Delta’s Mayor hopes a future name change from “Corporation of Delta” to “City of Delta” will boost its profile.
“If you Google ‘cities of British Columbia,’ we’re not there,” says Mayor Lois Jackson, who hopes a name change will put Delta on the map.
“When you’re talking about people that maybe are coming from offshore and want to invest in an area economically, for instance, they look to a city to see what else is going on in that particular city.”
She says economically, Delta has a lot to offer, including two of the largest industrial parks in the country.
“We’ve got the largest container in Canada and the largest coal port on the west coast. There are huge things going on here but it’s not being reflected, people would accept that in a city, we don’t have that identifier.”
She says the change will help them in more ways than one, particularly when it comes to dealing with the government in Ottawa. She says it will also help those who think Delta is a private corporation rather than a city.
Jackson says taxpayers raised concerns over costs but says, city hall won’t move fast, they will use things like stationary until it runs out and replace it when it’s gone.
An official request is expected to go out to the province this week.