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:

OPINION: Urban Mayors Call on newly-elected B.C. Government to Expand Availability of Substance Use and Mental Health Treatment for Both Youth and Adults

During the election campaign the BC Urban Mayors’ Caucus released a Blueprint for BC’s Urban Future. It called on all parties to address mental health, substance use and treatment, affordable housing, public transit, and to develop a new, sustainable and predictable funding relationship with local governments. All of these issues are important to the well-being of our communities and the health of our economies

B.C. big city mayors call on provincial parties to address mental health and substance use in their election platforms

VANCOUVER, BC; September 30, 2020 – Mayors from 13 of B.C.’s biggest cities are calling on all provincial parties to commit to addressing mental health and substance use in their platforms. In a call-to-action document released today, the newly formed BC Urban Mayors’ Caucus also advocated for greater provincial investment in affordable housing and public transit, as well as a new funding framework for municipalities.