(Montreal and Quebec) The Minister of Families Mathieu Lacombe promises that parents whose children attend a CPE that will be removed by the Montreal School Service Center will not experience “service disruption”.
Updated yesterday at 2:40 PM.
The press and Radio-Canada on Wednesday revealed that CPEs in the metropolis will be evicted by the Montreal School Service Center (CSSDM) by the end of June 2023. Notably, the CEOs of two CPEs had refused spectacular rent increases of up to 280% in some cases in recent years.
From the outset, the Minister for the Family, Mathieu Lacombe, recalled that the property was in a dilapidated state and required major renovations, which he said justified temporary or permanent relocations.
“We will try, as far as possible, to have it happen nearby. […] You see real estate in Montreal is difficult. So there are no miracle solutions,” Mr. Lacombe said in a press scrum in Quebec City on Wednesday.
In conversation with The press, the minister reiterated that “there will be no interruption in services because other organizations reporting to the government have not spoken to each other”. School service centers are in fact an entity of the Ministère de l’Éducation.
He assures his team will work to find a custom solution for each CPE, although he cannot say at this time what his game plan will look like for the coming months.
It has to be done on a case-by-case basis. If in one case the solution is to revise the eviction decision, then that will be done. If it is to be maintained in other cases, we must ensure that the CPE is transferred to other buildings that meet the needs of the children and their parents. Finally, if the CPE is not moved, we ensure that it has the financial means to pay the rent increase.
Mathieu Lacombe, Minister of the Family
Minister Lacombe also points out that “in the case of certain CPEs, they have received the amounts necessary to cover the rent increases, but for reasons belonging to them, they have decided to challenge these increases and file a lawsuit with the CSSDM by accumulating unpaid rent. It illustrates that this is a situation that is not easy and does not fall under the exclusive responsibility of the government.”
For example, the CSSDM is demanding a arrears of more than $300,000 from the CPE Idée Fixe, in Centre-Sud, given the rent increases imposed on the children’s center in a five-year lease that was submitted in 2018 and which was ultimately not signed.
mr. Insisting that the CSSDM has adjusted its rents to market value, Lacombe said the ministry “has responded and adjusted the amounts paid to certain CPEs”. He admits, however, that this amount is not directly proportional to the rent increases that the CPEs should expect.
Quebec Solidaire’s spokesperson for family affairs, Christine Labrie, filed a motion with the National Assembly on Wednesday asking the government to “support CPEs in their efforts to avoid eviction or, if necessary, to make their move in the area as soon as possible.” to fund”. This motion was passed unanimously.
In conversation with The press, Christine Labrie insisted that Québec Solidaire’s primary aim is to maximize the stability of families. “It’s the best way to avoid service interruptions,” she says. In his view, moving is a last resort.
It is recognized that some of these buildings may be outdated, or even in poor condition to accommodate relocation, but it has to be done locally.
Christine Labrie, spokesperson for Québec solidarity on family matters
She expresses the wish that the Ministries of Education and Family can “talk to each other”, “because the relocation of CPEs in the current real estate context will be very costly”.
She adds that “the best solution would be to agree to a rental that meets the needs of the CSSDM while ensuring that the CPEs are sufficiently funded by the Department of Families to allow them to occupy their current premises.”
The office of the mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, “hopes that the Quebec government, which is responsible for this, has found a solution”.
“It is unfortunate that families in Montreal are being held hostage due to a lack of cohesion between the Ministry of Families and Education. It is the well-being and future of Montreal children and educators who depend on it,” we were told in an email.
With the collaboration of Hugo Pilon-Larose, The press