October 7, 2021

Council Highlights provide a snapshot of the progress made on City programs, initiatives and on Council decision-making. For more information on each initiative, please visit the accompanying link where noted. The items are selected highlights from the October 2021 Council Meetings. To review all the topics discussed, click here to see the full agenda and webcast.

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Local Government Recommendation for Jima Cannabis at 2622 Douglas Street and Fernwood Green at 1-1725 Cook Street
Separate applications to theLiquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch for a provincial cannabis retail store licence for Jima Cannabis on Douglas Street and Fernwood Green on Cook Street have both been endorsed by City Council, subject to the applicant’s compliance with City bylaws and permits.

Victoria Housing Reserve Fund Guidelines
Council has directed staffto maintain the current Victoria Housing Reserve Fund guidelines for applications based on gross new units associated with the project and to require applicants to provide additional rationale where the project is redeveloping existing affordable housing.

Council Member Motion: Developing an Accessible and Adaptable Housing Policy
Council has included the following action in the Victoria Housing Strategy:

  • Develop specific policy to mandate and encourage accessibility, adaptability, and universal design in new developments.

Staff will report back as part of the next Victoria Housing Strategy update with the resource and workplan implications of doing this work and with a timeline for drafting this policy, and will encourage applicants to consider accessibility and universal design as part of their design process, as a voluntary practice until the new policy is in place. 

Council Member Motion: Advocacy for 10 Days of Universal, Permanent Paid Sick Leave for Workers
Council has directed staff to forward the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) resolution to UBCM member local governments, requesting favourable consideration and including a note regarding the timely nature of the issue and the fact that UBCM did not consider the resolution at its convention. In addition, the Mayor, on behalf of Council, will write to the BC Minister of Labour sharing the City’s resolution for Paid Sick Leave for Workers.