WTC launched the 1-year report tracking progress on the HPPC commitments. In the 2022 election, the current Mayor and Councillors committed to eight evidence-based policy solutions shaped by residents who experience gender-based oppression through WTC’s Hot Pink Paper Campaign. The progress report shows the Green Party of Vancouver and OneCity are meeting their commitments while ABC is failing to follow through on the majority of the policies.
Our elected leaders made equity commitments to our community during their campaign. They've been moving backwards on those ever since. View our 1-year progress report to learn more about the progress they've made and the work still left to do.
“We’ve analyzed Council’s voting record on issues like housing, climate action, and community safety over the past year and in many cases, their decisions have moved us backward,” says Clara Prager, Campaign Lead for WTC. “Members of this Council enthusiastically supported these commitments during the election so it’s disappointing that we haven’t seen much progress a year later.”
In the 2022 election, the current Mayor and Councillors committed to eight evidence-based policy solutions shaped by residents who experience gender-based oppression through WTC’s Hot Pink Paper Campaign. The progress report shows the Green Party of Vancouver and OneCity are meeting their commitments while ABC is failing to follow through on the majority of the policies.
“Tracking follow through on these promises matters because the communities we work with are often excluded from city hall. When politicians make promises to these groups, they deserve accountability,” says Ash Peplow Ball, Executive Director of WTC.
The report highlights motions that relate to the eight policy pledges and how elected leaders from each party voted. Each party’s voting record is assessed for whether their decisions make progress on the commitments, maintain the status quo, or move backwards. Access the full report here.
What Others Are Saying
"Council must work with equity-deserving communities to co-create peer-led policies and solutions," says Suyu He, interim manager of community outreach at West Coast LEAF. "We need culturally safe, community-led models of care and justice to end gender-based violence, the crisis of MMIW2SG, and to decriminalize poverty. These crises are compounding and urgent - the lack of progress by ABC in fulfilling these important promises is extremely disheartening."
“On November 4, 2022, as they were about to be sworn in, the current and Councillor-elects of the ABC majority shared with 17 leaders of DTES non-profit organizations, social enterprises, BIAs, among others, that they were 'driven by community'. Instead, we’ve seen something different,” says Michelle Lackie, Executive Director, Exchange Inner City. “We are frustrated by ABC's lack of willingness to co-create solutions with community.”
"At the YWCA, we hear from women and families about their struggles to afford even the most basic necessities," says Amy Juschka, Director of Communications and Advocacy with YWCA Metro Vancouver. "The policy commitments outlined in the Hot Pink Paper Campaign, such as reducing barriers to affordable housing and improving access to transit, would have a profound impact on Vancouver's most vulnerable residents. We urge the Mayor and Council to take action on their commitments."