New major investment in housing
QUÉBEC, May 5, 2021 / CNW / – The Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Chantal Rouleau, Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for the Metropolis and the Montreal region, Soraya Martinez Ferrada, Member of Parliament for Hochelaga, and Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal, announced that the Government of Quebec and the Government of Canada are granting an additional $ 100 million to the Office municipal d’habitation de Montréal (OMHM) to renovate 517 low-rental housing units (LRH), several of which are currently in pension.
Depending on the extent of the renovations required in the various buildings, the work would be carried out over a period of three years according to a schedule to be established by the OMHM. The households affected by this work will be informed in the coming weeks of what will follow. Personalized support will be provided by the OMHM.
This announcement stems from the Canada-Quebec Housing Agreement signed in October 2020 by the government of Canada and the government of Quebec. Then come other initiatives that are just as important for Quebecers in all regions.
It should be noted that the Société d’habitation du Québec and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation will also offer a $ 75 million subsidy to the OMHM in 2021. This amount will finance the renovation work of other social housing projects in its territory.
“For several years, LRH housing has been closed. Today, I am particularly pleased to announce that 517 housing units will be renovated and that over the next few months, 517 Montreal households will be able to live in renovated housing thanks to this program. $ 100 million investment. Today’s announcement is important and fits in with our vision for housing. We need to quickly increase the supply of housing and take care of our existing rental housing stock, and we will continue to take concrete steps to do so. I am well aware of the current situation and I am confident that we are there to support Quebeckers in need.
Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Minister responsible for the Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean region
“Every Quebecer deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. This funding will help some 500 Montreal families by providing safe and affordable housing and stimulating the local economy. At the same time, we are improving the quality of life for those who need it most. “
The Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
“The government is committed to increasing the supply of housing in the Montreal region and is doing everything it can to achieve this. I salute this initiative which will make living environments that have been abandoned for many years habitable. This investment will improve the quality of life of future residents of these LRHs and rehabilitate part of Montreal’s real estate heritage. We are proud of this announcement. “
Chantal Rouleau, Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for the Metropolis and the Montreal region
“Families are all too familiar with the housing situation in Montreal. To remedy this shortage, all levels of government must play a role. Today’s announcement shows what can be done when all stakeholders commit to working together. With this investment, 500 Montreal families will have a better, safer and more affordable place to call home. “
Soraya Martinez Ferrada, Deputy for Hochelaga
“Housing is a priority for our government. For several years now, we have had a significant need for social and affordable housing in Montreal, a need that has only been exacerbated by the pandemic. $ 100 million The investment that will allow the renovation of more than 500 units in low-rental housing projects and benefit more than 500 Montreal households in need is therefore very good news. I salute the contribution of the governments of Canada and Quebec and their work alongside the City of Montreal and its partners to make housing a crucial issue. Our government will continue to work to improve access to quality housing that meets the needs and budget of Montrealers. “
Valérie Plante, Mayor of the City of Montreal
“I am pleased to see that the recent call from the OMHM and tenant representatives to reinvest in major work has been heard. This additional amount invested in the renovation of the low-rental housing stock will allow the rehabilitation and rental of ‘a good number of pensioners for the great benefit of Montrealers who have been waiting for subsidized housing for several years. In the coming weeks, we will prioritize occupied buildings which will also be renovated and will give priority to informing residents affected by this good news. “
Danielle Cécile, Director General of the Office municipal d’habitation de Montréal
Including the most recent budget, the government of Quebec invested more than $ 660 million over the past three years to develop housing projects that have been promised but never delivered. More, $ 70 million was also announced in the recent budget of 500 new housing units and $ 50 million was allocated to municipalities to advance stagnant projects.
Over the past year, the government of Canada and the government of Quebec have also signed major agreements for the construction of housing in Quebec, as the Canada-Quebec Housing Agreement and one concerning the Rapid Housing Initiative.
The decision to embark LRHs in Montreal is generally made by the Office municipal d’habitation de Montréal in collaboration with Public Health. This decision is made for the health and safety of tenants when structural or fungal contamination issues are identified.
About the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
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About the Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ)
As a leader in housing, the SHQ’s mission is to meet the housing needs of Quebec citizens, by providing affordable and low-rent housing and by offering a range of assistance programs to support the construction, renovation and adaptation of housing and access to homeownership. In addition, the SHQ promotes the development of partnerships with communities, collaboration between players in the sector and innovation. To find out more about its activities, visit www.habitation.gouv.qc.ca/english.html.
SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
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