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Vaudreuil-Soulanges seeks residents’ feedback for updated social development policy


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

The committee members responsible for updating the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges Sustainable Social Development Policy (SSDP). Philippe Roy (left), Développement Vaudreuil-Soulanges; Guy Francoeur, CISSS Montérégie-Ouest; Raymond Larouche, President of the Territorial Committee for Sustainable Social Development and Mayor of Les Cèdres; Francine Saint-Denis, Commission scolaire des Trois-Lacs; Philippe Toupin, Corporation de développement communautaire (CDC) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges and Sébastien Legros, MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

Continuing changes in the population demographics throughout the region has prompted the Municipalité Régionale de Comté (MRC) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges to launch a new initiative to update its Sustainable Social Development Policy (SSDP). The announcement was made during a press conference at the Patate et Persil restaurant in Vaudreuil-Dorion last Thursday, April 5.

About 80 residents and representatives from various community groups and organizations attended the event to throw their support behind the initiative which will gather socio-economic data that will be used to enhance the life of the region’s residents.

Cultural and social changes

For Raymond Larouche, President of the MRC Territorial Committee for Sustainable Social Development and Mayor of Les Cèdres, the new public consultation process will take into consideration not only the population growth that has taken place within the region since the first SSDP was adopted, it will also address the various cultural and social changes that have also occurred since then.

“We want to get input from all Vaudreuil-Soulanges citizens in the coming weeks. We want to know what their current needs are so that we can put our efforts in the right places. We want to make a real difference in improving the quality of life and wellbeing of everyone who lives in the 23 municipalities that make up the MRC,” said Larouche.

MRC at the forefront

The MRC was at the forefront in developing its first SSDP in 2006 when it launched its first consultation process that involved the participation of 121 community organizations and 80 citizens. It was adopted two years later in 2008.

Some of the changes the revised SSDP will take into consideration include the evolving demographics related to the impact that immigration and an aging population is having on the region. It will also take into consideration several other important social aspects, including education, health care, and transportation.

Online survey

Residents are encouraged to provide their input by participating in a bilingual, online survey by answering questions on their current social status and making recommendations on how the current SSDP can be modified to provide the types of services that are needed. The survey is available at votepourca.com/vs/.

The specific nature of the SSDP makes it possible for the committee to act locally and regionally in order to support and develop partnerships between organizations within the region. Its objective is to foster the continuous improvement of the quality of life of citizens and the well-being of communities in an integrated and sustainable perspective.

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