BC Chambers Approve Pandemic Recovery Plan For Cities – Aldergrove Star
Business groups across British Columbia have approved a plan that tackles key social and economic factors impacting cities while also supporting businesses trying to recover from the pandemic.
The BC Urban Mayors Caucus blueprint for the urban future of British Columbia is supported by the BC Chamber of Commerce as well as local chambers. The plan outlines four priorities for urban communities across the province, including mental health, addiction and treatment; affordable housing; public transport and a new fiscal framework.
“As local businesses and city centers have been among the hardest hit by the effects of the pandemic, the collective support of our chambers of commerce is essential to moving forward with a collective voice to tackle these complex and overlapping issues facing our cities, ”said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, Caucus Co-Chair.
The plan calls for expanding addiction and mental health treatment and recovery options for youth and adults, and connecting people with complex needs with appropriate facilities. It also aims to improve access to safer alternatives to toxic drug supply and to consider alternative approaches for how communities respond to emergency calls related to mental health and substance use.
The master plan aims to see transit ridership rebound and seeks to support this by eliminating funding models of reliance on tariffs and local property taxes, while investing in low-carbon fleets and extensions. long-term service.
The plan also calls for investing in a range of affordable housing options and creating a system that prioritizes housing for people who live and work in cities.
Bruce Williams, CEO of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, said one of the biggest challenges for the region’s pandemic recovery is finding and keeping workers.
“It should become more difficult over the next decade in cities in British Columbia, where real estate attracts international investment and where house prices are not directly linked to the local economy,” said Williams. . “The (chamber) supports the calls of the BC Urban Mayor’s Caucus for more affordable housing that meets the specific needs of people who need housing but, for various reasons, are unable to participate in the private real estate market.
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