Celebrating ABC’s First Year Accomplishments

Promise Made

Promise Kept

Social, Supportive, and Non-Market Housing

  • Began the process to pilot a Culturally Appropriate, Indigenous-led Supportive Housing and Wellness Centre
  • Increased the quality and quantities of livable housing units, ABC announced 90 new housing spaces
  • On July 13th, Council approved zoning to allow for 600+ units of new social housing
  • On Sept 14th, Council allowed multiplexes across all low density residential zones in the City of Vancouver
  • On Oct 18th, Council promised to accelerate housing by moving forward with the implementation and pre-zoning of the 26 Village Areas, increasing density around under-developed SkyTrain stations, and allowing for greater design flexibility for residential towers to unlock more housing

Public Safety, Mental Health and Community Wellness

  • Hired 100 new police officers
  • Adopted the IHRA working definition of Anti-Semitism
  • Began the implementation of a VPD “Body Worn Camera”
  • Steps taken to hire 100 new mental health workers to pair with our police
  • On Feb 5, the announcement of the Council approving a $2.8M grant to Vancouver Coastal Health to hire 58 new mental health workers
  • On Feb 14, the Council voted unanimously to approve a $2.8M grant to VCH (Vancouver Coastal Health) to significantly scale up frontline mental health crisis response in Vancouver
  • Fully funded our Firefighters for the first time in 8 years to ensure our fire rescue services are fully resourced and benchmarked against a consistent North American Standard

Design, Planning, and Transportation:

  • Supported increased density along the Hastings Corridor to provide new housing options and economic opportunities by moving a BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) on Hastings 
  • Turned on the decorative water fountains;
  • Directed staff to explore locations and recommendations for a Scramble Crossing Pilot Trial 
  • Engaged in a review of the city’s accessibility audits
    • On April 3, the announcement of the creation of a new task force to review the city’s budget and spending in order to find efficiencies and new opportunities


  • Voted to create hundreds of new childcare spaces combined with essential workforce housing using prefabricated buildings located on public land
  • Harmonised the City’s childcare policies and guidelines to align with the Province

Transparency, Accountability, and Good Government

  • Opened a Civic Office in Chinatown and named it after Vancouver civil rights trailblazer Won Alexander Cumyow
  • Invested in Chinatown’s revival with over $3.4 million in grants

School and Park Board Priorities

  • Brought back the SLO (School Liaison Officer) program to keep everyone in schools safe
  • Invited the City of Vancouver Auditor General to undertake a full audit of the Park Board
  • Administered the successful 2023 Alcohol in Beaches pilot program followed by successfully making the Alcohol in Parks program permanent and year-round for the 22 parks
  • Lifted the moratorium on new commercial event initiatives in Vancouver parks

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Reconciliation, Climate Action & Sustainability:

  • Added an Equity Lens Review of City By-laws
  • Adopted the Age-friendly Cities framework
  • Announced a project in partnership with Indigenous Peoples
  • Approved a strategy to advance the planting of 100,000 trees by 2026

Your ABC Team also:

  • Approved the repair of Jericho Beach Park Pier
  • Approved by-law amendments to allow wine-on-shelf sales
  • Removed the temporary Stanley Park Bike Lane
  • Created the Mayor’s Budget Taskforce
  • Stopped a million dollar bike lane on Broadway
  • Scrapped Vancouver’s Single-Use Beverage Cup Fee
  • Fully funded our Police for the first time in 15 years
  • Closed the East Hastings encampment 
  • Bringing FIFA World Cup to Vancouver in 2026
  • Launched a hospitality sector working group
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