Quebec is not in crisis, insists minister responsible for housing
MONTREAL -- Quebec's minister responsible for housing says she does not believe the entire province is in crisis, despite the rising number of tenants searching for homes amid mounting rent prices.
"We are not at all in a housing crisis," declared Andrée Laforest on Wednesday afternoon.
The minister held up a chart showing a vacancy rate of 0.6 per cent in the early 2000s in Montreal, compared to 2.7 per cent in 2020. In the rest of Quebec, the rate was slightly below 2.5 per cent in 2020.
There is no crisis, she assured the parliamentary commission studying budgetary credits for housing and municipal affairs.
"When we talk about a housing crisis, we have to be very, very, very careful," Laforest insisted, in response to Quebec Solidaire MNA Andrés Fontecilla, who used the expression "housing crisis."
Nevertheless, all the opposition parties have called on the CAQ to act.
Only 620 social housing units were delivered in 2020-2021, Fontecilla lamented, compared to 1,019 in 2019-2020. The CAQ had promised to build 15,000 social housing units during its mandate, he recalled.
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