Transitional rules applicable to the Catered Component of the Buildings Program

The Buildings Program was replaced by the Efficient Solutions Program on November 19, 2018.

If you took steps to join the Buildings Program – Catered Component before November 19, 2018, please read the information below to learn about your options.

Select the situation that applies to your project. You are considered to have started work if you issued your first purchase order or signed your first contract related to the project.

Select the situation that applies to your project. You are deemed to have started work if you issued your first purchase order or signed your first service contract related to the project.


If your project qualifies for the Simplified Option under the Efficient Solutions Program, you have two options:

  1. You can submit your project under the Efficient Solutions Program – Simplified Option in accordance with the requirements set out in the Participant’s Guide and in effect on November 19, 2018. (See the documentation and tools applicable to this option and in effect at that time.)

    Your project, which was registered under the Catered Component, will be canceled and registered under the Simplified Option. You will receive a new project number when you submit your completed project under that option.

  2. You can submit your project under the Buildings Program – Catered Component in accordance with the requirements set out in the Participant’s Guide and in effect on the project start date.

    If your project does not qualify under the Simplified Option, you must submit it under the Catered Component of the Buildings Program.

  1. If your project qualifies for the Efficient Solutions Program – Simplified Option, you must submit your project under this option in accordance with the requirements set out in the Participant’s Guide and in effect on the project start date. (See the transitional rules applicable to this option.)

    Your project, which was registered under the Catered Component, will be canceled and registered under the Simplified Option. You will receive a new project number when you submit your completed project under that option.

  2. If your project does not qualify for the Efficient Solutions Program – Simplified Option, you have two options:

    a) Subject to Hydro-Québec’s approval, submit your project under the Customized Option if it meets the requirements set out in the Participant’s Guide and in effect on the project start date.

    If it does qualify, your project will be canceled under the Customized Component and registered under the Customized Option.

    Submit your project to Hydro-Québec right away to make sure it qualifies!

    b) Submit your project under the Catered Component of the Buildings Program in accordance with the requirements set out in the Participant’s Guide and in effect on February 1, 2017.

Your project doesn’t qualify for any program.

Your project could qualify under the Simplified Option or Customized Option of the Efficient Solutions Program.

If it does, Hydro-Québec may ask you for paperwork explaining the reason for the start date.

Elimination of the Integrated Design option

Please note that the program’s Integrated Design option has been eliminated.

However, Hydro‑Québec will process all applications if it received the Integrated Design option form and sent a confirmation to the customer by November 19, 2018.

Please use the applicable documentation and tools, listed below.

Are you planning to build a new facility, review your electricity use or optimize your processes and electromechanical systems? Your project may qualify under the Efficient Solutions Program.

Contact us. We can guide you through the process and help you determine which measures to implement.

Past requirements under the Catered Component of the Buildings Program

The Program requirements applicable to the project are those that are in effect on the project start date.

Documents and tools

Integrated Design option tools

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