City Issues

Homelessness

Homelessness continues to be a challenge for our community and for many communities throughout the county. There are no easy solutions. The path forward will require the collective efforts of the entire community: all level of government working collaboratively and in a coordinated fashion with our great community partners in the non-profit, faith-based, and business communities. Working together we can compassionately address this issue and avoid the outcomes now plaguing so many communities.

Housing

Housing affordability is a problem. Demand has been outpacing supply and prices continue to increase much faster than wages. We lack the full array of housing options needed to make housing available and affordable for all income levels. We need strategies to increase the supply of housing in all three of these categories: subsidized— for those with the lowest incomes; income-based— for those with moderate incomes; and market-rate— for those who have the means.

Transportation

Everyone in our City should be able to get where they want to go, when they want to get there, safely and cost-effectively. It is unacceptable that our city has the highest mortality rate for incidents between cars and bikes / pedestrians. Addressing this challenge will require ongoing investments in maintaining our existing roads while at the same time upgrading more roads to “complete streets”; safe for all modes of transportation. We can and must make the investments in our infrastructure to make Vancouver a safer city.

Economic Development

Vancouver is poised to capitalize on the tremendous economic momentum occurring today. Our future is bright! 2020 saw record numbers of cranes in Downtown Vancouver bringing jobs and housing with them. The progress doesn’t stop there. In East Vancouver three projects are underway along the 192nd corridor which will bring with them thousands of jobs and more housing while simultaneously creating vibrant new green recreation spaces for all to enjoy. In Central Vancouver, the Heights redevelopment plan is nearly complete and will, in the years to come, bring jobs, housing, and recreation opportunities to a prime location— on a future high capacity transit route—which had grown old, tired, and underutilized.