Chantier de l’économie sociale’s response to Quebec’s 2022-2023 budget

MONTREAL, March 22, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – For the Chantier de l’économie sociale (Chantier), Quebec’s budget holds good news for certain sectors of the social economy, but cannot allow Quebec to take a new direction in favor of collective value creation and sustainable responses to our social and economic problems.

The pandemic has demonstrated the importance of changing our economic logic, which all too often leads to a lack of durable solutions. The budget is not what we expected from the social economy, which will be the preferred model for building greener, more cohesive and more sustainable communities. Unfortunately, the social economy movement is finding that its particularities have been ignored and important needs left unanswered. ”, laments Laurent Levesquechairman of the board of directors of Chantier.

Despite the demands of the social economy, Quebec does not currently provide itself with the means to take advantage of collective enterprise to accommodate its citizens, better manage its resources, and better equip its communities, which are essential to ensure adequate territorial development. the needs of all regions.

“We would like the government to pay more attention to social economy businesses that meet the needs of communities on a daily basis and that will nevertheless have to compete in their imagination to meet rising costs and maintain their essential services. part of the population adds Beatrice Alain, chief executive, who would like programs and agreements designed for the social economy to be indexed.

Adding to these difficulties is the lack of solutions to compensate for labor shortages and lack of investment to create vibrant communities in the heart of towns and villages.

Ms. Allen also notes that once again the government of Quebec supports business, ignoring the peculiarities of the social economy. Often in the form of equity investments or tax credits, some of the subsidies announced in the budget will not be available to collective enterprises. In doing so, he reminds the government of the importance of keeping this reality in mind when rolling out the new Québec Research and Innovation Strategy 2022-2027, the future Entrepreneurship Development Plan and the Business Transfer Fund.

Some requests from Chantier heard by the government

Website believes that the announcement of the completion of nearly 3,500 units announced under the AccèsLogis program is a step in the right direction. However, this catch-up only partially reflects the needs expressed by community housing stakeholders. There is still a shortage of 5,000 social and community housing units per year in addition to those included in budget announcements.

Similarly, Chantier welcomes a $785 million investment over five years to support the home. Social economy enterprises, precursors and significant in the sector, hope that these amounts will also be used to help them expand and maintain their services.

Collective entrepreneurs will be able to look forward to continued business support programs in the context of COVID and new government spending to support the tourism and cultural sectors, which have been particularly affected by the pandemic; ads that meet Worksite requirements.

Finally, the addition of 60 million over two years for the digital translation business, an investment of 18 million over three years to upgrade selective collection and storage, and the intention to expand mobile coverage of communities and highways are also good news. .

Please note that the Working Group provided its detailed recommendations as part of the preliminary budget consultations.

About the Social Economy Seminar

Construction site of social economy is an independent, impartial organization whose main task is to advise on the promotion and development of collective entrepreneurship in Quebec. The non-profit corporation Chantier brings together supporters of social economy enterprises (cooperatives and non-profit organizations) working in various fields of activity (communications, recreation, technology, housing, personal services, natural resources, training, financing, local services). , culture, etc.), representatives of major social movements and local development actors in urban and rural areas.

Briefly about the social economy of Quebec

There are more than 11,200 social economy businesses in Quebec with total sales of $47.8 billion. They provide jobs for more than 220,000 people.

SOURCE Social Economy Seminar

For more information: Joel Vaudeville, Public Affairs and Government Affairs Advisor, Tel: 438-507-9439, [email protected]

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