The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods was pleased to receive a response from the federal government to our November 30, 2015 input regarding federal assistance for transit and housing in Vancouver.
CVN representatives were invited to explain our views on February 29, 2016 in an extended teleconference with Gurpreet Vinning, Policy Advisor and Special Assistant for Western Canada for the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities (the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi). Below is a link to the follow-up letter sent by CVN on March 18, summarizing the main points of discussion.
With the government expected to announce the new federal budget on March 22, 2016, we feel that the views of neighbourhoods need to be considered in federal decisions. We note that on some topics, there is a gap between what the Mayor of Vancouver is calling for and what many Vancouver neighbourhoods want.
CVN is also advocating for better practices by Vancouver City Hall in listening to and reflecting the wishes of Vancouver citizens, in this case relating especially to conditions for federal funding for infrastructure, transportation and housing in Vancouver.
Link to March 18 letter to Gurpreet Vinning, Policy Advisor and Special Assistant for Western Canada for the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities:
CVN Letter to MP-infrastructure-March-2016-Final.pdf
CVN Sends Letter to MPs re Federal Assistance for Transit and Housing (November 30, 2015):
The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods has sent the following letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to all the local Vancouver federal MPs, and to key ministers responsible for federal infrastructure and funding. This letter is available for download as a PDF: