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Regulation respecting volunteer construction work : Information questionnaire

The Règlement sur les travaux bénévoles de construction allows for construction work to be performed by volunteers and to be excluded from Act R-20. This exclusion is allowed for certain types of work and under certain conditions.

For people to be considered volunteers, the work must be performed without constraint or obligation, and not for pay or other compensation.

To know if you are allowed to use volunteers for your construction work, choose a situation in the list below.

In what context is the work being done?
Click on the statement that corresponds to your situation.

  1. A physical person building his or her own residence, not for profit (e.g. auto-construction)

  2. Work in a duplex, triplex, or quadruplex or in common areas of a co-ownership property with a maximum of four units

  3. Work for a charity organization

  4. Construction work in:
    1. A school (public or private) or a school board 
    2. A college 
    3. A CPE (childcare centre) 
    4. A public health and social services establishment (hospital, CLSC, CHSLD, etc.)
    5. A non-profit organization (NPO) not registered with the Canada Revenue Agency
    6. A housing co-operative
  5. Work performed for a company

  6. None of these choices

ATTENTION


We are publishing this information to help you find out if the regulatory standards governing volunteer work apply to your construction project. If you cannot find an answer to your question here, you may contact the CCQ. Note that this information is only a summary and it is possible that your project will require a more detailed analysis for a decision to be made. 


The articles pertaining to volunteer work in Act R-20 do not modify any other laws used to regulate construction sites (licences, insurance, health and safety, etc.). To learn more about these, visit RBQ and CNESST.


We would also like to inform you that under Act R-20 the CCQ has the power to inspect construction sites to ensure that they comply with the law. In addition, the CCQ may require any person concerned to provide information or documents related to the construction work. 


Finally, for people to be considered volunteers, the work must be performed without constraint or obligation, and not for pay or other compensation.