Meet JARA, residents group advocating for better city planning in Vancouver!


Who is JARA?

The Joyce Area Residents Association (JARA) is group of concerned residents and community members that have been pushing for more community-oriented and inclusive planning for the Joyce Station Precinct Review. The group has been working since November 2015 on engaging hundreds of residents, sitting down with the City of Vancouver planners and connecting with other housing justice experts and advocates.

Our Vision Statement

We envision Renfrew-Collingwood as a working-class, multi-racial, and intergenerational community with affordable housing, small businesses, community spaces, and services that reflect the diverse needs and interests of local residents.

What has JARA accomplished so far?

We are proud of the work that we’ve done so far. It is always our goal to improve the ways that the City engages our low to middle income, immigrant, 73% ESL community. We have seen how our advocacy has led to additional information sessions and meetings to address specific concerns.

    • Community Information Nights (Nov 2015)
    • Distributed Leaflets Door to Door (~900 homes)
    • Conducted a Neighbourhood Survey with Single Family Homes (~179 homes) (Feb 2016)
    • Community Dialogue (Mar 2016)
    • Met with the City and other stakeholders
    • Media Coverage in CBC, The Georgia Straight, The Vancouver Courier, CKNW, 24

Hours (Nov 2015-March 2016)

Next Steps- You’re invited!!

We are holding a JARA Community Meeting on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at Collingwood Neighbourhood House at 6pm in Program Rooms A & B to discuss our next steps.

We need to keep working together so that our voices are heard by the City of Vancouver. Get in touch! Website: Twitter: @joyceareaRA 604-445-5300


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