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Council strategic priorities envisions a community where everyone can thrive
Posted On:
May 9, 2023

New Westminster, B.C. – New Westminster City Council endorsed the 2023-2026 Strategic Priorities Plan at Monday night’s Council meeting. The Strategic Priorities Plan includes five areas of focus with Community Belonging and Connecting identified as the central priority.

“This plan is the result of many hours of collaboration, guided by the principles and perspectives of all Council members and supported by the foundational knowledge of City staff,” said Mayor Patrick Johnstone. “With the Strategic Priorities Plan as our guiding document, Council will be taking action on the issues New Westminster told us were most important.”

The five areas of focus reflect the issues that Council has heard most from the community. They include:

Community Belonging and Connecting – A community where everyone belongs and has the opportunity to connect and contribute.

Homes and Housing Options – Clear the way for all types of homes needed today and tomorrow, prioritizing homes for those with the greatest need.

People-Centered Economy – A local, nimble, resilient economy that serves the community.

Safe Movement of People – Prioritize the movement of people by foot, rolling, cycle, and transit on streets that are safer for all.

Asset Management and Infrastructure – Resilient infrastructure that meets the community’s needs today and into the future.

The strategic priorities are grounded by the contexts through which all work should be measured: reconciliation, public engagement, climate action and environment, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism (DEIAR). City Council will continually monitor and be accountable for the work being done on the strategic priorities and will provide regular progress reports to the public.

To view the full 2023-2026 Strategic Priorities Plan, please visit

Mayor Johnstone will also be discussing the Strategic Priorities Plan and sharing the future vision for New Westminster at this year’s State of the City address being held on May 24, 2023. For more information, visit




Ashleigh Young
Communications Officer
City of New Westminster
or 604-527-4559