September 10, 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 September 3 and 10, 2020 Council Meetings. To review all the topics discussed, click here to see the full agenda and webcast.

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Council Member Motion: Newspaper Boxes in Downtown
Council has indefinitely postponed a motion to have staff ask companies to remove newspaper boxes from City-owned property after receiving a letter from the Downtown Victoria Business Association who advised they have created an action plan to keep the boxes while reducing the number of boxes and their appearance.

Tenant Assistance Policy – Renters Advisory Committee Amendment for Moving Costs
Council has directed staff to:

  1. Amend the Tenant Assistance Policy as follows:
  • Moving Expenses and Assistance
    • One of two options should be provided to displaced tenants, at the discretion of the landlord:
      • An insured moving company may be hired by the applicant, with all arrangements and costs covered within Greater Victoria; or
      • Flat rate compensation (based on unit size) provided to the tenant at the rate of:
  • $500 for bachelor and one-bedroom households
  • $750 for two-bedroom households
  • $1,000 for three or more bedroom households
  • When a tenant is exercising the Right of First Refusal (Section 4.4), moving expenses should be provided for both the move out and return to the building.
  • Tenants may request moving compensation different than that proposed by the Landlord per item 6.0: Tenants Requiring Additional Assistance. 
  1. Review the flat rate compensation amounts at regular intervals to ensure that they are adjusted for inflation and reflective of the market rates for moving costs.

Motion arising from the September 3 report: City Response on Sheltering During the Pandemic
Council will request that BC Housing use the Save on Foods Memorial Centre until December 31, 2020 for temporary housing with supports.

Additional Policing Resources to Support Public Safety
Council has voted to allocate up to $94,528 from the Financial Stability Reserve* to provide additional policing resources in the City of Victoria for the remainder of 2020, and that Council receive monthly reports on the deployment and its success.

*The proposed revenue source is the financial stability reserve, as the 2020 Contingency was used for COVID related expenses. Some of these expenses may be recoverable through federal-provincial funding for municipalities.

Bylaw for Amendment to the Parks Regulation Bylaw
Council added the following amendments to the September 3 motion:

Main Motion Arising as amended:

That staff be requested to report back within four weeks on the impacts (including the impacts on shelter spaces displaced to other locations) of a blanket prohibition of sheltering within the boundaries of the Business Improvement Area, or within an alternative boundary encompassing areas essential to the economic vitality of the City.