Residential construction reached record highs in Quebec's two largest cities in 2021.
< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">In the census metropolitan areas (CMA) of Quebec and Montreal, the foundations of 9,389 and 32,343 housing units were poured in 2021, a record for 30 years.
The APCHQ also notes that with 8,290 and 24,149 construction starts respectively in 2022, the performance of the capital and the metropolis easily stands out from the lows recorded in the 1990s.
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In 1999, Quebec claimed 1,814 construction starts. Montreal didn't do much better in 1998, with 10,675 units.
Very discreet since the exit of his leader, the lieutenant for Quebec of the Conservative Party, Pierre Paul-Hus, softens his tone.
Confronted with the figures of the APCHQ, he is careful not to repeat Pierre Poilievre's qualifier, but specifies that the mayors remain responsible for the slowdown in construction starts.
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The lieutenant for Quebec of the Conservative Party of Canada, Pierre Paul-Hus.
The 2023 data for construction in Montreal and Quebec are catastrophic, he deplores in a statement sent to Radio-Canada. Builders blame the endless delays in obtaining permits and the bureaucratic cumbersomeness.
In Quebec, Mayor Marchand is committed to speeding up the issuance building permits in 2024.
During the first meeting of the municipal council last week, he admitted that several real estate developers were waiting too long before launch their construction site.
They are right, it has to go faster, he said.
In Montreal, Valérie Plante continues to rely on her Regulations for a mixed metropolis, which aims to force builders to include social housing in their real estate projects.
She is optimistic that housing starts will start to rise again in the coming months.