MONTREAL, 22 March 2022 / CNW Telbec / – For the Chantier de l’économie sociale (Chantier), the Quebec budget contains good news for certain sectors of the social economy, but is unable to allow Quebec to take a new direction benefit from the collective value creation and construction of sustainable responses to our social and economic challenges.
” The pandemic will have shown the importance of changing our economic logic, which all too often translates into the absence of lasting solutions. The budget is not what we expected the social economy to be the preferred model for building greener, more united and more resilient societies. Unfortunately, the socio-economic movement finds that its peculiarities have been ignored and that important needs have not been answered. “, Sorry Laurent LevesqueChairman of the Board of Chantiers.
Despite the demands of the social economy, Quebec is not currently providing the means to benefit from collective entrepreneurship to house its citizens, better manage its resources and better equip its communities, all of which are essential conditions for ensuring territorial development. that meets the needs of all regions.
“We would like the government to pay more attention to socio-economic enterprises that meet the needs of local communities on a daily basis, and yet have to compete in the imagination to meet rising costs and maintain their essential services. Adds Béatrice Alain, CEO, who particularly wants the programs and agreements aimed at the social economy to be indexed.
To these difficulties come the lack of solutions to make up for the lack of labor and the lack of investment to create dynamic communities in the hearts of cities and villages.
Ms. Alain also notes that the Quebec government is once again ignoring the peculiarities of the social economy. Often in the form of equity investments or tax deductions, additional funding announced in the budget will not be available to collective companies. It therefore reminds the Government of the importance of taking this reality into account in the implementation of the new Québec Research and Innovation Strategy 2022-2027, the Future Entrepreneurship Plan and the Business Transfer Fund.
Certain requests from Chantier heard by the government
Since considers that the announcement of the completion of almost 3,500 announced units of the AccèsLogis program is a step in the right direction. However, this acquisition only partially reflects the needs expressed by stakeholders in the local community. There is still a shortage of 5,000 social housing and shared housing per year in addition to those that were the subject of budget announcements.
Similarly, Chantier pays tribute to the $ 785 million investment over five years in home support. Socio-economic enterprises, forerunners and significant in the sector, hope that these sums will also be used to help them expand and maintain their services.
Collective entrepreneurs will be able to look forward to the continuation of business support programs under COVID and new public spending in support of the tourism and culture sectors, which are particularly affected by the pandemic; messages that meet the requirements of the workplace.
Finally, the addition of 60 million over two years to the digital shift of businesses, the investment of 18 million over three years for the modernization of selective collection and disposal and the intention to expand the mobile coverage of areas inhabited areas and highways is also good news.
Note that the working group presented its detailed recommendations as part of the pre-budget consultations.
About the Social Economics Workshop
The construction site of The Social Economy is an independent, non-partisan organization whose main mandate is consultation for the promotion and development of collective entrepreneurship in Quebec. A non-profit enterprise, Chantier brings together entrepreneurs of socio-economic enterprises (cooperatives and non-profit organizations) working in several sectors of activity (communication, leisure, technologies, housing, personal services, natural resources, education, financing, local services, culture, etc.). ), representatives of major social movements and local development actors in urban and rural areas.
The social economy of Quebec in short
Quebec has more than 11,200 socio-economic enterprises, representing total sales of $ 47.8 billion. These provide employment for more than 220,000 people.
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