Frequently asked questions
Why are the principles so general? How will this impact specific policies?
How does this proposal fit with the District of Squamish’s existing strategies and the Official Community Plan?
We believe that the principles outlined in the Just Recovery proposal are very much aligned with the goals of the Official Community Plan: to create a community that is Resilient, Healthy, Connected, Liveable, and Engaged. The COVID pandemic has created new conditions for individuals, organizations, and local government -- and an opportunity to come together and determine a path forward. This work aims to guide our new path forward, and applies to a much shorter timeframe than the OCP.
How does this proposal fit with the District of Squamish’s Community Climate Action Plan?
What does it mean to endorse the proposal?
Endorsing these principles, in practical terms, just means adding your name to our list of supporters! We hope that by drawing broad community support, we can both rally collective action in support of a Just Recovery and express to every level of government -- District, Provincial, and Federal -- how important it is that we don't try to return to a "business as usual" scenario.
Who can endorse the just recovery proposal?
Anyone! We are inviting individuals, organizations, and businesses to express their support for a Just Recovery.
How is the District of Squamish involved?
What other Just Recovery work is being done in Canada?
Why do we need a Just Recovery?
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on our society. For some in Squamish, it may feel like life is returning to normal and that our community has escaped relatively unharmed, but even here, there are many who are feeling the effects profoundly. The World Bank has predicted that the global economy will shrink by 5.2% this year and economies focused on tourism and exports (like Canada’s) will be hit hardest. Normal was a crisis for many historically marginalized communities and COVID-19 has dramatically worsened that crisis both at home and across Canada. Our recovery from the pandemic is an opportunity to build back better and leave no one behind.