Laval’s only Perinatal Resource Center (CRP) is again putting the pressure on the Quebec government for funding.
Last October, a delegation of families representing Mieux- Naître Laval met with the board of directors of the Laval integrated health and social services centre (CISSS) to present a voluminous file demonstrating the need for a local CRP. The board brought the file to the attention of Health Minister Gaétane Barrette for his assessment, but Barrette never responded.
Nor has the support and pull of cabinet colleague and Laval MNA Francine Charbonneau managed to even produce a meeting with Barrette and Mieux- Naître.
Last November, the city’s executive committee approved a measure to fund MNL to pay its rent, which had been due since July 1. “We warmly thank Mayor Marc Demers and the entire city council for this important support, which will provide rent until next March,” reads an announcement. “The challenge of obtaining funding for Laval’s CRP mission remains intact.”
City council passed a resolution last October asking Quebec to fund the CRP. The government still has not responded. Indeed, a letter from Demers to Premier Phillipe Couillard and Barrette went unanswered for more than a year.
For its part, last August the CISSS Laval says it already offers complete services in line with the ministry’s guidelines, said spokesperson Pierre-Yves Séguin. “In Laval, only services relating to breastfeeding support require a partnership agreement, already in place with Mieux-Naître for $35,000,” he says, adding the CISSS is prepared to continue that partnership.
The organization was founded in 2010 and began community activities in 2012, tripling its clientele between 2015 and 2017, offering health counselling, parenting workshops, breastfeeding advice, meetups and much more, helping young mothers forge friendships, offering support and helping keep up morale in difficult times for new parents.
The organization is planning an event on February 13 but details are not yet available.