The Right Facility in the Right Place

Using an equity and affordability lens to guide capital investment projects

From an equity and affordability perspective what is the preferred location for the City’s Recreation and Wellness Centre?
Community’s Position*:  

There is an unequaled opportunity to use this significant investment to reverse persistent and increasingly entrenched neighbourhood and demographic inequities across our community

* This position has the support of board members from the neighbourhood associations of Burnside Gorge, Oaklands, Hillside Quadra, North Park, Fernwood and Downtown/Harris Green. At the May meeting of VCAN, neighbourhood representatives supported in concept the retention of the Crystal Pool in the north end of Victoria and need for 950 Kings to be retained for community benefit and recreation.  Furthermore, VCAN supports equity as the priority for the Neighbourhood Summit and Neighbourhood Strategies development. 

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Municipal Equity Lens And Scorecard Tools

1.Use data to unearth root causes of income and wealth disparity and systemic inequities.

2.Develop a city-wide picture of who is being left behind (underserved, underrepresented, marginalized / ignored) in order to:

  • Inform policy of multiple
  • Guide investment decisions (capital investments, operating budgets, procurement and grants)
  • Distribute social services appropriately (defensible and therefore a smoother approval process)

3.Evaluate how existing policies and practices of local government can continue to perpetuate or begin to address neighbourhood and household level inequities by analyzing internal data such as:

  • the allocation of city operating budgets and historical, current, and proposed capital investments;
  • the distribution of City services and infrastructure,
  • who is accessing civic buildings, services, programs and grants, and
  • who is represented on city staff, council, and committees.