April 16, 2020

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 April 2, 9 and 16, 2020 Council Meetings. To review all the topics discussed, click here to see the full agenda and webcast.

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Please note: Council meetings are webcast live and archived. Based on recommendations by public health officials, as of March 19: 

  • Council has suspended the holding of public hearings in accordance with the Class Order on COVID-19 from the Office of the Provincial Health Officer until further notice.
  • Council has also suspended the question period sections of Council meeting agendas for in-person participation.
  • Requests to address Council will be limited to six delegations through either telephone participation, where possible, and the reading out of submissions and/or broadcasting of recorded submissions, if necessary.

APRIL 16

Council Member Motion - Requisitioning Transient Accommodation to Provide Indoor Sheltering Options during COVID-19
The Mayor, on behalf of Council, will write to the Premier of British Columbia, the Solicitor General, and the Ministers of Housing, Health, and Mental Health and Addictions, copying Members of the Legislative Assembly representing constituencies in the Capital Region, requesting that the provincial government utilize its emergency powers under the Emergency Program Act to requisition hotel and motel rooms, in the region, for all unhoused people in the Capital Region and provide the health, mental health and addictions support for people moving in.

If the provincial government is unwilling to take this action, the City of Victoria will request the authority to declare a local state of emergency to use emergency powers to requisition hotel and motel rooms for people who are unsheltered in the city and that the City work with BC Housing and Island Health to provide those units to people who are asymptomatic but at risk of contracting COVID-19 because they cannot currently follow health orders. This motion will be forwarded to other municipalities in the region.

Council Member Motion - Endorsing a Letter to Provincial Ministers re Urgent Action to Address Inequities in COVID-19 Regional Response
Council endorsed an open letter from members of the community, and will communicate this endorsement to Honourable Selina Robinson, Honourable Adrian Dix, Premier John Horgan, Honourable Mike Farnworth, Honourable Judy Darcy, Honourable Scott Fraser, and Honourable Shane Simpson and that the motion and letter be forwarded to other municipalities in the region for their consideration. 

Council Member Motion - Funding for Emergency Outreach Services for Vulnerable Populations
Council has authorized a grant of up to $50,000, from previously approved COVID-19 response funds, toward emergency outreach services for vulnerable populations, to be allocated among AVI, SOLID, Peers Victoria and the Indigenous Harm Reduction Team upon confirmation of a delivery model to the satisfaction of the City Manager, aiming for cost-recovery from the provincial government after the crisis has passed.