Nelson Joins Call for Social Policy Framework

Nelson_Downtown2lNelson City Council has unanimously passed a resolution calling on BC’s premier to begin creating a Social Policy Framework.

Nelson’s resolution will be now be considered at the 2014 Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments (AKBLG) Conference in Creston, April 9 to 11. If passed there, it will go on to the Union of BC Municipalities conference in the fall.

Nelson is the second BC municipality to ask the provincial government to start developing a social policy framework. Duncan passed a similar resolution on January 20, 2014.

The full text of the resolution:


Provincial Social Policy Framework

“THAT the following recommendation be endorsed by Nelson City Council and submitted to the Association of Kootenay & Boundary Local Governments at the Annual General Meeting to be held in Creston April 9 – 11, 2014:


WHEREAS Every British Columbian depends on social services, health care, justice and education services; and

WHEREAS our communities are partners in the delivery of many of these services and are facing increasingly complex social challenges requiring coordination between multiple social ministries of government, municipalities and the community agencies and organizations that deliver services to the public;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the municipal governments of British Columbia call upon the Premier to begin a consultation with British Columbians to initiate the development of a Social Policy Framework that will set out key policy directions, values, priorities, roles and expectations, and guide the creation of public policy to meet our social needs now and into the future.”