Vancouver Plan

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Help create a bold new plan for our city’s future. The Vancouver Plan will guide growth and change for our entire city to 2050 and beyond so that current and future generations on these traditional unceded lands we call Vancouver can thrive. With your help, we will hear from all the voices that are representative of the diversity and richness of our population.

Visit to learn more about the Vancouver Plan, who we've heard from and how to get involved.

Where are we now?

Starting October 25, the City will share choices and priorities for how Vancouver could grow into the future that are based on feedback from the community to date. Everyone who lives, works or plays in Vancouver is invited and encouraged to visit vancouverplan.ca to pre-register for upcoming engagement events:

  • Online survey about different ways Vancouver could grow.
  • Virtual open house provides background information, including the many ways to participate.
  • Virtual neighbourhood area workshops facilitated by City staff to discuss ideas and directions, and gather feedback from neighbourhood perspectives.
  • Outdoor community pop-ups with unique, socially-distanced in-person booths. No registration required.
  • Drop in open house at City Lab (511 W Broadway, Vancouver). No registration required.

Please subscribe for updates by hitting the “subscribe” button on this page or email us at planningtogether@vancouver.ca

We look forward to hearing from you!

Help create a bold new plan for our city’s future. The Vancouver Plan will guide growth and change for our entire city to 2050 and beyond so that current and future generations on these traditional unceded lands we call Vancouver can thrive. With your help, we will hear from all the voices that are representative of the diversity and richness of our population.

Visit to learn more about the Vancouver Plan, who we've heard from and how to get involved.

Where are we now?

Starting October 25, the City will share choices and priorities for how Vancouver could grow into the future that are based on feedback from the community to date. Everyone who lives, works or plays in Vancouver is invited and encouraged to visit vancouverplan.ca to pre-register for upcoming engagement events:

  • Online survey about different ways Vancouver could grow.
  • Virtual open house provides background information, including the many ways to participate.
  • Virtual neighbourhood area workshops facilitated by City staff to discuss ideas and directions, and gather feedback from neighbourhood perspectives.
  • Outdoor community pop-ups with unique, socially-distanced in-person booths. No registration required.
  • Drop in open house at City Lab (511 W Broadway, Vancouver). No registration required.

Please subscribe for updates by hitting the “subscribe” button on this page or email us at planningtogether@vancouver.ca

We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Phase 2 Update: Envisioning the Future

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    By the end of our first phase of engagement in spring 2020 and after a year of listening, we developed 10 Provisional Goals for the city we want to become.

    For Phase 2, Developing Emerging Directions, we engaged over 10,000 community members and involved over 90 community organizations to gather 2,697 ideas on how we achieve the Provisional Goals and develop ideas for the Future We Want.

    The report summarizes the engagement events and feedback we received. Click here to read the engagement summary report.

  • The Future We Want: The Change We Need

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    You’ve helped shape our priorities and now it’s time to choose what you want for your future.

    From November 2019 to August 2020 you helped us to understand your challenges and identify what matters most to you and your communities. We would like to thank you for all of your contributions to this first phase of Planning Vancouver Together, which we’ve summarized online and created a detailed Council report.


    We have now launched Phase 2 of our public engagement to develop the Vancouver Plan.

    The Future We Want: The Change We Need offers everyone the opportunity to explore the 10 Provisional Goals for the Vancouver Plan. The Goals reflect the 12,000 community perspectives we heard during the intense Listen and Learn Phase 1 of public engagement, such as increasing unaffordability, greater inequity, eroding trust in government, and many becoming anxious for future generations in Vancouver.

    Throughout this second phase of engagement we will be working with you towards the critical choices we collectively need to make to achieve these Goals in the future.

    There will be many opportunities to participate in the coming months. Start by sharing your thoughts on the Provisional Goals. As a thank you for your participation, you may wish to enter the $100 value prize draw at the end of the survey!

    Starting on November 24th, you will be able to facilitate a conversation about the future with your immediate household through our The Future We Want: Conversation Kits. Then on December 10th, join us as we host an on-line dialogue series in partnership with Simon Fraser University focusing on the big challenges we face as a city and fresh ideas to tackle them. Visit vancouverplan.ca/get-involved for more details.

  • Young Planners: Assemble!

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    The Vancouver Plan team is continuing to work with local community partners and organizations to make sure that youth are playing an active role in our planning processes.

    We also launched the Young Planners webpage to support youth digitally. The webpage features activities, games, and other learning materials to help youth learn more about city planning and how to get involved with Planning Vancouver Together. Stay up to date on all youth engagement activities and events by visiting the Young Planners page at vancouverplan.ca/youngplanners

    The webpage will soon feature highlights from the first online youth events that took place in mid-August 2020 where youth under 20 explored planning at the neighbourhood scale. Young planners shared their ideas for better neighbourhoods using Vancouver Plan sketchbooks and by engaging in youth facilitated discussions with support from architects who helped to bring ideas to life through digital drawings.

    But there’s still lots to do and the team would love to hear from you! Share your ideas with us however you like. Show us your drawings, collages, photos, videos, you name it! You can build a sculpture, record a podcast – we’ll even watch your Tik Toks! Wherever your imagination takes you, we want to see it. Please share it with us by email at planningtogether@vancouver.ca or tag us on social media with the hashtag #YoungPlannersVancouver

    Staff are also here to talk with youth about the Vancouver Plan, whether that’s virtually to your class, to a group or organization you are part of, or even one-on-one.

    Email stina.hanson@vancouver.ca or call 604-786-2078 to book a time!

  • Initial Vancouver Plan Survey Results

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    The Vancouver Plan survey was active from November 2019 until mid-March 2020. The survey was designed to capture a picture of the current challenges and hopes of those who live, work and play in Vancouver; as well as those who want to do so.

