I am running for re-election because Vancouver needs to turn a corner. It’s time for action and I bring experience, a fresh perspective and new ideas for our city.

- Melissa De Genova

Re-Elect Melissa De Genova for Vancouver City Council

Building a Family Friendly Vancouver

October 15, 2022

Meet Melissa De Genova…

Melissa works tirelessly to make Vancouver a more affordable and family friendly city. She developed a passion for civic issues at a very young age and has a long history of community and public service.  Melissa is running for re-election to City Council because she brings experience and new ideas to combat issues affecting Vancouver, including affordable housing and child care.

Civic Experience

Elected in 2014 to Vancouver City Council and previously elected as a Park Board Commissioner, Melissa brings experience and has an excellent understanding of our city’s capital and operating budgets. Elected to serve the City of Vancouver for seven years, Melissa has consistently advocated for fiscally transparent government that engages in meaningful public consultation that delivers proper service and provides good value to residents and businesses in Vancouver.

Professional Knowledge

Melissa brings professional experience to Council Chambers from her years of working in development and land use. Working for several years with a non-profit organization to deliver affordable and accessible housing, Melissa brings knowledge and new ideas to the City of Vancouver to deepen affordability in areas including affordable housing and increasing the supply of childcare spaces. In 2016, Business in Vancouver recognized Melissa on their “Forty under 40” list for her leadership in creating affordable housing for persons with disabilities, families and seniors.

A voice for Millennials

The only millennial to have ever served on Vancouver City Council, Melissa offers a voice for a new generation of leadership. Engaging her peers and future generations in civic government is very important to Melissa. She regularly presents to groups ranging in age from elementary school children to millennials, about her experience in local politics. She also was a mentor for women interested in getting involved in politics, with the Canadian Women’s Voters Congress.

Community Commitment

Melissa is a board director and gala chair for Honour House Society, a refuge for Canadian Forces, veterans, first responders, and their families to stay, when critically ill and receiving medical care in Metro Vancouver. She has participated in annual fundraising events including “Sleep Out” benefitting Covenant House and Cops for Cancer “Jail and Bail”. Melissa is a past board director of Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre, and has also volunteered her time on boards and committees with several charitable organizations, including Odd Squad Productions and the Salvation Army’s “Hope in the Inner City” Gala in the Downtown Eastside.

Raising a family in Vancouver

Melissa lives in the Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood of East Vancouver with her husband, who works as a police officer, and their one-year old daughter.

Vancouver has 22 unique neighbourhoods. Public consultation needs to reach beyond the walls of City Hall. City Council needs to be open minded and listen to the public. After all, these decisions can change people’s lives.

- Melissa De Genova

Building a Family Friendly Vancouver.

Housing Affordability

The right supply of housing includes rental housing and home ownership. Micro-suites, co-housing, town houses, multi-family units and single family homes- all have a place in our city.  Housing needs to be attainable for everyone, including families and seniors. A city wide plan will help Vancouver to achieve the right supply of housing and respect the 22 unique neighbourhoods in our city. Locating housing near amenities such as child care, community centres, green space and transit is essential to building a family friendly city.

Child Care

Increasing safe and affordable child care spaces in all Vancouver neighbourhoods is essential for families with young children.  The City of Vancouver needs to encourage stakeholders to build childcare by creating incentives. The red tape, lengthy processes and high fees involved with building licensed childcare facilities can deter developers. Vancouver needs to take leadership and streamline the development and license processes. Families living in Vancouver deserve safe, licensed and affordable childcare.

Public Consultation & Engagement

Meaningful consultation and opportunities for public input that reaches beyond the walls of City Hall. Civic government needs to understand that “one size fits all” does not fit all of Vancouver’s 22 unique neighbourhoods. New strategies and ways to engage with families, working professionals and residents who face barriers that may not allow them to attend open houses and public hearings. There is a place for theatre in our city, and consultation is not it. Our city needs transparent public processes and to accept and value public input.

Our city is in the midst of an affordability crisis. Families are leaving Vancouver because they can't afford housing or find childcare. I am committed to making Vancouver a better place; for my daughter, and future generations.

- Melissa De Genova