July 20, 2024

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Housing crisis: One organization investigates the blocking of 25,000 housing units

Housing crisis: One organization investigates the blocking of 25,000 housing units

While the housing crisis is affecting many Quebec families, more than 25,000 homes across the province are still foreclosed, an organization has lamented.

The Association of Construction and Housing Professionals of Quebec (APCHQ) has counted more than 25,000 housing units from developers and builders — which covers the entire population of Saint-Hyacinthe or Shawinigan — that will be put on ice, she reported in a press release. Tuesday is the day.

An internal APCHQ survey revealed that many projects face administrative burdens regarding social acceptability, issuance of permits as well as political orientation of decision-makers.

“According to CMHC, more than 148,000 units need to be built annually to restore the housing structure, putting 25,000 units on ice is unacceptable,” protested Maxime Rodrigue in a press release. , President and CEO APCHQ.

According to APCHQ, which advocates for densification of urban areas, this bottleneck shows that the housing crisis can only be solved by implementing the National Architecture and Land Use Planning Policy.

But the figure of 25,000 units may only be the tip of the iceberg, as many survey respondents are reluctant to communicate on the issue, so as not to “jeopardize the deadlines of their projects currently in the hands of municipal or regional authorities”. press release

“We are calling on the provincial government, cities and their urban planning advisory committees, as well as citizens, so that the collective interest in housing for all Quebecers takes precedence over individual interest,” said Mr. Rodrigue suggested.

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