    In total, there were nearly 9,800 responses with close to 50,000 open ended questions answered – this was an incredible response! Your contributions have greatly helped to inform our understanding of major priorities areas and concerns for the residents, businesses and community partners. We thank each of you for taking the time to share your voices and opinions with us.

    The survey was made available online in five languages: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Punjabi, and Tagalog. A diverse multi-lingual team made up of experienced community organizers used the survey to engage with communities around the City such as Chinatown, South Vancouver, Downtown Eastside, Strathcona and Kitsilano.

    Key findings highlighted peoples hopes and fears for future generations and what they felt are the city's most urgent issues to address.

    A full report of will be made available on this website soon – please stay tuned for updates! In the meantime, we thank you for your patience and a high level summary of the survey findings can be found here.

  • Phase 1: Listen & Learn - Council Update

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    On March 13, 2020 the Vancouver Plan team reported back to Vancouver City Council with it's first update on their early listening phase, Phase 1: Listen & Learn of the engagement process.

    The update provided an overview of major themes drawn from approximately 9,800 survey responses, 1,000 interviews, and over 80 community meetings. The initial survey was available in English, in addition to translations in traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Punjabi and Tagalog.

    The survey asked what were the hopes and fears for people living and working in Vancouver and what they felt are the city's most urgent issues to address are, as well as future priorities. Some of the major themes that emerged were:

    • Over half of respondents felt their life in Vancouver was getting worse (this survey was pre-COVID-19).
    • Some of the most urgent priorities for people were housing affordability, the visibility of people struggling, homelessness, climate change and transportation.
    • The greatest fears for future generations emerged as climate change, housing affordability and cost of living.
    • The things that brought the most joy were nature and beauty, accessible amenities, and social connections.


    Staff also presented on the planned future engagement, including the host-your-own Conversation Kits (release currently postponed), the Future We Want May summit (currently postponed), and the reference documents: Vancouver Today: Reference Guide, and Vancouver Today: The City At A Glance.

    The presentation can be found here, and is also listed under the Documents section on our homepage.

  • Joint Council Committee Meeting

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    On November 28, 2019 the Vancouver Plan team and the Broadway Plan team hosted a Joint Council Advisory Session. All the Council Advisory Committees were invited to attend and many sent representatives. The intent of the session was to provide an update on the two projects and to seek input from the committees on the engagement process for both plans.

    Participants worked together to discuss ideas and opportunities for inclusive and representative engagement across Vancouver’s diverse communities and the potential for continued involvement in these concurrent planning processes.

    The following themes were developed based on the feedback provided, which largely applied to both projects:

    • Local-based engagement - go to where people are
    • Respect - compensation for time given
    • Diverse engagement techniques and tactics
    • Inclusive - ensure other voices included
    • Transparency – show your work
  • Vancouver Plan Launch + Survey

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    On November 14 2019, we started our planning process by asking questions to understand the challenges and priorities of our residents. As part of the consultation, the Vancouver Plan team launched a website which provides updates on planning processes, insight on how to get involved, and the opportunity to stay connected to what we're doing by signing up for the Vancouver Plan newsletter.

    During initial meetings that took place, Vancouver City Councillors were paired with different social and demographic groups, such as the youth environmental group Sustainabiliteens, business association presidents and other community leaders, and Chinese-Canadian elders and Indigenous youth in Strathcona.

    Conversations with local First Nation governments Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh began in order to discuss how engagement and communication could move forward in a good way with respect to each communities' distinct protocols and ways of working.

  • EcoCity World Summit

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    In October 2019 at the international EcoCity Conference in Vancouver, youth climate activist Xiye Bastida from NYC spoke with Planning General Manager, Gil Kelley. Taking some time away from her classes, Ms. Bastida explained how the power of youth movement lies in its ability to tackle every sector and how t's both international and intersectional.

    The current movement is bringing forward youth, indigenous and female voices. Gil thanked her for her effort and assured here how we are going to work hard to do better for the future generations - which is the key priority for the Vancouver Plan.

  • Council approves the development of the Vancouver Plan

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    For the first time in 20 years, the City of Vancouver will undertake a city-wide planning process. The plan will address the social, economic, environmental and cultural aspects of daily life, in addition to land-use and transportation planning while integrating key considerations of reconciliation, equity and resiliency. The goal is to enable people, communities, and future generations to thrive. You can view the Council report here.

    The Vancouver Plan will be developed during a three-year period (2019 - 2022), and will guide future priorities for the City of Vancouver into 2050 and beyond.

    The planning process will:

    • Ask the fundamental question: 'What kind of city do we want to become over the coming decades, and why?'
    • Acknowledge the colonial history of Vancouver, and the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations care and stewardship of this land.
    • Broadly engage residents, workers, employers, institutions, non-profits, civic and neighbourhood groups throughout the city.
    • Highlight key choices, trade-offs and strategies that will allow us to realize a shared vision for the future.
    • Align with, and inform, existing planning and policy efforts at the City and by other regional agencies.
  • Council direct staff to begin a City-wide Plan

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    On November 13, 2018 Vancouver City Council directed staff to expedite the development of a city-wide plan (view Council direction here). A long-term, city-wide plan would establish a clear framework to address rising issues in Vancouver such as housing affordability, environmental and social health. It would also address the need for long-term clarity around land-use, leveraging long-term capital investments and programs with senior levels of government, and encouraging a culture of innovation.

    "Creating a long-term plan that takes into account the needs of all residents - current and future - is a positive and proactive way to collectively guide our future," said Mayor Kennedy Stewart.

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