Port Coquitlam’s 2021 Annual Report Available for Review
The City of Port Coquitlam’s 2021 Annual Report is now available online, providing the community with a snapshot of last year’s accomplishments and activities.
Entitled Building a Sustainable Future, the Annual Report details the City’s work in 2021 to build sustainability and resiliency into its operations and service-delivery. Key City activities and priorities, department highlights, financial documents and statistics are also included in the report, now available for public review and comment at portcoquitlam.ca/annualreport. A statutory document, the Annual Report will be considered at the June 28 Council meeting.
For 16 consecutive years, Port Coquitlam’s comprehensive, easy-to-read annual reports have won awards from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. The 2021 report will be submitted to the GFOA for consideration for the Canadian Financial Reporting Award.
Some of the 2021 highlights featured in the report include:
- Completing the Port Coquitlam Community Centre on time and within budget after more than four years of construction, phased-in to allow for continuous public use.
- Making progress on downtown revitalization, including starting construction on a new McAllister Avenue streetscape and designing updates to Veterans Park and Leigh Square.
- Assisting with pandemic recovery with programs that encouraged connection and supported residents and businesses, including reformatted civic events, increased recreation financial assistance, becoming the first city in Metro Vancouver to publicly formalize business use of outdoor spaces, and expanding Shaughnessy Pop-up Park.
- Introducing a Greener City program that planted 411 trees in a year – the most in City history – through City planting and public planting activities.
- Honouring Terry Fox with a new home at Hyde Creek Recreation Centre for the statue formerly on Wilson Avenue, and introducing Terry Fox Hometown Square at the Community Centre with a map of the Marathon of Hope embedded in the plaza surface.
- Opening the City’s third community garden at the Terry Fox Hometown Square – Port Coquitlam Community Centre.
- Supporting equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) with the continuing EDI Roundtable, a public Pride in PoCo event, starting work on a City anti-racism policy, and working with the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nation to catalogue items from a residential school memorial.
- Opening the licensed City Preschool at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre.
- Rolling out a $28.3-million capital plan including neighbourhood road rehabilitation, pedestrian and cycling safety near parks and schools, parks and playgrounds, transportation improvements including Prairie Avenue, and other key infrastructure work.
- Starting the update of the Master Transportation Plan, including public consultation.
- Beginning development of a new Climate Action Plan, including public consultation.
- Strengthening the smoking bylaw to better protect residents from second-hand smoke and smoking-related fires.
After reviewing the Annual Report, those who wish to convey concerns, comments or questions about the report are asked to provide them before 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 24 by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To watch the Council meeting when the report will be considered, go to portcoquitlam.ca/
Manager of Communications & Administrative Services
City of Port Coquitlam