Advocacy Days at the Legislature

UBCM’s Executive was in Victoria last week to raise awareness of key policy priorities. Over two days, Executive members met with 55 MLAs from all parties, including Premier John Horgan, 10 ministers, the leader of the Official Opposition, and both caucus chairs. Meetings focussed on affordable housing, infrastructure investments, and mental health and substance abuse.

UBCM advocated on its recent housing report, which calls for the creation of a new rental supply strategy as well as a demand strategy to stabilize prices through taxation and regulatory measures. The report also calls for a new homelessness strategy aimed at prevention, and the implementation of an all-government approach where all orders of government work collaboratively to advance housing solutions.

On infrastructure, the Executive sought provincial matching of the federal commitment of 40% funding for all local government programs and projects under Phase 2 of the Canada Infrastructure Plan.  It also called for funding to focus on local government owned, operated, and maintained infrastructure projects, as well as an active role for UBCM in the development and administration of local government programs under Phase 2.

To tackle the mental health and opioid crisis, UBCM advocated for the development of a comprehensive and integrated mental health and substance abuse strategy.  Key components of this strategy include an intensive case management approach, a focus on prevention and early treatment, new and resourced supportive housing units, and new integrated facilities.

Photos available on Twitter at #AdvocacyDays18

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