Request for work

Are you planning a project that requires work on an electrical installation to be carried out by an electrical contractor? Or do you have a project for which Hydro-Québec will need to conduct work on its system?

Learn more about your responsibilities and those of each stakeholder as well as the steps involved and the lead times to expect.

To follow up on a request for work, go to your Customer Space.

Find the information you need before making a request for work

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The key: Being prepared!

Finding an electrical contractor

The first thing to do to get your project started is to contact an electrical contractor . Make sure that the electrical contractor you hire is a member of the Corporation des maîtres électriciens du Québec (CMEQ) [in French only]. Certain laws and regulations apply.

Gathering the required documents

Make sure you have all the documents you need to carry out your project. For instance:

  • Implementation plan
  • Plot plan (land register excerpt)
  • Subdivision plan
  • Copy of servitudes
  • Photos

Information about the standards

Connection work must be carried out in compliance with the safety standards and regulations in effect.

Learning about the contractor’s responsibilities

Article 1.1.3 in the Blue Book [in French only] outlines the electrical contractor’s responsibility toward the customer. Their responsibilities include the following:

  • Checking the availability of electrical service and the applicable conditions
  • Informing the customer of the steps to take to ensure that their installation is supplied on the requested date
  • Informing the customer of all possible costs (connection, line extension or modification)

A connection project can include up to 10 steps

Identify the steps below for which you and your electrical contractor are responsible.

  1. 1 ‒ Hiring an electrical contractor CUSTOMER

    The customer hires an electrical contractor.

  2. 2 ‒ Preparatory work ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR

    • The electrical contractor assesses what needs to be done before Hydro‑Québec can carry out its work, and carries out the work in question.
    • When the electrical contractor’s work is finished and compliant, they send a request to Hydro‑Québec stating that Hydro‑Québec can begin its work.
  3. 3 ‒ Processing and following up on the request HYDRO-QUÉBEC

    • Hydro‑Québec records the request.
    • Hydro‑Québec provides the electrical contractor and the customer with the confirmation number .
    • Hydro‑Québec contacts the electrical contractor, if necessary.
    • If required, Hydro‑Québec requests any necessary information to process the request.
  4. 4 ‒ Follow-up and preparatory work ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR

    • The electrical contractor informs Hydro‑Québec of the status of the work assigned.
    • The electrical contractor provides any requested clarifications, when necessary.
    • At the customer’s request, the electrical contractor carries out the activities related to planting private utility poles .
  5. 5 ‒ Assessment and costs HYDRO-QUÉBEC

    • Hydro‑Québec assesses the scope and cost of the work, if applicable.
    • Hydro‑Québec sends the customer the agreements regarding the work.
  6. 6 ‒ Documentation CUSTOMER

    If necessary, the customer provides Hydro‑Québec with the following documents before the work begins:

    • Required servitudes
    • Signed agreement documents
    • Proof of payment of the amount due
  7. 7 ‒ Vegetation control, clearing or installation of poles HYDRO-QUÉBEC

    • Hydro‑Québec assesses the scope and cost of the work, if applicable.
    • Hydro‑Québec acts as a liaison with the companies responsible for the work, if needed.
  8. 8 ‒ Confirmation – Work completed ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR

    The electrical contractor confirms with Hydro‑Québec that all the work that needs to be carried out before Hydro‑Québec can conduct its work is complete and that the installation is ready to be connected to the power grid.

  9. 9 ‒ Project completion and commissioning HYDRO-QUÉBEC

    • Hydro‑Québec installs the metering equipment and any other required equipment.
    • Hydro‑Québec carries out its work, where appropriate.
    • Hydro‑Québec commissions the equipment.
  10. 10 ‒ Payment CUSTOMER

    The customer pays all applicable fees.

Determining the approximate lead time for a connection request

Understanding the charges before beginning the project

Service charges and other costs may apply. Consult chapters 8, 9 and 20 of the Conditions of Service.

Applicable fees for all requests

For most requests for work, only the $360 (called “charge for work on the system”) is billed and included on your electricity bill once the work is finished.

Additional fees depending on the situation

Additional fees may be added to the above charge if complex work must be carried out or the power system needs to be extended or modified.


  • Fees related to vegetation control, clearing or installation of poles
  • Fees to acquire servitudes
  • Fees related to civil engineering work

Your electrical contractor will guide you if these fees apply to your request.