If you want to open a new senior residential facility in Quebec, you need a Certificate of Compliance from the Ministry of Health and Social Services. However, you can open your doors and operate for one year with a Temporary Certificate of Compliance. To qualify, your building needs to lease rooms or apartments to the elderly and provide two services from the following categories:
- Meal services
- Domestic help services
- Security services
- Recreation services
- Personal assistant services
- Nursing care
You also need to have emergency procedures in place, a fire safety plan, a system that allows residents to call for help, and a procedure for prescription drug administration. Everyone on your staff also needs to pass a criminal background check before they are allowed to work with the residents.
Applications for Temporary Certificates of Compliance are handled through the local CISSS or CIUSSS, whichever services the area where your senior facility is located. You can find the appropriate office for your location by entering your postal code into the website’s search engine.
Once you’ve submitted your application, the certifying officer will give you the documents you need to obtain your temporary certification. You also receive a request to visit the facility. During the visit, the certifying officer inspects your facility to ensure it meets all of the regulations mandated. As long as your facility meets all of the requirements, the officer will then issue your Temporary Certificate of Compliance.
The process to obtain a Temporary Certificate for Compliance in Quebec is simple. As long as your facility meets the requirements and you complete all of the paperwork, you shouldn’t run into any problems.