Legault and the CAQ promise 18,900 social and affordable housing units
Quebec Premier François Legault.
In his first election pledge, Premier François Legault promised to inject $1.8 billion for the construction of social housing in Quebec. This measure would be used to build 11,700 housing units, to which would be added 7,000 units subsidized by the Rent Supplement Program.
“There will be a shortage of 23,500 homes over 10 years. […] We are going to work on this file with the municipalities. It’s important that they are able to have land that is well classified to develop these social [housing], ”he announced the boss of the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) during his visit to Laval.
Without using the terms “housing crisis”, François Legault however admitted: “yes, there is a shortage”. The oppositions and organizations had reproached him on several occasions for denying this reality.
The Prime Minister has indicated that he wants to continue to help municipalities to obtain these lands. “We are committed to giving powers in terms of expropriation,” he said.
According to Mr. Legault, the promise to build 15,000 housing units made by the Coalition Avenir Quebec in 2018 is held. Some of them are still under construction, he tempered in the process, while recalling having invested $2.6 billion for these projects.
“Of the 11,700 missing, we will also deliver the goods,” he says.
It’s not enough, says the opposition
Promise outfit? “It's wrong,” replied the Front d’action populaire en réménagement urbain (FRAPRU) on Twitter. According to the organization, less than a third have been achieved, and the rest are threatened by lack of funding.
Selon les dernières infos publiques publiées sur le site de l'#assnat, moins de 5000 des 15 000 logements déjà prévus que la CAQ avait promis de construire afin avaient réellement été construits pic.twitter.com/HfKhlv6RVs
— FRAPRU (@FRAPRU) August 12, 2022
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