The Montreal Metropolitan Community (CMM) today adopted its very first Metropolitan Housing Policy. The organization bringing together 82 municipalities is thus giving itself the tools to send a strong message saying that all the cities of Greater Montreal are united behind the issue of housing and the issue of access to housing.
The 75-page document, the result of several public consultations held over the past few months, is articulated around three major orientations: sustaining and accelerating the development of the social and community housing stock; develop a quality, affordable, sufficient and diversified residential offer; and support the development of quality living environments and thoughtful densification.
The Mayor of Montreal and President of the CMM, Valérie Plante, considers that this first Policy will promote concerted action between all the players. “The housing shortage and the affordability crisis have serious consequences for the population of Greater Montreal. The policy proposes actions that will promote greater housing affordability and the development of more inclusive and sustainable living environments.”
“With the addition of social and affordable housing targets in the PMAD, which contains proven minimum density thresholds, the CMM will position itself as one of the most proactive metropolitan regions to ensure social diversity in its communities. life”, added Valérie Plante, Thursday, during the presentation of the policy.
The President of the Housing and Social Cohesion Commission and Mayor of Mascouche, Guillaume Tremblay, indicates that the Metropolitan Housing Policy aims to ensure that each household in the metropolitan area can find housing according to their needs and its means. “It also aims to ensure that the housing supply deployed contributes to creating complete and inclusive living environments that are more user-friendly and promote ecological transition.”
To support municipalities in this regard—particularly small and medium-sized ones—the CMM will set up a support program for thoughtful densification and social diversity, within the framework of which experts will help it identify and implement diverse housing strategies and develop tools to promote the inclusion of social and affordable housing. The CMM will also endeavor to document and analyze the needs, issues and best practices, and will put in place mechanisms aimed at better concerted action by the players.
At the same time, the CMM will step up its actions with governments to ensure adequate funding for programs as well as the adoption of legislative amendments to increase available space and promote the start-up of new residential projects.
And the funding?
Questioned, on the sidelines of the press conference, about the financing of all these noble objectives, the vice-president of the CMM and mayor of Laval, Stéphane Boyer, affirms that “the message today is strong. It shows that all the cities of Greater Montreal are united behind the issue of housing. By giving ourselves common tools to share between the cities, we are sending a request to Quebec to have a collaboration to implement this policy”.
“To settle the housing issue, everyone has to get their hands dirty,” he adds. The Government of Quebec must play a greater role financially, but also by giving us legal powers so that we can act more quickly and more effectively.”
The mayor of Laval admits that the time is right for the government to make announcements soon. “You know, I still believe in the magic of Christmas,” he concludes.