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The Quebec federation of chambers of commerce says building housing has become “an obstacle course,” even though there is a shortage of accommodation.

The federation met the press on Monday, along with three chambers of commerce representing the Lanaudière, Bas-Saint-Laurent and Abitibi-Témiscamingue regions.

“Construction projects take too long to see the light of day, and it’s an obstacle course from the decision to build and convert to the shovel in the ground’,” said federation president and CEO Charles Milliard.

Val-d’Or Chamber of Commerce director Hélène Paradis recounted the case of employers “who are buying houses to house their workers.”

One of them even bought a hotel to temporarily house workers until they find a more suitable home or accommodation, she reported.

Her colleague, Moulins Chamber of Commerce president Pierre Berthiaume reported a vacancy rate of 0.5 per cent in Mascouche and 0.2 per cent in Terrebonne.

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