Canada-Quebec Social Housing Agreement

Federal Minister of Family, Children and Social Development Ahmed Hussen and Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Andrée Laforest announced the agreement on Twitter thursday night. Among them was montreal Mayor Valérie Plante, who called on both levels of government to find solutions as quickly as possible, as the city faces a serious housing crisis. The investment is expected to create between 2,800 and 4,000 new housing units across the province and to renovate several existing housing units. The transformation of housing bases poses challenges to the development and maintenance of affordable housing across the housing continuum. To meet these challenges, a more comprehensive approach is needed than simply focusing on social housing. “We`re happy, it`s a victory… Finally, after three years, there is an agreement,” Said Mr. Plante, adding: “$1.4 billion is a lot of money. The needs here are enormous. Interest groups in the housing sector in Quebec will continue to have access to the National Co-Investment Fund. A joint federal-provincial committee is set up to enable Quebec to best manage CMHC funding by selecting investments that fit its own priorities. The city`s housing crisis was exacerbated only by the COVID 19 pandemic, when makeshift tent cities emerged around Montreal over the summer. The objective of the policy is to create a comprehensive, coherent and sustainable vision of the prevention and elimination of homelessness in Quebec. The Quebec government has sent a clear message that we can no longer tolerate the intolerable.

That the unacceptable can no longer be accepted. The policy focuses on inclusion and participation of all in quebec`s social, economic, political and cultural life. In this context, public authorities, the municipal sector, public institutions, cities, municipalities, merchants and all citizens are invited to work together to prevent and combat homelessness. In order to ensure consistent and effective action and avoid duplication, Canada recognizes that THE implementation of HR must be consistent with Quebec`s areas of expertise in health and social services, directions, priorities and structure of service organization, and, on the other hand, Quebec recognizes that THE implementation of HR must be consistent with Canada`s guidelines and priorities. Court of Auditors. The agreement confirms that the governments of Canada and Quebec have a common goal of reducing the number of housing shortages in Quebec.