VICTORIA, BC – Stephen Andrew, Victoria Councillor and candidate for Mayor of Victoria plans, to prioritize a plan to bring more family doctors to Victoria.
Andrew plans to provide new BC primary care physicians with no or low-rent clinic space and property tax exemptions.
Andrew announced his plan during a campaign stop at New Horizons Community Centre in James Bay.
“Thousands of Victoria residents, including hundreds right here in James Bay, are at risk because they do not have a physician. Many tell me their health is failing. As a local government, we must find a way to help. I will work within legal boundaries and collaborate with council and not-for-profit organizations, to bring new family practice doctors to Victoria.”
Under the Municipal Act, councils cannot provide direct incentives to doctors because the province classifies them as businesses. Through land use requirements, a council led by Stephen Andrew will permit developments to primary care clinic space as a public amenity to benefit the community.
“I believe we must stay in our lane as a municipal government and this plan does that, through powers designated to us. Anything we can do to assist the province in the recruitment of new doctors to our community is an obligation we must action.”
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