Our recent accomplishments
Goal: Making ends meet
Our target: Reduce the city’s poverty rate by 75% and increase the median income by at least 3% every year
Certified as a living wage employer by the Living Wage for Families Campaign
The City, Park Board, and Vancouver Police Department have taken steps to reduce inequity by becoming living wage employers. Adopting a living wage policy demonstrates the City's commitment to support healthy, thriving communities, and help individuals and families make ends meet.
The Women's Summer Fair and Flee Market ensures vocational and income generating opportunities for women residents in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
The Downtown Eastside Women's Centre's Women's Summer Fair and Flee Market was an opportunity for women in the community to engage in street based economies within a safe, respectful environment.
New economic strategy for the Downtown Eastside aims to harness employment opportunities and reduce poverty
City staff and the Exchange Inner City Committee, which is made up of 35 community groups, businesses, and other local stakeholders, have created a strategy that seeks to improve the lives of low income residents.
Goal: Being and feeling safe and included
Our targets: Increase residents’ sense of belonging and safety by 10%, and make Vancouver the safest major city in Canada
Indigenous awareness and training
In March 2016, our Corporate Management Team completed a half-day Indigenous Awareness workshop at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre.
Taking steps to better serve people living with dementia
We partnered with the Alzheimer’s Society of BC to develop training that will help City staff better serve people living with dementia.
Awareness training for sex work and sexual exploitation
We have worked in partnership with Living in Community since 2012 to deliver training designed to build individual and organizational capacity to best respond to the health and safety needs of sex workers in Vancouver.
Goal: Cultivating connections
Our targets: All Vancouverites have four people in their network that they can rely on, and increase municipal voter turnout to at least 60%
Catalyzing a social movement around connection and belonging
In December 2016, we partnered with Vancouver Coastal Health and Metro Vancouver to host “Connect,” an action-oriented forum looking at social connections and belonging in the region.
Goal: Feeding ourselves well
Our target: Increase citywide and neighbourhood food assets by a minimum of 50% by 2020
International award for food strategy
Our Food Strategy won the 2016 Milan Food Policy Pact Award for "Governance or ensuring an enabling environment for effective action”. The international awards were created to stimulate the exchange of practices and learning between signatory cities worldwide.
The City meets its food asset target
In 2017, we met our food asset target! Some of these assets include over 600 new community garden plots since 2013 and a doubling in the number of community food markets offered.
Goal: Getting around
Our target: Make over 50% of trips by foot, bicycle, and public transit
Through many partner and our initiatives we has had great achievements since the program launched over a year ago.
Goal: Environments to thrive in
Our target: Add a biodiversity target and a target related to toxins prevention to the Greenest City Action Plan, and increase neighbourhood walk scores
Vancouverites have the right to a healthy environment and equitable access to livable environments in which they can thrive.
Goal: Expressing ourselves
Our goal: Vancouver has a diverse and thriving cultural ecology that enriches the lives of residents and visitors
Mural Festival showcases public street art
The August Vancouver Mural Festival was a landmark celebration of public art, creating over 56 new street murals in Mount Pleasant, Strathcona, and False Creek Flats.
Goal: Collaborative leadership
Our target: 90% of “actions for all” to be developed in phase 2 will be implemented
Leaders from the public, private, and civil sectors in Vancouver work in integrated and collaborative ways towards the vision of a healthy Vancouver for all.