Support for Small Businesses & Transit
✔️ Expand small-scale neighbourhood retail opportunities
Mayor Kennedy Stewart was proud to support Council work to expand neighbourhood grocery stores and smaller storefronts in new developments. The recently passed Rental Incentives program will also help expand retail opportunities throughout the city.
✔️ Review all city policies that impact small businesses
In April 2021, Mayor Kennedy Stewart asked Council to create a City Manager-led task force to speed up the permitting process in Vancouver. The task force has a 1 million dollar budget to bring monthly recommendations to Council that will speed up and modernize the permitting process.
⏸️ Create an affordable start-up hub
Due to COVID-19, many co-working spaces were forced to close. However, Mayor Kennedy Stewart continues to work to support our high-tech sector, which contributes to well-paying jobs in our city.
🎯 Reduce fees for seniors, people with disabilities and those with low income.
Thanks to Mayor Kennedy Stewart's advocacy work, the Government of B.C. announced they would remove fees for those under 12, partially fulfilling the All on Board campaign Forward Together supported.
Mayor Kennedy Stewart will continue to work with Translink's Mayor's Council to further expand this work.