Over the past year and a half MVA has held thousands of conversations with people from our member institutions about the challenges they face and the changes they want from to see from their Civic government.
At our Municipal Accountability Assembly next week, we will commit to working with Vancouver's Civic government on the four issues - social isolation, transit, poverty, and housing - that our member institutions felt they had in common and could work on together. We will also ask candidates in the upcoming municipal election to commit to specific, achievable, proposals - proposals that will make Vancouver a more inclusive, fairer, better housed city, where citizens can travel on a well-planned, accessible, affordable transit system.
Here are our commitments and our proposals.
Social isolation is widespread problem with serious long term consequences. In a recent Vancouver Foundation survey, one in four Vancouver residents said that one in four people felt socially isolated, disconnected from their community, lonely and depressed.
A more inclusive city
We commit to:
- Use the power of MVA to create sustainable geographical clusters where neighbors can get to know one another, build trust and tackle local issues
- Use the strength of neighbourhood clusters to reach out to other communities, particularly aboriginal , youth, refugees and immigrant communities
- Use the strength of neighbourhood clusters to support other MVA campaigns around housing, transit and poverty
- Work with MVA to develop innovative solutions to social isolation
- Reform the permit process to facilitate small, local organizations wishing to put on events
A city on the moveSince 2007 public transit service levels have remained practically unchanged, while demand has soared. MVA supports the Mayor’s first choice of re-directing a portion of the BC Carbon Tax to sustainable transportation improvements.
We commit to:
- Call on our member organizations to support the transit referendum campaign, to rally the people within our organizations and then to carry the message forward into the greater community
- Encourage political participation in our member institutions to increase levels of voter turnout
- Actively campaign, and encourage your supporters to vote to pass the transit referendum;
- Actively advocate for affordable transit in the region for all
- Participate in at least two Metro Vancouver Alliance forums on transportation issues before and after the referendum
A fairer, living wage cityVancouver 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. Every member of the community is affected by low-wage poverty.
We commit 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
- Support the Mayor of Vancouver, Council and city staff in introducing a Vancouver living wage policy
- Commit to developing a plan to make the City of Vancouver a Living Wage employer for all directly and indirectly employed city workers
- Promote the living wage to other municipalities and employers
A better housed cityRising land values have led to a crisis of affordability and an epidemic of renovictions and greed evictions. Vancouver is ranked as one of the least affordable cities in the world.
We commit to:
- Make available to the Mayor of Vancouver and city staff personal testimony, community case studies and all information needed to identify weaknesses in current by-laws
- Work with our member institutions to develop innovative solutions to the affordability crisis.
- Strengthen, enforce and extend by-laws which ensure decent standards of maintenance and protect tenants from renovictions
- Make covenants a component in all new developments, locking in truly affordable purchase and rental housing in perpetuity