After having promised it during their respective election campaigns, the mayor of Laval, Stéphane Boyer, and the mayor of Longueuil, Catherine Fournier, will jointly organize a summit on housing on August 26.
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The event, which will take place at the Center des congrès de l'Hôtel Sheraton, in Laval, aims to bring together a variety of actors concerned with housing in order to reflect on solutions to the current crisis that is hitting real estate than housing.
“Considering the scale and complexity of the challenges related to housing, the observation is clear: no player can face them alone. We need to work together and think outside the box,” Ms. Fournier said in a statement.
About 300 people are expected for the event, which will be structured around five discussion panels. The inventory, the land, legal and regulatory levers as well as the responsibilities of the municipal world will be among the topics that will be discussed. Various guest speakers will also be on hand.
“Housing-related issues affect Quebecers from all regions. Soaring rent prices, very low vacancy rates, renovations and overheated real estate are just a few examples of the challenges we must tackle,” said Mr. Boyer.
The two elected officials hope that the summit will give “the necessary impetus for taking action”, and that concrete actions can quickly be taken at the end of the event.
Last March, they met to lay the foundations for this event, explaining then, in an interview with the author of these lines, that they intended to carry out consultations and meet with experts ahead of the event in order to be able to present concrete solutions.