International Seniors Day: Montreal announces measures to protect residences

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Montréal deploys additional measures to protect residences for seniors, on the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons. 

Several boroughs of Montreal , including Verdun and Ville-Marie, have already adopted amendments to their zoning regulations aimed at protecting residences for seniors (RPA) on their territory.

These new regulations prohibit conversions of RPA into a another type of dwelling, which will directly protect seniors.

Other boroughs have also committed to adopting local regulations to this effect during the fall.

These actions add additional protection that helps preserve the supply of residences for seniors in the metropolis and the health care offered there.

“We were all shocked to see seniors threatened with being deprived of health services in their place of residence. Even though residences for seniors fall under the Quebec government, it was essential for our administration to develop new tools to protect these living environments,” said the mayoress of Montreal, Valérie Plante.

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Taking the opportunity, the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, highlighted those who “built” the country.

“Seniors have worked hard all their lives to build a better Canada for the generations of today and tomorrow. On this National Seniors Day, I join all Canadians in paying tribute to seniors and highlighting the many contributions they make to our communities,” said Mr. Trudeau.

Le Réseau de cooperation of social economy enterprises in home assistance (EÉSAD) took the opportunity to recall the importance of home support in order to allow seniors to stay at home as long as possible thanks to the “Chez me for life.”

“During the election campaign, the EÉSADs proposed five immediately applicable solutions, and the population widely expressed its wish to see the shift towards home support accelerated. This is one of the ballot box questions. The next government will have no choice but to take into account the wishes of seniors and act quickly and concretely,” declared J. Benoit Caron, Executive Director of the EÉSAD Cooperation Network.

“Home support is the solution that promotes a humane and preventive approach,” he added.