Social Framework development continues

News Release

The City of Penticton is moving ahead with the development of a framework to guide the efforts of the Social Development Department and City over the next five years. The project will involve many stakeholders and is being funded by a recently announced grant from the Union of BC Municipalities, through their Poverty Reduction Planning and Action program.

“Our goal as a Council in establishing the Social Development Department two years ago was to ensure the City had a clear, coherent vision moving forward,” says Mayor John Vassilaki. “We’ve seen many successes and we want to keep that momentum going. This work will inform our decisions to ensure Penticton is a safe, caring community.”

Phase one of the project includes a review by external consultants of work to date, key informant interviews, a targeted survey and workshop with p to inform the development of the preliminary outline for the framework. Council will hear an update on phase one results later this summer. Phase 2 will get started in late 2022, and includes broader participation to finalize the framework and transition to implementation.

“Hearing from partners has played an integral role in developing key initiatives over the last two years,” says Blake Laven, the City’s director of development. “As those plans come to fruition, we want to ensure we’re progressing and advocating for the right projects to support the safety and health of the community, the ones the community believes are the correct priorities.”

The framework, once developed, will help inform the City’s roles, advocacy positions, and levels of investments in key areas such as age friendliness, healthy early childhoods, and housing.

Some of these current initiatives include:

  • Completing construction of the Edmonton Avenue child care centre, and exploring redevelopment of Bugaboo University;
  • Obtaining official age-friendly designation from the Province of BC; 
  • Supporting 100 More Homes to achieve national standards under the Built for Zero campaign; and
  • Working with the Youth Action Group to find resources to support higher-risk youth.

Updates on the work can be viewed at Anyone interested in participating can contact the City’s Social Development Department at or 250-490-2400. 


Blake Laven
Director of Development
City of Penticton

Shane Mills
Senior Communications Advisor
City of Penticton