On June 2, The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Member of Parliament for Compton-Stanstead and Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, hosted a regional meeting on affordable housing as part of public consultations on a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy.
About a dozen key stakeholders from greater Sherbrooke and Compton-Stanstead met at the Lennoxville constituency office to discuss affordable housing issues. They shared ideas and made recommendations to guide the government as it prepares this new strategy.
Attendees said it is important to consider the special needs of each client group such as women victims of violence, seniors, large families and people with disabilities. They also stressed that access to safe and affordable housing is essential for everyone’s dignity and well-being, and it is often the first step toward independence or a better quality of life. Everyone said that housing programs need to be flexible to allow different communities, such as rural and urban, to come up with innovative projects suited to their specific needs.
“This consultation sparked some interesting discussions, which led to some very constructive ideas. I learned a lot from these discussions, which will help shape new Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy programs,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau.
The 2017 budget includes an over $11.2 billion investment over 11 years to build, renew and repair affordable housing across the country.
The comments heard at this meeting will be summarized in a report to the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. Those interested can also join the discussion online until the end of June by visiting the Employment and Social Development Canada website.