QUEBEC CITY, June 25, 2014 / CNW Telbec / – The member for Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and spokesman of the official opposition in housing, Carole Poirier , denounced the liberal cuts in various programs to support the home improvement that will affect particular persons with disabilities and low-income households in rural areas.
Indeed, the estimates of expenditure of Housing component revealed that the budget for the adaptation Program (RAAP) for the disabled would be reduced by two thirds, and that of RénoVillage program for the renovation regional, halved.
“This is very worrying. We’re talking total cuts of $ 28 million, 19 million only for Modification Program home. The Parti Québécois had acted to reduce wait times to qualify for this program. The cuts are therefore likely to further extend these deadlines. How many people with disabilities will be penalized? Minister Pierre Moreau confessed to having made no prior impact assessment. It therefore has no idea of the direct consequences of these cuts on the lives of people waiting for help to adapt their homes to their physical condition, “said Carole Poirier .
Recall that the Parti Québécois government had assistance to the most vulnerable people a priority. In November 2013, the member for Jonquière, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for the Société d’habitation du Québec, Sylvain Gaudreault , announced an amendment to the PAD for reduce the processing time of some applications. The average delay was increased from 45 months in 2006 to 2007 to 26 months in 2012-2013.
“Once again, the Liberal government is failing the most vulnerable people. Budget decisions seriously jeopardizes the improvement of the quality of life of low-income households in rural areas and persons with disabilities, serving the passage support the quest for autonomy of the latter, “said the spokesman.