STRATEGIC PLAN ALIGNMENT
Strategic Priority #1: Community Livability and Social Equity
New Westminster is at the centre of the Metro Vancouver region, a transportation hub for multiple modes and the home to many institutions, including health care, housing and education institutions. As a result, the City is heavily involved in a number of regional issues, including:
- Affordable housing;
- Homelessness and poverty reduction;
- Health care delivery; and
- Transportation and goods movement networks.
New Westminster has long demonstrated leadership in regional issues, with both the City and region benefitting from this. The City will identify key regional issues that impact the City and will work to ensure that good policy and practices are developed. Immediate regional priorities include the replacement of the Pattullo Bridge and the Royal Columbian Hospital expansion.
Mayor and staff continue to work with regional colleagues on housing affordability and homelessness initiatives, with TransLink colleagues on financing mechanisms for the Mayors’ Council transportation vision and, since the transfer of the project from TransLink, with provincial colleagues on the Pattullo Bridge replacement.
Issues of community and regional significance have been identified for upcoming meetings with provincial ministers and staff at the Union of BC Municipalities conference in September 2018.