The Chambre des notaires du Québec, through its Notarial Studies Fund (NSF), provides financial support to communities, organizations and society stakeholders for initiatives aligned with its mission: Protection of the Public.
The Chambre des notaires has launched its new General Financial Assistance Program for the Notarial Studies Fund to learn more: watch the presentation video and download the presentation (both available in French only).
Note: New developments will enhance the financial assistance program as of April 1, 2021. Applications that used to be processed as sponsorships must now be eligible for the financial assistance program.
The Chambre des notaires can award its financial assistance according to the General financial aid program (French only), which applies to submitted applications. Through this program, the Chambre supports the development of a vibrant law society accessible to Quebecers and thereby encourages projects and organizations working towards that end. More specifically, the Chambre wants to:
- Improve access to justice, by reducing physical, psychological, financial, linguistic or social obstacles as well as by promoting access to legal information to people with low income or in a vulnerable situation.
- Support the continuous development of the law so it adapts to society and its changes.
- Promote Quebec civil law.
- Ensure excellence among and promote Quebec notaries.
- Invest in the next generation and skills development of notaries.
This component is aimed at supporting particular initiatives with local, regional or provincial scope that contribute to achieving program objectives. It must be a structuring project, which means it must show growth potential or a ripple effect for the execution of other actions and it must foster the participation of and synergy between stakeholders.
Mission support *NEW*
This component offers basic financing to cover the cost of the administrative structure, programs and key personnel for an organization with local, regional or provincial scope and has the desired organizational capacity.
Funding makes it possible to support the execution of operations, meet the new needs of target clientele, better cooperate with stakeholders, innovate, adapt, create new programs and enhance the impact of ongoing and future projects.
Eligibility criteria differ depending on the funding component selected. For more information, please see the General financial aid program (French only).
Any application for financial assistance submitted to the Notarial Studies Fund (NSF) of the Chambre des notaires must meet at least one of the NSF objectives stipulated in the Notaries Act, i.e.,
- Promote legal reform
- Promote legal research
- Promote legal education and information
- Promote the establishment and maintenance of law library services
- Promote the quality of professional notary services (excluded are requests to develop, update or upgrade software or computer applications)
- Support the financing of the Ordre’s compensation fund
For more information, see the administrative interpretation of the objectives of the NSF (French only)
Financial assistance is granted based on merit and the availability of funds. The financial assistance amount available to external applicants for the 2021–2022 fiscal year is $7,190,000.
- Application for $25,000 or less
The budget is exhausted. Applications will be processed in the new fiscal year beginning April 1, 2023.
Applications can be submitted at any time. Applications deemed eligible under the simplified procedure will be reviewed by the Corporate Responsibility and Innovation Department.
- Application for more than $25,000
Applications can be submitted at any time, but will be reviewed by the Financial Assistance Attribution Committee, in light of recommendations from the Corporate Responsibility and Innovation Department, according to the following deadlines:
||Public announcement of allocation
||Second week of June
In the month following the analysis meeting
(Only date for mission support)
|Last week of October
|| Second week of January
Please note that no grants will be awarded until March 31, 2022 for this component as the budget has been exhausted.
You must first obtain certification to apply for this component.
- Consult the documentation
– General financial aid program (French only)
– Standard and visibility guide (French only)
- Complete the online form (French only) to create your file.
- Write a letter requesting certification and prepare the related documentation. No form is required. The letter from the organization must be no more than three pages (size 11 Arial font) and it must include the items stipulated in the Applicant’s guide (French only).We encourage you to send us your letter several days before the application deadline to receive your certification in time to submit your application before the deadline.
- You will be sent a link to a secure document transfer solution so you can submit the letter and the documents required to obtain certification.
- If the assessment is positive and certification is awarded, the Chambre will send the application form to the organization, which will be invited to submit a financing application for a more detailed assessment. The Applicant’s Guide describes the elements required in the narrative document and the documentation to be attached. You can use the sample narrative document (French only).
Note : An organization that has already obtained an NSF grant is exempted from obtaining certification until September 30, 2021. The organization can obtain the application form by contacting [email protected]
- Further assistance is available at 514-879-1793/1-800-263-1793, ext. *5007 [email protected]
Note: The entire documentation should contain a maximum of 20 pages.
The list of subsidized projects (French only) includes the allocation date, amount awarded, name of the organization, a brief description of the activities financed as well as the primary objective of the NSF met. The list is updated in the month following a meeting of the Financial Assistance Attribution Committee.