Quebec increases of 40 % subsidy for the installation of sprinkler

News 18 January, 2018
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    Thursday, January 18, 2018 10:12

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    L’ANCIENNE-LORETTE | The government Couillard pledged Thursday to increase its subsidies of 40 % for the installation of sprinklers in residences for elderly persons, recognizing in the same breath as the previous program was ineffective.

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    Thus, for complexes of 30 units or less, and non-profit residences, the cost of the installation will now be assumed 100% by the State. In those who have more than 30 units, the refunded amount will be between 60% and 80%.

    The minister of Health, Gaétan Barrette, has recognized that these measures, which are expected to cost $ 67 million, were necessary because the homes were not as eager to install sprinklers.

    “It was found that the previous program was not only insufficient, but [in addition], the certified residences is décertifiaient”, the minister said Strip, when it was announced.

    “There was a path administrative issue, too complex. Then, we made adjustments,” added the minister.

    Of the approximately 1200 residences for the elderly in activity in Quebec, only 22 had taken advantage of the grant program previous, much less generous.

    Thanks to today’s announcement, the vast majority of residences will enjoy a full refund of the costs of installation, welcomed Mr. Barrette.

    This announcement comes four years after the fire of the residence of L’isle-Verte, in which 32 people had perished. The coroner in charge of the investigation into the tragedy had indicated that the installation of automatic sprinklers could improve the chances of survival of the residents.

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