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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