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The process and timeline to create the Vancouver Plan includes four phases of public engagement and will respond to what we hear and learn along the way. We know we need your help to create the Vancouver plan and we value your time. The City is committed to the following principles to guide this work:

  • Let’s include all voices
  • Let’s advance reconciliation
  • Let’s support community leadership
  • Let’s go to where people are
  • Let’s ensure many ways to participate
  • Let’s make it fun, easy and relevant


Where are we now?

Starting October 25, after carefully considering community input and carrying out critical technical work, the Vancouver Plan team will share choices and priorities for the city that illustrate different ways we can grow in the future based on previous feedback.

They include 3 “Big Ideas’ that have emerged from two earlier phases of public engagement:

  • More equitable housing and neighbourhoods
  • An economy that works for all
  • Climate protection and restored ecosystems



What we’ve heard along the way, starting from the beginning.


Fall 2019 – September 2020

Phase 1: Listen and Learn + Recovery

The first phase of public engagement sought to understand what matters most to you and our communities.

In addition to identifying key areas of immediate priority, the input we received in this phase also helped inform goals and aspirations for the longer term – goals for the city we want to become. This included core challenges, what brings us joy and how we can move forward.

Ultimately, Phase 1 identified the values we hold and helped identify 10 Provisional Goals for our future.



Pandemic Response

April 2020 – May 2020

Active engagement put on hold during the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

October 2020 - July 2021

Phase 2: Developing Emerging Directions

Building on our collective perspectives and hopes for Vancouver, we explored trends and forecasts that could impact the outcome of our future and discussed ideas for how we can achieve the 10 Provisional Goals. In addition, the input we received told us the status quo of City policies would not deliver a desired future, we need specific proposal for the Vancouver Plan and our future.

Ultimately, Phase 2 helped form the 3 ‘Big Ideas’ and informed ideas and directions on ways we could grow to explore further.

August 2021 – November 2021

Phase 3: Options and Trade-Offs

Starting on October 25, we will share choices and priorities for how Vancouver could grow into the future. Residents are encouraged to pre-register for engagement opportunities, where they will be able to provide input on ways the city could grow and change to 2050 and beyond.

December 2021 - June 2022

Phase 4: Revising and Final Plan

With further clarity on the city we want to become and the choices we are willing to make to get there, this final phase of engagement will see us finalizing our draft Vancouver Plan and ensuring the right tools and partnerships are in place to move us towards the future we desire. Before reporting to Council in the Summer 2022, we’ll report back to you to ensure we’ve gotten it right.


Implementation: Move Forward Together

With a Council approved Vancouver Plan, we will begin to make the changes and investments needed to intentionally achieve our collective vision. As we do this, we will continue to monitor, report out and adjust our actions to ensure that we are moving forward together, towards a Vancouver where all who live, work and play here are truly able to thrive.