On Nov. 3, City Manager Eric Holmes declared an emergency related to homelessness in Vancouver and the Vancouver City Council to ratify the emergency declaration on Nov. 6.
An emergency declaration is a tool that enables the City to bypass unnecessary procedural delays to swiftly address situations that may cause injury, death, or property damage. In some instances, emergency declarations also provide options to recover money spent on critical or emergency issues to protect the public peace, safety and welfare. It is only in the most critical of situations. Learn more about the emergency declaration at our Frequently Asked Questions.