GCR for each unit.

  • Class 1 building: A detached, semi-detached or row-type single family, whether or not it is held in divided co-ownership; or a multifamily building, from a duplex to a quintuplex, that is not held in divided co-ownership.
  • Class 2 building: A multifamily building of no more than four private portions stacked one above the other.
WARNING!

  • Registration fees must be paid all at once when the building is registered. Only contractors building projects with at least six private portions to be held in co-ownership can pay in installments.
  • If you would like a hard copy of the form for registering single-family residential buildings, you must pay the administrative fee that has been in place since January 1, 2020, which applies to each registration. We encourage you to register all of your new projects in the Zone GCR (in french).

Late fee

Contractors will be charged a fee for late registration, $500 per house and $250 per unit held in co‑ownership, if the building was not registered in the 30 days after the first contract was signed or the 10 days after work has begun (excavation).

GCR has a three-step process for late registrations:

  • An initial email notification
  • A second notification by registered mail
  • Imposition of late fees ($500 per home, $250 per unit held in co-ownership)

If the contractor incurs multiple late fees:

  1. The contractor is downgraded.
  2. The contractor’s accreditation is cancelled.

 

This process exists to reduce your risk of claims and, in turn, the claims incurred by GCR. Registering your building on time helps GCR to better plan inspections, reducing the risk of claims.

 

Registration investigator

GCR employs a registration investigator, who confirms the issuing of construction permits by municipalities and travels around Quebec performing checks. When the investigator finds a construction project that is not registered, requiring GCR intervention, a late registration fee will be charged with no prior notice.

 

Related/affiliated businesses

The consequences for contractors with multiple accredited businesses that are affiliated who fall behind on their registrations will add up cumulatively for their group of related businesses.

For example: businesses A, B and C are related and all have the same Cote Qualité GCR. Business A registered two 24‑unit condo projects late. Business B registered another 24‑unit condo project. Business B, affiliated to A, would be immediately charged late fees as it is the third project registered late for the group.

 

Project begun before receiving accreditation

A late registration fee will be automatically charged, with no prior notice, to a contractor that begins work on a project before receiving GCR accreditation.

 

Contingent contract

The Regulation respecting the guarantee plan for new residential buildings does not make a distinction with respect to contingent contracts. The contractor must register the building as soon as the contractor and the buyer enter into a contract, whether or not the buyer has made partial payments . A registration cancellation process exists in case the project is not realized and the contract must be resolved.

 

Further to a report

If GCR receives a report from a buyer and the contractor is accredited by GCR, but the building was not registered in accordance with the conditions listed above, the contractor will be charged a late registration fee, with no prior notice.

Payment plan

GCR has established a procedure to meet the needs of accredited contractors that allows for payments to be made under an installment plan for condo projects that are a certain size.

Since February 1, 2017, contractors that register projects held in co-ownership of at least six  private portions can pay the project’s registration fees in installments, in accordance with conditions set by GCR (see chart below).

You must send post-dated cheques for the applicable dates once your project has been registered.

For condo projects with at least six private units
Invoice of $13,000–$24,999 3 equal consecutive monthly payments, with a fixed administrative fee of 2.5%
Invoice of $25,000–$49,999 4 equal consecutive monthly payments, with a fixed administrative fee of 2.5%
Invoice of $50,000+  5 equal consecutive monthly payments, with a fixed administrative fee of 2.5%

To arrange a payment plan, the contractor must file a request with the GCR analyst assigned to its case. The request will be reviewed for approval by the GCR Registration Coordinator.

Finally, GCR reserves the right to refuse a payment plan arrangement if the situation justifies it (accounts receivable in the records is expired, missing documents, status pending necessary securities/guarantees, etc.).

Note: It is only possible to pay registration fees in installments for the types of projects listed in the chart above, i.e., it is not possible to arrange a payment plan for a single‑family building not held in divided co-ownership or a multifamily building with two to five dwellings.

 

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