For Immediate Release
Minister of Family, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos in Rivière-des-Mille-Îles to Address Poverty and Affordable Housing
BOISBRIAND, October 11, 2017– It is under the invitation from Marie-Claude Renaud, director of Community Youth Home for Basses-Laurentides and the member of parliament for Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, Linda Lapointe that the Minister of Family, Children and Social Development could meet with community stakeholders on two important issues: the new Canadian strategy to combat poverty and investments in affordable housing.
For the occasion, the Minister Duclos was at the Community Youth Home of the Basses Laurentides in Saint-Eustache and was able to meet with various organizations in the area to hear them and to address the issues of the Basses Laurentides in poverty, especially among our young people.
“Minister Duclos is a man of listening and action. Whether with the implementation of the Canada Child Allowance, which has enabled thousands of children to be withdrawn from the poverty line in July 2016, or with the Poverty Strategy, the minister and our government have a clear position that no one should be left behind. I am very proud that the Minister has been able to come and meet with our local stakeholders who are committed to making our community more inclusive every day, “added MP Lapointe.
Marie-Claude Renaud, director of the Community Youth Home of the Basses Laurentides: “It was a most enjoyable encounter and, above all, appreciated by all the speakers present. This is the first time in more than thirty years that a federal minister has just listen to the community organizations in the region, so we are pleased to have been able to welcome him and have a constructive dialogue with him»
Subsequently, a roundtable was held with stakeholders and Minister Jean-Yves Duclos to discuss a key issue for the Trudeau government; investment in affordable housing. It should be noted that the budget for 2017 proposed investing more than $ 11.2 billion over 11 years, as well as maintaining core funding for social housing agreements expiring. These investments are aimed at initiatives designed to build, renovate and repair Canada’s affordable housing stock and to help ensure that Canadians have housing that meets their needs.
Information: Jamee St-Hilaire, Parliamentary Assistant / Press Secretary Office of the Member for Rivière-des-Mille-Iles in Ottawa T.: 613-992-7330 | @: linda.lapointe.A1@parl.gc.ca