In a recent announcement, Mayor Laurence Lavigne Lalonde introduced the eagerly awaited budget for VSP for the year 2024. The preface to the budget, delivered by Mayor Lalonde, paints a vivid picture of the transformative strides the city has taken in the past year and outlines the ambitious plans for the upcoming fiscal year.
Urban Greenery Takes Center Stage
Mayor Lalonde highlighted the remarkable shift toward green spaces within VSP in 2023. Sidewalk protrusions, flower beds, and public spaces now burst with a diverse palette of colors as gray makes way for a more vibrant cityscape. This change not only adds aesthetic value to neighborhoods but also aligns with VSP’s commitment to climate adaptation. Streets have become quieter, greener, and cooler, enhancing the overall pleasantness and safety for residents and visitors alike.
Parks have undergone a revitalization, becoming more attractive and resilient. They are now vibrant meeting places, accessible and bustling, fostering a sense of community among VSP residents. Even the alleys, once overlooked, are evolving into lively, green environments where neighbors and passersby engage in friendly exchanges.
Social Responsibility: A Holistic Approach
The Mayor emphasized the city’s collective commitment to nurturing both the youth and seniors of VSP. Financial support and backing for various projects developed by and for key stakeholders, in collaboration with valued partners, are at the forefront. Additional resources are directed toward places frequented by the youth, ensuring a supportive environment. Special attention is given to addressing the vulnerabilities of girls and others disproportionately affected by specific types of violence.
Efforts extend to vulnerable individuals, with a focus on providing solutions, starting with accessible and affordable housing. Proactive interventions are multiplying, and opportunities are seized to contribute to a more inclusive rental housing market.
Investment in Saint-Michel and Parc-Extension
Mayor Lalonde underscored an unprecedented investment in the neighborhoods of Saint-Michel and Parc-Extension. Historically underserved, these areas are receiving attention and resources like never before. The commitment to inclusivity and equity remains steadfast, even in the face of limited resources and the financial challenges citizens face due to inflation.
Administrators of the collective fund emphasize the need for fiscal responsibility. The pursuit of a balanced budget, without relying on surpluses, reflects a commitment to addressing present issues without burdening future generations.
Navigating Challenges Ahead
Acknowledging the impending climate and social challenges, Mayor Lalonde expressed a realistic outlook. While tough decisions lie ahead, the groundwork laid in this budget aims to cushion the impact and ensure a smoother transition. The emphasis is on unity and collective effort to meet the challenges head-on.