Vision Vancouver and the Non-Partisan Association both issued campaign promises to reduce costs for residents today, with Mayor Gregor Robertson pledging free swimming lesson access for children, and mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe proposing free Sunday parking.
As part of its “affordability agenda” released today (October 8), Vision Vancouver pledged 4,000 new rental housing units over four years, 1,000 new child-care spaces, and the “first course free” for children’s beginner swimming lessons.
Vision also promised to implement a requirement for new housing developments to include a minimum of 35 percent family housing, and to empower Vancouver's affordable housing agency to use city-owned land for new housing.
NPA mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe announced his party’s plan to make metered street parking free on Sundays and statutory holidays outside the downtown core.
The NPA is also proposing that parking meters across the city be in effect until 8 p.m. instead of 10 p.m.
LaPointe said the extended metered parking hours “have stuck” after being implemented for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.