Committee to keep young families in Montreal

Posted By: Laura Casella · 11/16/2012 12:55:00 PM

The Minister responsible for the Montreal region presented a committee to reporters today whose goal it is to prevent people from flocking to the suburbs.

Jean-Francois Lisée says thousands of young families are leaving the island each year. It's a serious problem that is threatening the city's future. 

"If we want Montreal to be a vibrant island with people of all generations, with schools full of children, we need to stem the number of families that are leaving the island," he says. 

The most obvious reason why they are leaving he says is because homes in the suburbs are more affordable.

"They are leaving for primarily, by far, cost reasons."

But another reason he says is because people are not finding the homes that suit their wants and needs in Montreal.

"There are people that want to stay," he says,"but they are just not finding the right homes for them."

The 20-person commitee whose members include city, community, and financial sector representatives, will present its first report in the new year. Solutions may include more financial incentives and tax breaks for families.

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  1. Paul posted on 11/16/2012 01:03 PM
    It is inconsistent that public works projects are inflated by 30% to 40% because of corruption all the while raising taxes. Fix the corruption, lower taxes by 25 to 30 % and people will start coming back.
  2. anthony posted on 11/16/2012 01:12 PM
    Here are a few reasons why I left
    -Welcome Tax
    -higher tax rate than some places in subs
    -Cheaper housing costs
    -Traffic and Noise
  3. sam posted on 11/16/2012 03:04 PM
    you know I did everything I could to find an affordable house on island and I could not do it. You don't need a commitee to understand that city life is pricy, the housing is costly and not worth it. for what I seen on island I doubled my land space and house size off island.
  4. Susan posted on 11/17/2012 09:35 AM
    Lets stop wasting Money!!! Houses at the center of town in ANY major city of the world are expensive. There you go, my advice was free.

    I think homeowners should start a class action suit against the city for mismanagement of funds and give us a 40% rebate every year that they are aware of the corruption ( since 2004, I believe)
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