BC Urban Mayors Caucus Ready to Work with UBCM and Province on Local Government Financial Resiliency

BRITISH COLUMBIA – At the annual Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) conference this week delegates adopted the report, “Ensuring Local Government Financial Resiliency: Today’s Recovery and Tomorrow’s New Economy.” This report makes 20 recommendations on reforming local government financing that, when implemented, will create positive outcomes for the provincial government and local governments, and strong, resilient communities across BC.

Housing Tops BC Urban Mayors’ Caucus Calls to Action in Federal Election Blueprint

BRITISH COLUMBIA – Today the BC Urban Mayors Caucus is releasing its 2021 Blueprint for BC’s Urban
Future. The Blueprint calls on the next federal government to take action on key issuesfacing cities
across British Columbia including mental health and substance use, affordable housing, public transit,
and the long-neglected local government finance system.

Statement on Recommendations from the Canada-BC Expert Panel on Housing Supply and Affordability

VICTORIA, BC — On behalf of the BC Urban Mayors’ Caucus, co-chairs Mayor Basran and Mayor
Helps have issued the following statement regarding the recommendations made by the independent
Canada-BC Expert Panel on Housing Supply and Affordability on June 17, 2021.

Statement from the B.C. Urban Mayors’ Caucus on Provincial Budget 2021

VICTORIA, BC — On behalf of the B.C. Urban Mayors’ Caucus, Co-Chairs Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran and Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps released the following statement following the tabling of Provincial Budget 2021.

Statement from the B.C. Urban Mayors’ Caucus on Federal Budget 2021

VICTORIA, BC — On behalf of the B.C. Urban Mayors’ Caucus, Co-Chairs Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran and Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps released the following statement following the tabling of Federal Budget 2021.

Statement from B.C. Urban Mayors’ Caucus and UBCM on Meeting Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Rob Fleming on Transit and Transportation Needs in Urban British Columbia

VICTORIA, BC – Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran and Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, co-chairs of the B.C. Urban Mayors’ Caucus released the following statement following a meeting with Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Rob Fleming to discuss the transit and transportation needs of our growing communities.

Statement from B.C. Urban Mayors’ Caucus and UBCM on Meeting with the Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs on the Local Government Financing System and Complex Care Housing

VICTORIA, BC – Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran and Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, co-chairs of the B.C. Urban Mayors’ Caucus, and District of Vanderhoof Councillor Brian Frenkel, President of the Union of BC Municipalities, released the following statement following a meeting with Premier John Horgan and
Minister of Municipal Affairs Josie Osborne to discuss strengthening the municipal financing system and the need for complex care housing.

OPINION: Complex Care Housing Needed Now to Support Vulnerable People

British Columbians have been battling a pandemic for the past 10 months, doing everything we can to keep our communities safe. On the sidelines of COVID-19 another crisis continues to
rage, and it’s reached a tipping point in our communities.

Statement from B.C. Urban Mayors’ Caucus on Meetings with the Provincial Government to Develop a Complex Care Housing Pilot

VICTORIA, BC – Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran and Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, co-chairs of the B.C. Urban Mayors’ Caucus, released the following statement following meetings this week with Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing David Eby and Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Sheila Malcolmson to discuss strengthening mental health and substance use supports in the face of the ongoing homelessness and opioid crises.

Statement from B.C. Urban Mayors’ Caucus Co-Chairs on the Provincial Cabinet Appointment

VICTORIA, BC – Kelowna mayor Colin Basran and Victoria mayor Lisa Helps, co-chairs of the B.C. Urban Mayors’ Caucus released the following statement in response to the appointment of a new provincial cabinet: