Robinson Champions Affordability

Minister Robinson officially welcomed delegates to the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention on Wednesday. Her remarks focused on the importance of partnerships and she emphasized the provincial government’s desire to listen to local governments’ unique perspectives and concerns.

With affordability as a major theme, Minister Robinson acknowledged the pressures of the housing crisis that fall on local governments and that the Province is committed to being a key partner on this issue. The Government of B.C. is working on a Comprehensive Housing Plan and has taken action with funding for affordable housing units and increased resources for the Residential Tenancy Branch.

In her remarks, Minister Robinson also shared that the provincial government is exploring options for local election campaign financing reform and is pursuing this issue as quickly as possible, understanding the tight timelines for the 2018 general local elections.

The minister also reaffirmed the Government of B.C.’s commitment to implementing the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, crediting UBCM’s long-running Community-to-Community Forum Program as a vital tool for promoting understanding between local governments and Indigenous communities.

Other topics included infrastructure, transit, gaming grants and climate action.

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