He is cutting back on his profits to help house foreign workers

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A construction entrepreneur from a modest family will slash his profits to build 400 units worth $85 million for temporary foreign workers (TFWs) across Quebec to give back.

“It came to get me because my great-grandparents arrived from Italy and Lithuania”, confides with emotion to the JournalNormand Cesare, president of Management and Construction Blueprint, founded six years ago.

“My mother raised six guys on her own. We learned that young. Christmas baskets, we had some. Today, we're giving back,” continues the committed entrepreneur from Marieville, Montérégie. 

In several regions of Quebec

With his partner, Patrice Bastien, he is preparing to build hundreds of units for temporary foreign workers (TFW) in Quebec.

Shawinigan (120), La Sarre and Notre-Dame-du-Nord (48 each), Buckland (96) and in the MRC of Montmagny (72) are among the communities where the homes will be built.

“It will be new buildings, clean, energy efficient, fully furnished. It goes as far as utensils and placemats,” launches Patrice Bastien.

“We are working on two shortages at the same time: labor and housing,” sums up the entrepreneur active in the voluntary sector. from his corner.

100,000 homes missing

In Quebec, a good 100,000 housing units are still missing, according to the Association of Construction and Housing Professionals of Quebec (APCHQ).

Congratulating the newly reelected Legault government, its CEO, Maxime Rodrigue, did not fail to remind him of the urgency “to deploy a serious policy”. 

” We do not have a choice. We heard from employers who were buying single-family homes to convert them into units for temporary foreign workers,” illustrated its director of the economic department, Paul Cardinal.

For Robert Stead, president of the Association Aide to immigration Canada, a non-profit organization, which came up with the idea for these units, we have to move.

“We have 91 people who have a permit, but who cannot land because of of housing”, laments the man at the head of around thirty employees.

No ghetto

At the Journal, Robert Stead insists: there is no question for him of “creating ghettos”, so he refuses to put people from the same country together.

“We mix. For example, four Colombians, four Tunisians, four Chinese, four Thais and four Quebecers to help them integrate more easily,” he explains.

“We don't want to create ghettos” , he concludes.

In total, the Immigration Assistance Canada Association aims to build more than 2,500 additional housing units over the next year.