Bill 31 | Amendments will give more powers to cities

The Minister responsible for Housing, France-Élaine Duranceau will table amendments to Bill 31 aimed at giving more power to cities. This is a key element of its housing action plan promised by the end of fall.

Mme Duranceau participated Friday in the annual conference of the Association of Construction and Housing Professionals of Quebec (APCHQ) in downtown Montreal.

“Adding powers to cities will be part of the amendments to the bill,” the minister said in an interview. I think the regulatory framework at the municipal level needs to be more flexible to give powers to mayors and municipal administrations to advance projects that they deem appropriate for their municipality. »

The expected amendments to the bill were adopted by the council of ministers last Wednesday.

“With my amendments, we are improving Bill 31 by adding things that affect other ministries,” she explained. I spread my sandbox. Fellow ministers had something to say. My amendments were discussed last week and approved this week at the council of ministers on Wednesday.

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The CAQ government’s response to the housing crisis therefore includes the amendments to Bill 31, then the provisions on housing that will be included in the economic update from Finance Minister Eric Girard on November 7.

“Afterwards, we will submit the action plan in two stages. The first piece which will be tabled at the end of November will include short-term actions, very concrete measures. In certain cases, they will have been included in the amendments to Bill 31. The second part concerns the financing of the action plan. One part will be revealed in the November 7 update and the other in next spring’s budget. Between the action plan and the end of the year, we will take stock of the 12,000 social and affordable housing units at various stages of completion and the calls for projects. »

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