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NPA elected officials have been making a positive impact in Vancouver communities for more than 75 years.

While in government, the NPA has been responsible for these accomplishments and more:

  • Developed a network of greenways and bikeways throughout the city
  • Created one of the first Blue Box recycling programs in Canada
  • Developed 136 acres of new parks and 166,000 square feet of new community centre space
  • Developed and promoted the Four Pillars Drug Policy to deal with drug addiction as a health issue
  • Approved character zoning to protect neighbourhoods
  • Ensured that Vancouverites had one of the lowest residential property tax rates in the Lower Mainland
  • Championed Vancouver’s Olympic 2010 bid
  • Helped secure pilot Vancouver drug court to get treatment for addicts who commit crimes
  • Made Vancouver the only city in Canada to achieve a Triple-A credit rating from all three rating agencies
  • Championed the creation of the Vancouver Agreement partnership between the federal, provincial and city governments to revitalize the Downtown Eastside
  • Initiated zoning to attract high-tech industries to Vancouver
  • Introduced an anti-smoking bylaw for public places
  • Created Green Yard waste pick-up, separate from regular trash collection
  • Worked to create a Transportation Plan for Vancouver as well as a Downtown Transportation Plan
  • Championed more buses, bus shelters and the replacement of the city’s trolleys to make public transit more efficient and more appealing as a transportation choice
  • Approved funding for the new downtown Main Public Library and the Emergency Communications Centre
  • Developed a child care policy
  • Created the Granville Entertainment Zone and supported the revitalization of Granville Street
  • Created an Economic Development Commission for Vancouver
  • Promoted the development of city lands on South East False Creek as a model sustainable community and site for the future Olympic Village
  • Achieved the best social housing track record in Canada
  • Helped to save the annual fireworks festival in English Bay
  • Required major developments to contribute more than $250 million worth of parks, school sites, daycares, community centres and seawalls to new communities in the downtown so they were built at no cost to taxpayers