While the housing crisis is affecting many families in Quebec, more than 25,000 homes remain closed across the province, one organization has denounced.
The Association of Construction and Housing Professionals of Quebec (APCHQ) counted developers and builders more than 25,000 housing units — enough to house the entire population of Saint-Hyacinthe or Shawinigan — that could have been put on ice, it said in a news release. Tuesday.
An internal study conducted by APCHQ revealed that many projects will face issues related to social acceptance, administrative burdens related to issuing permits, as well as the political orientations of decision-makers.
“Although, according to the CMHC, it will be necessary to build more than 148,000 units per year to restore housing affordability, it is unacceptable that 25,000 units are frozen,” Maxime Rodrigue protested in a press release. APCHQ.
This blockage shows that the housing crisis can only be solved by implementing the National Policy for Architecture and Land Use Planning, according to APCHQ, which calls for urban densification.
But the 25,000-unit figure could only be the tip of the iceberg because many survey participants were reluctant to communicate about this topic so as not to “harm the deadlines of their projects that are currently in the hands of municipal or regional authorities,” according to a press release.
“We call on the provincial government, the cities and their urban planning advisory committees, as well as citizens, that the collective interest in housing for all Quebecers take precedence over the individual interest,” Mr. Rodrigue noted.