MVA Leaders meet with Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Services and Poverty Reduction


Left to right: Deborah Littman Organizer MVA, Barbara Brown Christ Church Cathedral and behind her Brenda Beck, St. Laurence Anglican Church, The Hon. Shane Simpson Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, AJ Brown, Christ Church Cathedral, James Cavalluzzo, BC Government Employees Union, The Rev. Margaret Marquardt, Diocese of New Westminster Eco-Justice Unit and Tracey Maynard, Lead Organizer, MVA

Leaders from MVA (Metro Vancouver Alliance) member organizations met with Provincial Minister Simpson (January 23, 2018) to follow-up on the commitments made to MVA at the Provincial Election Accountability assembly regarding the clawback of CPP from those on disability.

On April 4, 2017, John Horgan and Andrew Weaver committed to ending the clawback for CPP benefits for those on disability in response to AJ Brown and Barbara Brown's testimonies on the impact of this clawback on families in our communities. They described the tough choices that have to be made when not being able to make ends meet, including facing depression and pain and not being able to afford appropriate treatment and have enough to pay rent.

Minister Simpson agreed to meet with us again in April following the conclusion of the Poverty Reduction Forums that are in progress now.  MVA will continue to work diligently towards this concern as part of the poverty reduction strategy legislation and regulation. We will continue to work with our partners in the Poverty Reduction Coalition on this and other issues related to poverty in the lower mainland. 

The Rev. Margaret Marquardt, Chair, Diocesan Eco-Justice Unit and the Coordination committee of Metro Vancouver Alliance.

The Anglican Diocese of New Westminster is a Sponsoring Organization of MVA

Please email us at [email protected] to join the team working on the clawback of CPP benefits for those on disability pension in BC.

MVA at the BCGEU Leadership Lab at the CLC Harrison Winter School


MVA Organizers Tracey Maynard and Deborah Littman and Greater Victoria Acting Together organizer Flossie Baker joined this inspiring group of BCGEU activists from across the province at the CLC Harrison Winter School.


We practiced methods for engaging members with listening and making use of existing member-to-member outreach programs to build deeper connections within the membership.


We discussed mapping community connections within the membership to identify activists who will make the union visible in the community on the issues that matter most.


MVA works with our members to have a community impact by developing leaders in civil society organizations. 

Please contact us at [email protected] for more information on how your organization can develop and train leaders to strengthen your union or organization and have a community impact.

Minister Darcy names community organizing approach for tackling the fentanyl crisis


MVA leaders from BCGEU, United Way and BCTF attended Minister Judy Darcy's session on Mental Health and Addictions at the CLC Harrison Winter School and were very pleased to hear community organizing recommended as the best approach to tackling the fentanyl crisis across the province.  The Minister recommends civil society groups coming together - everybody needs to be at the table. 

Minister Darcy will be attending our sister organization GVAT's forum on the fentanyl crisis in early March in Victoria.

MVA Transit Team at TransLink Board Meeting - December 2017

MVA leaders attended the TransLink Board Meeting today on behalf of our members in support of improving HandyDART service, protecting HandyDART workers and increasing accountability and oversight over service delivery.

Our civil society organizations are greatly impacted by gaps and inconsistencies in HandyDART service and we will to continue to assist TransLink and the provincial government to address these urgent priorities.

Download MVA's submission to the Board

MVA South Van Social Inclusion Sidewalk Project


MVA's South Vancouver Social Inclusion Team has been very active this fall working with the City of Vancouver to upgrade the sidewalks in our neighbourhood.

The South Vancouver cluster is made up of MVA member institutions in the neighbourhood - St. Thomas Anglican Church, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, First Lutheran Church and St. Mary's Catholic Parish.

Each did a listening campaign and heard from their members that social isolation was a major pressure facing families in the neighbourhood. We heard that sidewalk disrepair was causing social isolation among seniors and those with mobility challenges, such as needing a flat surface to use their a walker or wheelchair.


"After determining sidewalk safety as the project to work on, we went out and mapped the locations in our neighbourhoods where the sidewalks were in disrepair. Many people affected by this issue are in their 80's, so using digital cameras or phones to make the report was challenging. We used the MVA network and partnered with the youth from South Van Neighbourhood house.  We planned an intergenerational walk through the neighbourhood, partnered up, and our youth partners documented the sidewalks that needed upgrades on their ipads."

"We pooled the resources of 4 community organizations to get it done, and included as many people as we could from each organization to make it a true neighbourhood event and a learning experience for all. It definitely strengthened the relationships in our community and a sense of belonging and responsibility for our neighbourhood." Jayne Fenrich, co-chair of the Social Inclusion team who lead the project.

One of the youth said "After walking with the seniors I realized how hard it was to move a walker over a little crack I didn't think was a big deal. I see now that unsafe sidewalks can affect anyone, even me. If I were to to break my leg I would be in the same situation."


Once we completed our report, we contacted the city of Vancouver.

Eric Mital and Michael Irwin, Asset Managers met with us at South Van Neighbourhood House to review our report and explain how sidewalks were maintained. 

