Central Okanagan 

Early Years Partnership

Rusty Ensign - West Kelowna Councillor

Q 1: If elected, what will you do to reduce the rising vulnerability among young children in your community?

1. Grant in Aids are when non profits ask the City for donations. I would certainly support any grant in aid request for this cause. Providing a request is made I would also support a budget item for recreational programming.


Q 2: If elected, what will you do to help increase the number of quality child care spaces in our community?

2. Providing you remind me I will ask for a summer position to research a Child Care Needs assessment and develop a Strategy. In turn this strategy would be used to apply for a UBCM grant


Q 3: If elected, will you endorse the $10aDay Child Care Plan?

3. Absolutely!


Q 4: If elected, will you advocate for free access to public transit and recreation services for children and reduced transit fares for low-income individuals, families and seniors?

4. I would support reduced transit fares for low-income individuals, seniors and veterans. For children from low income families I would support free passes for transit, skating and swimming.


Q 5: The municipal government has a responsibility to avoid contributing to the problem of low-wage poverty. If elected will you commit to adopting a living wage policy requiring the municipality (or school district) to pay a living wage to both it’s employees and contract staff?

5. To be honest I’m surprised the City doesn’t have a living wage policy. Yes I would support adopting a living wage policy. Lead by example!


Q 6: Homelessness and housing affordability is a regional issue that has “spillover effects” from one community to another. If elected, how will you work with the City of Kelowna to support the Journey Home Strategy at a regional level?

6. Journey Home should be treated as a regional not a City of Kelowna issue. The City of West Kelowna should participate and fund Journey Home on a per capita equal funding basis.


Q 7: If elected, will you participate in and support the Central Okanagan Poverty Reduction Committee - both with financial and staff resources - to develop a local poverty reduction strategy? Please describe what you see as your City’s role.

7. Same as above. The City of West Kelowna should participate on a per capita equal funding basis to support the Central Okanagan Poverty Reduction Committee to address a regional issue.

Working Together on Early Childhood Development

 in the Central Okanagan

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2604 Enterprise Way #8, Kelowna, BC   V1X 7Y5

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