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Vancouver City Council passed the 2012 City Operating Budget tonight at a Special Council Meeting, investing in affordable housing, parks and recreation services, and libraries, as part of a forward-looking fiscal plan for the coming year.

“Even in the midst of a challenging economic climate and a $52 million budget gap, we’ve delivered a budget that is balanced, progressive, and pragmatic,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “This budget fully protects and supports programs that impact Vancouver’s most vulnerable, including priority investments for homelessness and affordable housing, child care and seniors. We’re protecting all funding and support for arts and culture programming, continuing our support for Vancouver’s Greenest City goals, and increasing support for Vancouver’s public libraries and parks and recreation services.”


The City of Vancouver was proud to accept a prestigious national award today when the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) named Vancouver a winner of a 2012 FCM Sustainable Communities Award for the City’s Greenest City 2020 Action Plan (GCAP).

Councilor Andrea Reimer accepted the award on behalf of the City at a reception and awards ceremony during FCM’s Sustainable Communities Conference in Ottawa, Ontario.

The FCM award recognizes the GCAP for its achievement in the Planning category, which celebrates sustainable community plans that establish a vision for sustainability, integrate sustainability issues across municipal departments and service areas, and set environmental targets for the municipal government and the community.



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A new report released today shows that the Metro Vancouver Commerce 2010 Olympic Business Program was a huge success in strengthening the region’s local economy, bringing a total of $306 million in new investment and creating 2,558 new jobs.

Nine Metro Vancouver municipalities, including Olympic host city Vancouver, partnered with the Government of Canada on Metro Vancouver Commerce, an innovative Olympic business program that saw 64 international companies come to Vancouver in February 2010 to land agreements for new jobs and investment in the region.

“Our priority going into the Olympics was ensuring we secured long-term benefits for our City, and it’s clear that our Olympic business program did just that,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson.


Pennsylvania(Dec2008)A report to council today identified that the current gap to end street homelessness in Vancouver by 2015 is just 450 new units of affordable housing.

“We know from the data our staff collected that our work, in partnership with the Province and community partners, is making progress on ending street homelessness,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Now we’re just 450 units of new housing away from making sure no one needs to sleep on the street at night. I’m confident we’re on the right track.”

The Mayor also stated his commitment to use City land to keep leveraging support to end street homelessness. “By using City-owned land to leverage funding from senior levels of government and the private sector, we’ve been able to secure more than 1,500 new units of social housing. We need to keep this going.”



A report coming to Vancouver City Council next Thursday recommends the City endorse the Canadian Soccer Association’s bid to host the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which would see the largest women’s sporting event in the world held in Vancouver along with six other cities in Canada.

“Vancouver is a great city for soccer, and hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup would be an exciting opportunity for sports fans in the city and across the country,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. “After the success of the 2010 Winter Games, and the Grey Cup and Major League Soccer coming soon, Vancouver is establishing itself as a top-notch sports town.



Mayor Gregor Robertson introduced a motion today at council to have more public consultation and engagement on planning in the Downtown Eastside, saying there needs to be more community consultation before moving forward with proposals for taller buildings.

He also called for the creation of a Downtown Eastside neighbourhood committee to facilitate a neighbourhood-led engagement process. The motion was approved by council.

“We’ve heard loud and clear from people both in and outside the Downtown Eastside that they have major concerns about the proposal to allow taller buildings in the neighbourhood,” said Mayor Robertson. “The long-term revitalization of the DTES requires broad community buy-in and support, and we don’t have that yet.