COPE has been Vancouver’s progressive party for over 45 years.
Vancouver is one of the most expensive places to live in North America. Housing costs take up more than a third of income for many households. Childcare costs are the second greatest expense for new families. Transit fares are increasing every year. Meanwhile, taxes are going down for the rich and for big corporations. With federal and provincial governments controlled by conservative parties, we need to take action at the civic level if we want things to change.
COPE is the only party in Vancouver that is based on a strong membership and democratic structure. Everything from our candidates to policy is decided on by our membership. Anybody who lives, works, or studies in Vancouver can become a member and bring forward energy and ideas, either at a meeting or through one of our committees.
Since our founding in 1968 by the Vancouver & District Labour Council, COPE has fought for low-cost housing, lower transit fares, environmental protection, and good unionized jobs. We’ve fought for women’s liberation, LGBTQ movements, indigenous rights, racial justice, and more.
Today, we’re also fighting to clean out the profiteering real-estate corporations and their politicians at City Hall who keep housing prices high. We’re fighting for community-driven planning that serves the needs of residents and builds the affordable housing we need. We are moving to implement real solutions to the climate crisis, such as introducing universal transit passes for all. We’re fighting to make Vancouver more accessible and affordable for working people.