Gervais Darisse is also the mayor of Saint-André-de -Kamouraska. (File photo)
There are 128 RPAs in Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie and the Islands, including 63 NPOs that are members with us and of that, there are around ten that are category 3 and the rest are ;is category 1. Of those which are category 3, there are two or three which have more than 30 housing units, specifies Mr. Darisse.
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The different categories ofRPA and their services
Category1 – Autonomous non-profit strong>
Category2 – Autonomous for-profit
Category3 – Semi-autonomous with or without profit
Category4 – Semi-autonomous with or without profit
Tuesday's announcement therefore affects category 3 and 4 RPAs.
Mr. Darisse would have liked this financial assistance to concern all non-profit residences, regardless of their category.
Housing non-profit organizations generate very little income from their farms and employees are generally paid fairly modest salaries, so there are needs and it's difficult to close budgets, he explains.
The non-profit sector is there to provide services. It is financial aid for services, not to make a profit.
A quote from Gervais Darisse, president of the board of directors of FOHBGI
Quebec indicates that this measure also aims to curb the current wave of RPA closures.
It gives a glimmer of hope, it gives a little breath to the smaller residences, which were more threatened with closure, mentions Mr. Darisse on this point.
He still hopes that the Minister responsible for Seniors, Sonia Bélanger, will expand this financial assistance to support all non-profit RPAs, notwithstanding its number of housing units.
In Matanie, fewer and fewer places in RPA since 2022