A Vision & A Plan

Lisa Helps for Victoria Mayor


My commitment to you: As your new Mayor, I will work with you to create a Victoria where there is enough for everyone to prosper. I will ensure that Victoria plays a leading role in the sustainable development of the region. Sustainable prosperity means that we all have what we need to live a good life, that businesses are thriving and supporting community, and that we steward and enhance our natural environment for generations to come. Sustainable prosperity is possible when the City supports opportunities, fosters innovation and gets with the times.

Cities around the globe are light years ahead of Victoria in adopting leading edge practices in everything from green building to economic development, to affordable housing to sewage treatment. I will take a leadership role to move Victoria to the leading edge. I will lead with courage, openness and a clear vision. Together, we will make City Hall inviting and dynamic - a place that works hard, and works for everyone. Read more:

✔ A City of Opportunities

✔ A City Hall that Works

✔ A Prosperous Downtown & Great Neighbourhoods

✔ Leading with Courage


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    Housing Ends Homelessness


    Last week, both the Chamber of Commerce and the Victoria Foundation’s Vital Signs Survey identified homelessness and housing as top priorities. When business and community come together and identify a common priority, we need to take action.

    Risk of Homelessness Increasing

    Since 2008 when the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness was founded, we’ve made some progress in the City and the region. Yet according to a recent study on Patterns of Homelessness in Greater Victoria between 2010-2014, more people sought temporary shelter in 2014 than in 2010. And shelter capacity went from 86% in 2010 to 112% in 2014. (See Figures 1 and 2 below.) We’ve still got a lot of work to do.

    The most striking finding of the study is that the vast majority of people who used shelters between 2010 and 2014 are not chronically or episodically homeless. In the four-year study period, 655 people stayed in shelters experienced ‘episodic’ and ‘chronic’ homelessness (see Figures 4 and 5 below). Just over 3600 people experienced temporary homelessness. They just need an affordable place to live.

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