Federal Election Assembly

IN THE VANCOUVER GRANVILLE FEDERAL ELECTORAL DISTRICT

Representatives from MVA's 50+ member organizations will make presentations on four issues - social inclusion, transit, income justice, and affordable housing - to candidates in the upcoming federal election and ask for a response and a commitment to work with MVA to make Metro Vancouver a better place for all.

Mira Oreck (NDP), Jody Wilson-Raybould (Liberal), Erinn Broshko (Conservative), and Michael Barkusky (Green) have all been invited to our first federal election assembly.
Metro Vancouver Alliance is a broad-based alliance of 52 civil society institutions from across the Metropolitan Vancouver who work together for the common good. At our Municipal Election Accountability Assembly  on October 19, 2014, we received commitments from local politicians on our civic agenda.
At the Assembly we will be asking candidates in the Vancouver Granville riding, to support our efforts on Income Justice, Affordable Housing, Transit and Social Inclusion at the federal level.
Income Justice
Vancouver has the second-highest child-poverty rate among Canada’s 20 largest urban centres despite the fact that a third of poor children live in working families. It requires two full time salaries of $20.86 per hour for a family of two adults and two children to have a limited, but adequate income to live in Vancouver.   Child care is the second-biggest expense for the living wage family after rent.  A universal $10 a Day Child Care Plan, would significantly reduce the living wage.
MVA commits to
  • Campaign tirelessly for every working person in Vancouver to be paid at least the Vancouver Living Wage.
  • Work towards all of our member communities becoming Living Wage Employers.
  • Urge other municipalities and employers to become living wage employers.
We are asking candidates to
  • Work with Metro Vancouver Alliance to advocate for a universal, high quality $10 a day childcare plan, as proposed by the BC Coalition of Childcare Advocates.
  • Work with MVA to research and develop a comprehensive strategy to address income justice at the federal level and then to advocate for it, for example, via private members bill.
Affordable Housing
Rising housing costs and rent have led to a crisis of affordability. Vancouver is ranked as one of the least affordable cities in the world for average families. Despite rising levels of homelessness, Canada remains the only G8 nation in the world without a housing strategy, and the Federal government continues to cut funding to housing and homelessness programs.
MVA commits to
  • Monitor the enforcement of existing maintenance and renovation by-laws.
  • Work with our member institutions and municipal authorities to develop innovative solutions to the affordability crisis.
We are asking candidates to
  • Work with Metro Vancouver Alliance to support a collaborative approach with other levels of government to develop a national housing strategy which includes measurable goals and timelines for implementation and monitoring; measures to address the needs of specific marginalized populations; and dedicated federal funding to implement housing solutions that meet the national strategy targets.
  • Commit to invest in the maintenance and renewal of existing affordable housing stock.
Social inclusion
Strong neighborhoods and inclusion and support of marginalized groups are central to a healthy community. From neighbourhood to neighbourhood MVA members are asking one another what they can do about the refugee crisis. The urge to respond is real. Yet people’s desire to help is being met by restrictive federal immigration and refugee policies.
MVA commits to
  • Use the strength of MVA member institutions and neighbourhood clusters to reach out to and support both new and long-term refugee communities.
We are asking candidates to
  • Work with Metro Vancouver Alliance to eliminate barriers to acceptance and settlement of refugees, including:
    • Removal of caps and limits to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees program?
    • Ease the documentation requirement for Groups of Five sponsorships.
    • Fast-track Syrian refugees who have family in Canada.
    • Restore full Interim Federal health coverage for refugees resettled in Canada.
Transit
Public Investment in frequent, affordable, accessible transit and HandyDART service enhances mobility options for everyone and creates significantly more jobs and less greenhouse gas emission per dollar than urban roadway expansion. Lowering transit fares while increasing transit service has both climate and social justice benefits, and requires more investments in operations than capital. With stable long term funding, we can make transit more accessible and affordable -- reliable and safe even for the most vulnerable of our residents.

MVA commits to
  • Work with our member organizations to access the need for improved transit in their communities.
  • Continue to campaign for frequent, affordable, accessible transit  across Metro Vancouver.
  • Encourage political participation in our member institutions to increase levels of voter turnout.
We are asking candidates to
  • Work with the MVA to make federal funds available for transit operating costs as part of a national transit strategy.

Spread the word within your organization! Download a poster as .docs or a poster as .pdf

WHEN
September 30, 2015 at 7pm - 9pm
WHERE
Langara College
100 W 49th Ave
Lecture Hall A130
Vancouver, BC V5Y 2Z6
Canada
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