(Montreal) The Minister responsible for Social Services, Lionel Carmant, was in Montreal on Wednesday morning to announce an improvement in respite services for people living with disabilities and their families.

Quebec will pay 50 million over five years to community organizations to increase the number of places available.

These respite services welcome people living with a disability in a safe environment to allow their caregivers to take a moment of rest. These may be day centers or temporary accommodation services.

Minister Carmant made the announcement at the premises of Le Phare, Children and Families.

During the election campaign last fall, the Coalition avenir Québec had promised to add 500 places in respite centers to support parents of disabled children by investing 100 million.

The announcement of 50 million would therefore be a first step towards respecting this commitment. Funds must be distributed across all regions.