W.E. Connect

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'W.E. Connect' orange text against yellow background. W.E. Connect is the West End Community Hub project slogan for the reimagining process.

Deepen your connections to this community, this place, this land. Then, help imagine the renewed West End Community Hub.

Help shape the future of the site that currently includes the West End Community Centre, King George Secondary School, Joe Fortes Library, and other important civic facilities.

It all begins with reconciliation. We invite you to listen and learn from Knowledge Holders from the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Then, share your own experiences of the West End and hopes for a new community hub by attending online events, visiting project pop-up locations, and joining us in-person.


Get involved


A Renewal Plan

W.E. Connect is a project led by the City of Vancouver, Vancouver School Board, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, Vancouver Public Library, and the West End Community Centre Association. This work builds on previous community engagement processes and takes direction from the West End Community Plan, VSB Long Range Facilities Plan, Vancouver Public Library Strategic Plan, and VanPlay.

This project will produce a renewal plan - a document that will guide and direct the future of the site’s buildings, programming, and outdoor spaces.

  • The West End Community Centre will be replaced to meet the needs of the growing West End neighbourhood, including renewal of an ice rink.

  • King George Secondary School will be redeveloped to provide more spaces for students and meet seismic upgrade requirements.

  • Joe Fortes Public Library will be expanded to provide a larger library space.

  • The renewed community hub will likely have combined and shared programming spaces. Other potential uses that could serve the West End will be considered for addition or expansion in the renewal plan, including a relocation of Firehall No. 6, childcare, seniors’ spaces, and arts and culture facilities.





Deepen your connections to this community, this place, this land. Then, help imagine the renewed West End Community Hub.

Help shape the future of the site that currently includes the West End Community Centre, King George Secondary School, Joe Fortes Library, and other important civic facilities.

It all begins with reconciliation. We invite you to listen and learn from Knowledge Holders from the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Then, share your own experiences of the West End and hopes for a new community hub by attending online events, visiting project pop-up locations, and joining us in-person.


Get involved


A Renewal Plan

W.E. Connect is a project led by the City of Vancouver, Vancouver School Board, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, Vancouver Public Library, and the West End Community Centre Association. This work builds on previous community engagement processes and takes direction from the West End Community Plan, VSB Long Range Facilities Plan, Vancouver Public Library Strategic Plan, and VanPlay.

This project will produce a renewal plan - a document that will guide and direct the future of the site’s buildings, programming, and outdoor spaces.

  • The West End Community Centre will be replaced to meet the needs of the growing West End neighbourhood, including renewal of an ice rink.

  • King George Secondary School will be redeveloped to provide more spaces for students and meet seismic upgrade requirements.

  • Joe Fortes Public Library will be expanded to provide a larger library space.

  • The renewed community hub will likely have combined and shared programming spaces. Other potential uses that could serve the West End will be considered for addition or expansion in the renewal plan, including a relocation of Firehall No. 6, childcare, seniors’ spaces, and arts and culture facilities.





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    Can you build social housing for seniors on top of the community center? please.

    Moana57 asked 19 days ago

    Thank you for your feedback! We encourage you to get involved in ongoing engagement opportunities to share more detailed feedback and help co-create a vision and principles for the renewed community hub and space use needs for the site.

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    Is considering being given to building housing on the new development, similar to the housing built over the mount pleasant library and community centre?

    krm asked 21 days ago

    At this stage, we are working with the community to co-create a vision and principles for the renewed community hub. Starting in Winter 2022, we will work with the community to identify space use needs and site development potential, and explore opportunities for faster delivery of the public benefits. The community co-creation process may include options for housing similar to that at Mount Pleasant Community Centre, including Social Housing, for the community to consider.

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    Hello! First of all, I want to thank you for your efforts to build this project, and for the wonderful online session yesterday (September 21. 2021). It was inspiring to hear from Indigenous artists and to know that this vision embodies values like respect, representation and reconciliation. As a West End resident, I couldn't be more thrilled with this promising beginning! In light of all this, my question may seem a bit prosaic, but here it goes: regarding the future design/architecture of the site, will there be an open competition (whether local, regional, national or international) of architectural firms? Thanks again!

    Westenderita asked 28 days ago

    Thank you for participating! We are excited that this renewal process will be rooted in xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Knowledges. Yes, work related to the renewal process for goods and services over $75,000 and construction over $200,000 will go through the City of Vancouver’s formal bid process to ensure a transparent, fair and competitive procurement process for consultants. To learn more about the City’s procurement policies, click here.

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    I am wondering given the use of the West End Community Centre as an Emergency and Disaster muster point if Emergency Preparedness is being considered and how as part of this redevelopment?

    Ann Marie asked 28 days ago

    Yes, the West End Community Centre is designated as a Disaster Support Hub. The West End Community Centre does and will continue to play a key role in the resiliency of the West End neighbourhood. The West End Community Centre Renewal will seek to build on the Centre’s existing capacity to provide disaster support services after earthquakes and other emergencies, including temporary lodging after apartment or house fires, cooling centres during heat waves, heating centres during extreme cold, air quality centres during smoke events, etc.

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    The City should be more transparent with the redevelopment of the WECC , VPL Joe Fortes ,King George School, with development dates & where these facilities be temporarily moved to !

    NUB4YOU asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your question! During this phase, project partners are committed to co-creating a shared vision for the future of the West End Community Hub site with the community. The purpose of this phase of work, to end in Fall 2022, is to create a Renewal Plan. This plan will guide the future of the site’s buildings and outdoor spaces and will outline project phasing, including how services will be maintained throughout future redevelopment to ensure there is a continuity of service for West End residents. As part of this process, several development options with different phasing strategies and timelines for development will be brought back to community for feedback in Spring 2022.

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    What is the timeline for the King George Secondary rebuild/seismic upgrades?

    KF asked about 1 month ago

    As part of the current phase of work, several development options with different phasing strategies and timelines for development will be brought back to community for feedback in Spring 2022.

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