December 10, 2023

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Mandatory generator in RPA: “I am not here today,” says minister

Mandatory generator in RPA: “I am not here today,” says minister

Residences for the elderly (RPA) in Quebec must have a contingency plan in case of a power outage, according to Health and Seniors Minister Sonia Bélanger, but they don’t need a generator.

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“Today, I’m not here,” Ms. Bélanger said in an interview with TVA Nouvelles. Today, I have asked to have a report on the complete situation report at the RPA level regarding possible power outages.

However, she insists on having a contingency plan to deal with these situations.

“Yes, a generator might be needed, but beyond that, when you have a breakdown that lasts for days, you have to be able to get the job done first,” she continues. Having the necessary supplies, having safety mechanisms and having a generator is part of contingency planning, but it is not an action that should be taken only at the RPA level.

Financial problem is also a problem.

“RPAs are in trouble right now,” the minister said. I am well aware of this, I took decisions last December to support RPAs for a salary transfer program.

Pressure on this decision will be particularly strong from the FADOQ network, which wants to have auxiliary power systems in elderly homes.

Watch the full report in the video above.

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