The City of Calgary launches YYC Matters website and YYC Matters Community Voices tool ahead of provincial election
Today, The City launches YYCmatters.ca to learn and understand what matters most to Calgarians. The YYC Matters Community Voices tool will be available to the public from April 27 – May 5, 2023. The people of Calgary will have an opportunity to share their perspectives on their top municipal priorities and to tell us what they feel is important to know about how the Province can support Calgary.
“Collaboration between all orders of government is critical at this time of recovery in our city, with the provincial government being an integral actor in creating more affordable housing, greater downtown revitalization and safer transit” says Mayor Jyoti Gondek.
The YYCmatters.ca website provides information about long term outcomes and three priority areas:
· Affordable housing – Access to safe, affordable housing is foundational to the wellbeing of Calgarians and to community prosperity. There is a need for more investment in safe and affordable housing. This investment is needed in all areas of our city to support those facing homelessness and for those who struggle to afford housing within their income levels in all areas of the city.
· A vibrant downtown – Calgary’s future success relies on our downtown being a place where people want to live, work, visit, set up and expand business. The City is seeking provincial support to help us transform our downtown.
· Safe and dependable public transit – The City is seeking provincial partnerships to deliver on safe and dependable public transit service and critical transit infrastructure.
For Calgary’s growth to continue - and it must continue - we need support from the Province to create a new future and compete in a modern, global economy. YYCMatters.ca also provides information about the overall resilience of Calgary, including its role in Alberta and Canada. In 2022, Calgary continued to be a significant economic force, accounting for 38 per cent of Alberta’s estimated economic value (GDP), while its population represented 31 per cent of the province’s total population.
“The YYC Matters campaign is designed to raise the quality of dialogue about our future, one that sees Calgary as a key part of a strong Alberta” says Gondek.
Calgarians can also share their perspectives on their top municipal priorities.
“The City of Calgary is committed to hearing and reflecting the voices of our community and working with Council and the provincial government to make life better every day for Calgarians,” says City Manager David Duckworth. “I encourage everyone to make an informed vote on election day".
We invite Calgarians to share their perspectives on their top municipal priorities and to tell us what is important to know about how the Province can support Calgary by accessing the YYC Matters Community Voices tool between April 27 – May 5, 2023. Results will be shared at YYCmatters.ca.