City Hall Update - Stronger Communities

August 29, 2016 | Pride and LGBTTQ Rights

Vancouver is known throughout the world for our remarkable diversity, and for being a city that is made stronger and more vibrant by our commitment to equality and acceptance.
 
Honouring community
 
Earlier this year, Mayor Robertson and the City of Vancouver honoured two community leaders,Lilian To and Jack Uppal, by naming the first ever Vancouver streets after a Chinese-Canadian and South Asian Canadian, respectively.

Equal access
 
Vancouver became the first Canadian city to adopt an Access without Fear policy, ensuring all residents have access to City services regardless of their immigration status.
 
Council also adopted a Trans*, Gender-Variant and Two-Spirit Inclusion Plan, making Vancouver one of the first municipalities to take concrete steps to ensuring lived equality for all residents in accessing city services.
 
Healthy City
 

The new St. Paul’s Mental Health Hub - a partnership between the City, Providence Health, St. Paul’s Foundation and the Vancouver Police Foundation - will improve the quality of service for residents with serious mental health and addictions issues by providing quicker service and decreasing the ‘revolving door’ of crisis response.
 
City of Reconciliation
 
In June, Mayor Robertson joined the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of National Aboriginal Day at the Aboriginal Friendship Centre. As a City of Reconciliation, Vancouver recognizes reconciliation as a long-term effort to create systemic change and new relations based on mutual understanding and respect.