housing crisis | Longueuil and Laval hold a summit on housing

To find “concrete solutions” to tackle the housing shortage, Longueuil Mayor Catherine Fournier and Laval Mayor Stéphane Boyer announced on Monday that they would hold a summit on housing.

Posted at 1:00 p.m
Updated at 2:47 p.m

William Theriault

William Theriault
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The event, a campaign promise by Mr.me Fournier and Mr. Boyer will gather nearly 300 people at the Sheraton Convention Center in Laval for last year’s municipal elections on August 26.

Actors from different sectors will be present for the occasion: mayors of major cities, other elected municipal representatives, state and federal politicians, representatives of the institutional sector, community groups and speakers.

Union of Quebec Municipalities (UMQ), Quebec Federation of Municipalities (FQM), Montreal Metropolitan Community (CMM), Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Vivre en ville Organization, Community Housing Transformation Center (CTCC) and Urban Development Institute (IDU ) speak throughout the day. Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante will do so as President of the CMM.

“Every community in Quebec will be reunited. It is a great success to work together,” said Stéphane Boyer during a press conference on Monday morning behind Longueuil town hall.

During the summit, he wants to explore how we can “better control the explosion in rental prices,” an issue that is now affecting “all of Quebec.”

The young politician names three possible solutions: the “land family” (what can be done to gain access to land), the “regulatory family” and the “financing family”. He also thinks that the province can look internationally.

“There are ways to do things that are available elsewhere in the world, but that’s not possible in Quebec because the regulations or laws aren’t aligned. So I want us to come up with changes in law and regulation that would allow us to do better. »

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For her part, Catherine Fournier denounces that at least 620,000 new homes will need to be built in Quebec by 2030 to reach “market affordability” for real estate.

“It shows the scale of the challenge, especially in the current context. It’s a huge challenge. […] Everyone has raised their hands, everyone wants to get involved, everyone is developing solutions. »

We don’t have to be late. A Summit is an event for reflection, but above all we want it to focus on action.

Catherine Fournier, Mayor of Longueuil

For now, the summit only has to happen this year, but the two elected officials are opening the door to reusing the “if it’s a success” concept.

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  • 30%
    Rate of increase in the average house price in Laval from 2016 to 2021.

    Stephane Boyer, Mayor of Laval

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