Survey Says? Parties Dreams for City Revealed

Dream SurveyThe results of Think City's Dream Vancouver Survey are now out and the news is good for the city's citizens.

No matter which party holds a majority on Vancouver city council after the Nov. 15 election, the public has been promised substantive actions on affordable housing, transportation and citizen engagement by all three sitting civic parties.

To recap, 2,513 citizens were surveyed on 15 policy solutions covering affordable housing, transportation and citizen engagement from late-July to mid-October. The same survey was then administered to the Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE), the Non-Partisan Association (NPA) and Vision Vancouver in late October.

The majority of citizens surveyed agree with all 15 policy options in the Dream Vancouver survey, plus there is broad political consensus among the three civic parties to move forward with many of the solutions for affordable housing, transportation and citizen engagement. The three parties agreed on nine Dream Vancouver policy solutions, such as initiating a below-market housing program, providing citizens with direct ways to set city council priorities between elections, and creating a citizen-led advisory committee to advocate for better transportation options.

There are several key policy solutions that provide a clear distinction between the three sitting Vancouver civic parties. There were six policy options on which there was a lack of agreement by the three parties. The three parties disagree on establishing a city housing authority, providing more funding to citizen-directed activities in neighbourhoods, and starting a free bus route in the downtown core.

Click here for the complete Dream Vancouver survey results.