Barbara Warner, Social Inclusion Team member explained the impact of unsafe sidewalks on seniors, and how a recent fall left her with a broken hip.

We asked lots of questions and found out that there are 2,000km of sidewalks in the City of Vancouver.  Each year the sidewalk is audited at least once, and if it is in need of repair, it will be fixed within 7 days. We learned that sidewalks are fixed if the gap was more than 2.5 cm. 

The city officials were impressed by our work and made a commitment to take our report and compare it with their own audit. We will be doing another intergenerational walk in the spring and Eric and Michael will join us to see our process and explain how sidewalks are maintained.

It was encouraging to have city officials so engaged with us and forthcoming with the information that allowed our team to contribute to the process. One of the youth remarked in our closing round, "Wow, I now know a lot about sidewalks!"

We are proud of our work, happy to get our sidewalks in better repair and glad to have formed new working relationships between MVA organizations in our neighbourhood and with the city of Vancouver.  

Stay tuned for the next Social Inclusion Team sidewalk project and email [email protected] if you want to do one in your neighbourhood.

MVA and the Walk for Reconciliation, September 24, 2017

Metro Vancouver Alliance members will be joining in the Walk for Reconciliation in Vancouver on September 24. We are walking because we want to show our commitment to the reconciliation movement. Together we are creating a vibrant Canada where all peoples achieve their full potential and shared prosperity.

Reconciliation starts with you and reconciliation belongs to all of us. We hope you will join our team at the Walk for Reconciliation.

Join and support the spirit of ‘Namwayut - We are all one. Hope to see you there.

MVA congratulates BC NDP and BC Green Party leaders on historic accord, looks forward to working together on commitments made at the MVA Provincial Election Assembly.

On behalf of our 57 member organizations, representing over 700,000 people across British Columbia, Metro Vancouver Alliance congratulates John Horgan, Andrew Weaver, and the BC NDP and BC Green Party caucuses on the historic agreement they reached this week.

MVA also calls on Christy Clark to convene the Legislature without delay, so that all the parties can begin to work together for the betterment of the province. To that end, we will be asking Liberal Party representatives and MLAs to meet with us to discuss the proposals MVA brought forward at our Provincial Accountability Assembly in April and MVA Leaders will be meeting soon to discuss how to move forward with the commitments made by Mr. Horgan and Mr. Weaver.

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BC NDP re-confirms commitment to community health

At MVA's Provincial Accountability Assembly earlier this month, MVA delegates asked John Horgan and Andrew Weaver to build a strong foundation for healthcare in BC by improving access to and funding for primary health care facilities.

MVA asked the candidates to;

  • Commit to establishing a primary health care partnership table, including representatives from Aboriginal and multicultural communities, to identify strategies to reform BC’s primary health care system.
  • Work with the Metro Vancouver Alliance and the BC Association of Community Health Centres to develop an annualized global funding model for Community Health Centres in British Columbia that encompasses the package of salaried, team-based primary care, health promotion, disease prevention, community development initiatives and social services.
  • Invest in 20 new community-governed, not-for-profit or cooperative Community Health Centres throughout British Columbia to provide more British Columbians access to primary health care when and where needed.

Both Mr. Horgan and Mr. Weaver agreed with MVA's proposals. The BC NDP has just reconfirmed that commitment in a letter to the British Columbia Association of Community Health Centres which is available here.

Regardless of who wins the upcoming provincial election, MVA looks forward to working together with the provincial party leaders to strengthen healthcare in BC.

Video: Provincial Election Assembly, April 4 2017

Over 800 enthusiastic delegates from MVA’s 57 member organizations, joined by dozens of invited community leaders, politicians, guests and observers packed the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver earlier this month.

They were all there to call on John Horgan, Leader of the New Democratic Party of BC, and Andrew Weaver, Leader of the Green Party of BC, to support MVA’s provincial agenda and work with us to address the affordable housing crisis, access to transit, income inequality and healthcare in British Columbia.

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Over 800 delegates heard commitments from provincial party leaders. Our Provincial Election Accountability Assembly was a success!

Over 800 enthusiastic delegates from MVA’s 57 member organizations, joined by dozens of invited community leaders, politicians, guests and observers packed the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver on April 4, 2017.


They were all there to call on John Horgan, Leader of the New Democratic Party of BC, and Andrew Weaver, Leader of the Green Party of BC, to support MVA’s provincial agenda and work with us to address the affordable housing crisis, access to transit, income inequality and healthcare in British Columbia.

Earlier that day, we received word that Christy Clark, Leader of the BC Liberal Party, was unavailable.


In the months and days leading up to our assembly, leaders from MVA’s faith, community and aboriginal organizations had contacted Ms. Clark’s office directly to encourage her to participate, making it clear that MVA is a non-partisan organization with a diversity of member organizations and that our model is to treat all political leaders respectfully. Unfortunately, we were told that Ms. Clark could not make the assembly work with her schedule.

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Member Institutions Accomplishments IAF Northwest


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