Financial Assistance Programs

 

Austin residents have access to various grants and programs to help protect their environment, broaden their access to leisure and cultural activities, and improve their dwellings.

 

 

Environmental Protection

Consult the Home Improvement tab, below, for information on programs to improve the energy efficiency of your home.

Free shrubs to replant the riparian zone

Every year, the Municipality distributes free shrubs to replant the riparian zone.

This year, the distribution will take place behind Town Hall as follows:

Friday, 18 May 2018 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, 19 May 2018 9 :00 a.m. to 12 noon

To qualify, you must:

  • Prepare a restoration plan

If you did not attend one of our workshops on replanting the riparian zone, please contact Environmental Services. Our environmental specialist will go on-site to assess your shoreline and provide guidance on how best to restore it.


Rebates on home composters and rain barrels

To encourage the population to compost its organic waste and save water, the Memphremagog MRC is offering a 50% rebate on the purchase of a home composter or rain barrel, up to a maximum of $30*.

* Subject to fund availability. Only one barrel and one composter per address.

To apply for your rebate

Send the completed form, along with the original receipt and a photocopy of a proof of residence in Austin (driver’s permit, hydro bill, etc.), to:

MRC de Memphrémagog
455 MacDonald, suite 200
Magog, QC J1X 1M2


Reusable diapers

To reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill, the Municipality offers a 50% rebate on the cost of reusable diapers purchased for each child under 2 years old, up to a maximum of $200 per family.

To apply for the rebate

Bring a proof of residence, the birth certificate of your child and your receipt to the Municipal Office. A refund cheque will be mailed to you in the next 30 days.


Municipal Green Fund

Since 2010, the Municipality of Austin’s Green Fund has provided financial assistance to a number of projects aimed at improving and protecting the environment.

Any citizen, municipal committee, charitable or non-profit organization can file an application under this program to help fund an environmental project. For more information or to file an application, please contact Environmental Services.

Home Improvements

The following provincial programs provide financial assistance for home improvement projects.

Residential Adaptation Assistance Program

The Residential Adaptation Assistance Program enables people with a permanent disability to adapt their home so that they can carry out their everyday activities.

Up to $16,000 per eligible person can be obtained in financial help.


Heating with Green Power

The Heating with Green Power Program (Chauffez vert) offers up to $1,275 in financial assistance to replace a fossil-fueled system with a system that uses electricity or other renewable sources of energy.


Rénoclimat

Do you feel any drafts? Are your floors cold?

Go the way of energy efficiency and renovate your home with the Rénoclimat program.

Rénoclimat will guide you in your home renovation project. Benefit from an on-site evaluation from a Rénoclimat advisor at a reduced price. Receive personalized advice to improve the energy efficiency of your home. You can be eligible for financial assistance under the Rénoclimat program for certain types of home improvements.


RénoRégion

The RénoRégion program provides financial assistance to low or modest-income owner-occupants in rural areas for work to correct major defects in their home. Funding may cover up to 95% percent of the approved cost for the admissible work, to a maximum of $12,000. For more information, call the MRC of Memphremagog at 819 843‑9292.


Tax Credit for Septic System Update

From 2017 to 2022, the Government of Quebec offers a tax credit for property owners of isolated dwellings to bring their septic system up to standards. Depending on the type of dwelling, up to $5,500 in tax credits can be applied for.

For more information, please consult the Services Quebec website (in French only).

Recreation and Culture

Memphremagog Library

The Municipality refunds the cost of the annual membership (individual or family) to the Memphremagog Library.

To apply for your refund

Submit the original (pink) receipt issued by the Memphremagog Library to the Municipality.

Photocopies and scans are not aceepted

A refund cheque will be issued within the next 30 days.

Supplemental fee payable on sports

The Municipality refunds to parents residing in Austin the cost of the supplemental fee payable for enrolling in the following Magog sports:

  • baseball
  • hockey
  • figure skating
  • soccer

Eligibility

To be eligible, the child must fulfill the following conditions:

  • Be less than 18 years of age
  • Be a full-time student

At the start of the season: File your request with the Municipality by providing a proof of enrolment.

At the end of the season:  An official proof that the child has participated in at least 75% of the activities must be provided.

The refund cheque will be issued within 30 days of receipt of the official “proof of participation.”

Seniors

Grant for seniors to offset a municipal tax increase

The purpose of this grant is to offset a municipal tax increase brought about by a significant increase in the value of your residence.

Visit the Service Québec website for additional information on this grant.

Other financial aid:

  • Residential Adaptation Assistance Program and other financial assistance for the home (under the Home Improvements tab, above)
  • Refund of the annual subscription to the Memphremagog Library (under the Recreation and Culture tab, above)