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City Councillors and advisory committees working together on COVID-19 response

Mayor Kennedy Stewart

Now, more than ever, we need to hear from committee members who are plugged into their communities’ greatest hopes and fears.

March 27 2020 –

Vancouver City Councillors and 10 City advisory committees are holding special working sessions on responding to COVID-19. These special working sessions are being held electronically starting this week and continuing until Monday, March 30.

Councillors are hearing from committee members representing a broad range of communities and key issues, to receive feedback on the City’s response to COVID-19 so far, and on what more can be done.

The advisory committees and Councillors involved in these special working sessions are:

Advisory committee Council liaison Meeting date
2SLGBTQ+ Advisory Committee  Councillor Dominato Friday, March 27
Arts and Culture Advisory Committee Councillors Fry and De Genova Friday, March 27
Children, Youth, and Families Advisory Committee Councillors Bligh and Dominato Thursday, March 26
Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee Councillor Wiebe Friday, March 27
Racial and Ethno-Cultural Equity Advisory Committee Councillor Kirby-Yung Monday, March 30 (TBC)
Renters Advisory Committee Councillors Fry and Swanson Wednesday, March 25
Seniors Advisory Committee Councillors Boyle and Swanson Friday, March 27
Transportation Advisory Committee Councillor Hardwick Friday, March 27
Urban Indigenous Peoples Advisory Committee Councillors Boyle and Carr Monday, March 30
Women’s Advisory Committee Councillors Bligh and De Genova Monday, March 30

A summary of these discussions will be compiled and provided to Council for their consideration as soon as possible.

Find out more about the City’s advisory committees

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Mayor Kennedy Stewart

“The City’s advisory committees have always played an important part in connecting Council directly to residents’ concerns,” said Mayor Kennedy Stewart. “Now, more than ever, we need to hear from committee members who are plugged into their communities’ greatest hopes and fears. I want to thank Councillors for their collaborative work with these committees in helping to understand what different communities need from us to help save lives and mitigate hardship.”

City Manager Sadhu Johnston

“We recognize this is a difficult time for Vancouver’s diverse communities and that we face multiple challenges. The expertise and input of our advisory committees are invaluable to Council and City staff,” said Sadhu Johnston, City Manager. “We are grateful to our volunteer committee members for helping us respond to the needs of all our residents.”