Another group calls for the rapid construction of 100,000 homes

Another group calls for the rapid construction of 100,000 homes

The Association of Construction and Housing Professionals of Quebec (APCHQ) is asking political parties in Quebec for a commitment: a plan for the rapid construction of 100,000 housing units.

“Quebec would be in deficit of approximately 100,000 housing units throughout the territory. Housing must absolutely be a priority issue in the context of the next election campaign. It is imperative to increase the pace and quickly provide Quebec households with affordable and sustainable housing units,” said the President and CEO of the APCHQ, Maxime Rodrigue.

The association calls for the development of a national housing policy within the first 100 days following the election.

One of the first challenges identified by the organization is the labor shortage that is particularly prevalent in this sector. Maxime Rodrigue considers that it is necessary to facilitate access to the industry and rely on the versatility of the workforce.

“It is high time to rethink the way in which we oversee development, to continue the process of regulatory relief and to reward municipalities that make efforts to speed up the various stages of authorization,” he believes.

Remember that there are 15,000 vacant positions in the construction industry. To remedy this shortage, the Association de la construction du Québec (ACQ) recommended setting up a temporary foreign worker program specific to the construction sector.

The ACQ also proposes to increase the offer of training related to this field of activity.

Housing affordability

The two organizations come to the same conclusion: housing needs are glaring. The APCHQ thus considers that the sharp rise in real estate prices is linked to an “anemic supply of existing properties”.

“We should be aiming for around 55,000 housing starts over the next 10 years to make up for the current deficit. Despite the gigantic challenge facing Quebec, housing starts have already reached a historic level. In fact, in 2021, nearly 68,000 housing starts were launched, the best year since 1987”, indicates the association.

She is also asking for a review of the terms and conditions for reimbursing the QST for the purchase of a new home.

The Popular Action Front in Urban Redevelopment (FRAPRU), for its part, is calling for the delivery of all the housing units already programmed in AccèsLogis, as well as the start of a major project of 50,000 social housing units in five years.

Sustainable housing

In order for the construction to have limited impacts on the environment, the APCHQ is in favor of densification. She sees it as the best way to fight against the scarcity of land and thus promote their affordability.

In addition, considering that 56% of Quebec housing was built before 1980, the association proposes the implementation of a subsidy up to 30% of work aimed at improving the energy efficiency of buildings.

“Facilitating the integration of accessory housing units and intergenerational housing would certainly be a step forward,” maintains Mr. Rodrigue.

More details to come…

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