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The chaos to find movers within the 1st

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The countdown is felt for thousands of tenants who will have to leave their homes in the coming days. They struggle to find removals, which alone are unable to meet the demand.

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“We have an unprecedented volume of calls. People are constantly calling for the same day or the next day, we’ve never seen this! says Chantale Paquet, owner of Prix modique – relocation and storage, in Quebec City.

Because affordable housing is particularly scarce this year, it took people longer to find the rare pearl and then contact the movers, he explains.


Clan Panneton working to help a family move to Saint-Lambert, near Montreal.

Photo QMI Agency, Marcel Tremblay

Clan Panneton working to help a family move to Saint-Lambert, near Montreal.

A situation that was also observed by the co-owner of the Panneton Clan, Pierre-Olivier Cyr, on the side of Montreal.

“I have never received so many calls for 1uh July at this time of year. However, we have been full for at least 3 months! “He says, noting the panicked feeling of these last-minute customers.

The increase in the cost of removals, which for some is sometimes up to 50% more than in previous years, does not seem to scare them. “They are ready for anything, they are sick”, explains Mmyself Package.

Impossible to provide

One of the causes of this problem is also the lack of manpower. Low Price: Moving and storage is limited to twenty trips a day, which has lost 30% to 40% of its employees and trucks.


A sketchy scene in Lac-Beauport.

Photo QMI Agency, Marcel Tremblay

A sketchy scene in Lac-Beauport.

As for the Quebec branch of Déménagement La Capitale, we are limited to a dozen “jobs” per day, while we have a request to do 70 on 1uh July.

“But I don’t have the staff. Obviously, to get the best, we had to pay the price, ”says the general manager of the branch, Jean-Sébastien Bonin.

Clan Panneton is, for its part, obliged to appeal to agencies in the Montreal region to meet demand.

“But in the rest of Quebec there is a total and total shortage,” says Pierre-Olivier Cyr.

perfect storm

The latter also explains that the movers and their clients are facing a perfect storm.

In addition to scarce and expensive labor, movers are struggling to repair their trucks or buy new ones due to parts supply problems.

Added to this is runaway inflation, which doubles the price of boxes considerably, and the cost of gasoline, which has drastically increased with the war in Ukraine.

“We are planning difficult weeks for moving, we don’t want to pass the bill to customers. We’re not even sure [d’être rentables] this year, ”complains Mr. Cyr.

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