Overall, the total value of building permits issued from January 1 until October 31 is nearly 23 per cent higher compared to the same 10-month period in 2021.
The 2020-2024 Financial Plan provides a $1.4 million service enhancement package for activities to enhance cleanliness, policing, and bylaw presence in the downtown, as well as social inclusion services. $236,000 of that total operational budget was allocated to the operation of two storage service sites for homeless residents. A streamlined model of operation, with equivalent access to storage and enhanced access to laundry, shower, washroom, drop-in, and outreach services can now be managed through one site.
This new model allowed administration to reallocate $138,000 out of the $236,000 to enable the continued employment of the city’s two outreach coordinators.