Although classified National Historic Place and Federal Heritage building because of its historic importance and its architectural and environmental value, the lighthouse is endangered.
The lighthouse is on the Top Ten Endangered Places List 2013 from Heritage Canada Foundation.
Here are the reasons why:
The physical and structural integrity of the lighttower is threatened in the short term.
The facing of the tower needs repair considering the numerous cracks which led to water infiltrations and stone falling. You may note that a foreign element has been added to the original structure. This is an arch in metal above the door used as a stone guard. Infiltrations are also due to the lack of window tightness. The lantern also requires restoration. The metallic elements of its structure show corrosion basins at some places. The painting that protects these elements is in very bad shape. The dome and the wood structures that compose the different floors and stairs also need a new layer of paint.
Major repairs must therefore be considered in the near future.
The last repairs on the facing were done 20 years ago (1993).
The lighthouse is a classified federal heritage building which belongs currently to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. According to the act regarding the protection of federal heritage buildings and since it is always about an active lighthouse, it should be maintained by the DFO according to the Policy one management of real property of the Treasury Board of Canada. In order to exclude itself from the jurisdiction of this policy, the DFO declared the lighthouse of Cape-des-Rosiers as surplus. In fact as HFC recommends it, the lighthouse should not have been designated as surplus. A lot of other lighthouses are on the list of the surpluses (close to one thousand of which 473 still active. If some are recognized or classified federal heritage buildings (21 in Quebec), only three in Quebec are at the same time classified National Historic Place and federal heritage building, Point-au-Père lighthouse in Rimouski, Île-Verte lighthouse and Cape-des-Rosiers lighthouse among the seven lighttowers that have been awarded this double designation in Canada.
Considering the structural state of the lighthouse and the limited resources that visits can procure, it is impossible for the SHMPCDR to face the expenses of the restoration of a lighthouse that still belongs to Canada.