Valérie Plante is committed to adopt a program of preventive inspections to fight against unsanitary housing

Montreal - October 27th, 2017

In brief

Nearly one in three Montreal households live in unsanitary conditions. Valérie Plante, leader of Projet Montréal and aspiring mayor of Montreal, is committed to fighting this important public health problem by adopting a program of preventive inspections. By doubling the number of building inspectors working for the City of Montreal, Projet Montréal wants to inspect 100,000 priority housing units within 5 years. A public information registry will also be created and updated regularly to provide public authorities with the means to analyze and monitor the state of housing in Montreal.

Highlights

• Projet Montréal will adopt a preventive inspection program to prevent the rental housing stock from deteriorating to the extent it becomes unsanitary.

• Thanks to the additional inspectors, a new mobile team of inspectors will be set up. Its mandate will be to inspect 100,000 priority housing units within five years and to produce an annual report on the state of housing in Montreal.

• Projet Montréal will finally establish a public registry on Montreal housing in order to provide authorities with the necessary data to conduct a rigorous analysis and monitoring of the state of housing in the city.

Quotes

"We can no longer tolerate that one out of every three households in Montreal is struggling with unsanitary conditions. As Mayor of Montreal, I will take matters into my own hands. We must stop waiting for problems of insalubrity to become obvious before taking action. We must be proactive and act upstream to prevent them. Through a program of preventive inspections, we will be able to improve the quality of life of those affected by this scourge. All Montrealers have the right to live in healthy and safe housing." - Valérie Plante, leader of Projet Montréal and aspiring mayor of Montreal

"Many large cities have already chosen to invest in prevention measures, including Toronto and Boston, and have achieved success. Montreal must do the same. The preventive inspection program, which will enable us to inspect 100,000 priority housing units within five years, will provide us with a clear picture of the situation in Montreal and the ability to act quickly when necessary. We must not wait for Montrealers to find themselves in untenable situations to move forward. " - Richard Ryan, city council candidate in the Mile-End and Projet Montréal spokesperson for housing

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