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"As someone who is raising a young family in New Westminster, I care passionately about building a community where people from all walks of life are welcome and have the opportunity to work together to build a better community"
Jonathan Cote

Jonathan will build a Community that Cares by:

  • Protecting the affordability and quality of life in New Westminster.
  • Ensuring our city has the housing options to meet the needs of our diverse community.
  • Commit our city to operating in an environmentally sustainable way.

Affordability for Families

  • Use the city’s housing reserve fund to leverage the development of an affordable housing project in New Westminster. 
  • Advocate for increasing affordable housing units supplied by the Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation for families, seniors and people with disabilities. 
  • Expand the role of the Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation to develop a regional housing strategy and assist municipalities in developing effective affordable policies.
  • Partner with Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation, non-profit housing corporations and other groups who want to use their under-utilized land for affordable housing projects.
  • Encourage new single-family homes to be suite-ready for permitted basement suites and explore options to make it easier to create legal basement suites in existing houses.
  • Engage the community on which neighbourhoods should be considered for laneway housing and what requirements are needed to protect neighbourhood livability.
  • Implement family-friendly unit policies that encourage a better mix of safe ground-oriented townhouses and three bedroom units in new developments.
  • Support the development of additional child care facilities in new developments and city projects.

Efficiency

  • Implement online applications for all applicable city services to make it easier for residents to apply for city services. (eg. online permit applications)
  • Provide more user-friendly and multi-lingual guides to assist residents in their interactions with the city
  • Convert the City’s vehicle fleet to low carbon vehicles including electric and hybrid where feasible and partner with car sharing organization to reduce the number of vehicles in the city’s fleet, reducing costs and carbon emissions
  • Continue work to implement energy efficiency projects in civic facilities such as the Canada Games Pool.