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Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Council voted today to approve a new, forward-looking Oakridge Centre project that will support over 5,000 jobs, provide $228 million in new community amenities, and deliver important new family and social housing on Vancouver’s Cambie Corridor.

“The new Oakridge Centre will support thousands of new jobs, build urgently-needed new affordable housing, and offer remarkable community benefits, including new childcare spaces, a new community centre and library, a new seniors’ centre, and significant new park space,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Metro Vancouver’s regional growth strategy identified Oakridge as a regional town centre, and this project helps ensure that Vancouver’s growth is managed in a way that is responsible, transit-oriented, and delivers unprecedented new services to our residents.

“Close to 1.5 million more people are moving to Metro Vancouver by 2040. By focusing new development at a major hub like Oakridge, we can manage future growth while protecting the character of our single-family neighbourhoods. This is a forward-looking project that addresses some of Vancouver’s most urgent needs: more job space, more affordable housing, more child care spaces and better support for seniors.”


The City of Vancouver is increasing its homeless advocacy and outreach services by both expanding the reach of its Homeless Outreach Team to be city-wide, and appointing a new Director of Services for the Homeless.

“The City’s goal is to ensure that no one has to sleep on the streets at night, and our expansion of new homeless shelters, interim housing and permanent housing have made a real difference,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “By expanding and improving how the City does outreach to its most vulnerable residents, we can help people get off the street faster, and into a home that meets their needs. That’s how we can build a stronger, more caring Vancouver.”

“I’d also like to welcome Ethel Whitty into her new role as Director of Services for the Homeless, who will be overseeing the City’s work to expand outreach and support for our homeless residents.”

The City will coordinate the work of its Tenant Assistance Program, which started in the late 1980s to support displaced seniors in Kerrisdale, with that of the Homeless Outreach Team, currently under the direction of the Carnegie Centre, to create a city-wide Outreach Service.


Preliminary 2013 housing construction data from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) shows the City of Vancouver posting its highest number of housing starts in over 40 years, another important sign of investment, job creation, and new housing being created in Vancouver’s growing economy.

Vancouver had 6,071 dwelling units commence construction in 2013, 573 more than in 2012 and the highest annual number of starts since 1969.

“Vancouver has had a remarkable economic rebound in recent years, with housing starts at their highest in nearly a half century and building permit values exceeding pre-recession levels,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “City Hall’s work to cut red tape, keep taxes low and speed up permit processing times is helping create thousands of new Vancouver jobs and build urgently-needed new housing, including back-to-back record years for new rental housing in both 2012 and 2013.”


The City of Vancouver is set to partner with the YWCA on an innovative housing project that will see 31 new units of affordable housing for low-income mothers built on top of a new fire hall in southeast Vancouver.

The unique partnership between the City and the YWCA is the latest in a series of projects that see the City utilizing community facilities as a way to deliver new affordable housing. Last month, the City approved a proposal for the YWCA to build low-income housing above a new library in Strathcona.

“The City is dedicated to looking at every possible option for getting new affordable housing built, and our partnerships with the YWCA are leveraging real results,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “This new housing will provide safe, affordable homes for mothers and their children, and at the same time create a new community hub by combining it with a new firehall for the neighbourhood. I want to thank the YWCA for their continued leadership in helping some of our city’s most vulnerable citizens.”


The B.C. government and the City of Vancouver are opening additional winter emergency shelter spaces and adding more long-term housing supports for people who are homeless.

Two temporary winter shelters, operated by Rain City Housing, will offer 75 additional spaces for the homeless between early December and April 30, 2014. The Province will provide funding to operate the shelters and outreach services; the City of Vancouver will provide the buildings at 862 Richards St. & 21 E. 5th Avenue and lead community awareness for the sites.

“Our winter response shelters are a proven program to help our most vulnerable citizen’s transition into stable, permanent housing,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “By providing two daily meals, a warm place to sleep and connecting residents with outreach workers, these shelters have a positive impact in changing people’s lives. Our partnership with the Province continues to deliver results as we work towards ensuring no one has to be homeless in Vancouver.”


This week Mayor Gregor Robertson delivered the keynote address at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Ottawa, emphasizing homelessness as a national challenge and stressing the need for bold action, clear goals, and innovative partnerships to make a difference: