The Société d’habitation du Québec has implemented two new assistance measures to financially support building owners wishing to carry out pyrrhotite detection tests.
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This mineral species produces sulfuric acid on contact with air and moisture, causing cracks in the concrete foundations of buildings.
Government financial assistance may reach $ 1,200 per expert report. Two tests may sometimes be necessary, first to identify the presence of the contaminant, then to specify the pyrrhotite content of the concrete.
About 3,300 homeowners could benefit from this measure launched on Friday by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Andrée Laforest, and the member responsible for the file, Simon Allaire.
A letter of compliance will be sent to the owners of buildings showing a pyrrhotite level below 0.23%, the minor danger threshold established by the government.
The Coalition to Help Victims of Pyrrhotite (CAVP) welcomed these measures initiated by Quebec.
“These two measures represent a victory, a step in the right direction to settle the pyrrhotite issue once and for all. At the beginning of the year, we presented four priority requests and we are happy to end this particularly eventful year with two major advances for the victims ”, mentioned in a press release the president of the CAVP, Alain Gélinas.
The CAVP now expects support from the Ottawa side to cover the repair costs and the necessary adjustment for the condos, two objectives for 2021. The organization indicated that discussions were launched in the two files.
Pyrrhotite particularly caused victims in Mauricie, where 8,000 residences between 1996 and 2008 were built with unsuitable stone. Declining property values and repair costs averaging $ 200,000 caused a lot of collateral damage.