Today, Vancouver City Council approved the first round of new investments out of $3.5 million allocated to address the fentanyl opioid crisis. The new funding comes on the heels of new data from Vancouver Coastal Health showing Vancouver had the highest number (215) and highest rate of deaths of all BC cities in 2016.
City Hall’s first public hearing of 2017 saw progress on delivering over 300 new homes in partnership between the City and non-profit sector: Vancouver Masonic Centre (149 new homes), Fair Haven United Church (137 new homes) and Covenant House (75 new shelter spaces). All three projects approved are being developed in partnership with BC Housing.
Today Council heard the latest update from City staff and Vancouver Coastal Health on how the fentanyl opioid crisis is affecting all corners of Vancouver. We had the highest number (215) and highest rate of deaths of all BC cities last year - first responders at Firehall #2 alone responded to nearly 3,000 overdose calls, nearly triple the number than in 2015.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 19, 2017
Big-city mayors meet to press affordable housing solutions
OTTAWA — Canada’s affordable housing crisis and public transit expansions will top the agenda at Friday’s full-day meeting of the Big-City Mayors’ Caucus (BCMC) of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).
The preventable overdose deaths of 215 people in Vancouver - and 914 across BC in 2016 - is staggering and heartbreaking. We desperately need more health care support for people suffering from addiction to truly break the cycle and keep people alive during this public health emergency.
In 2016, the City of Vancouver made significant progress in realizing some major milestones of the Transportation 2040 Plan. The successes of this year are laying the foundation for a transportation system that will serve the needs of our growing city for decades and future generations.
Major successes in 2016 include: