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Young Planners: Planning Vancouver Together

Calling all Young Planners: What is the Future You Want?

You told us during Phase 1 the things you love about Vancouver (our natural environment, and parks and public spaces), the things that need improvement (how we move around) and what your most important issues are for the future (housing affordability and homelessness, and impacts of climate change).

We took your input and combined it with feedback from our older planners and other recent projects to come up with 10 goals for the future! While your input helped us shape these goals, there’s still work to be done and we need your help again!

We have the Goals but how can we meet them? What ideas will get us to the future we want for everyone?

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is still making it difficult for us to come together and talk about the future, but we still have lots of ways you can get involved and share your ideas with us!

Get Involved!

Young Planners Map

Complete neighbourhoods work well for everyone, which means people of ALL ages, backgrounds, needs and abilities can live, work, shop, learn, and play together in their neighbourhood. When a community is just (equitable), green (sustainable) and fun, everyone can stay healthy and happy in the city.

We want to know how well your neighbourhood works for you and others! Drop a pin and tell us what you think: tag the places that work well and tag the places that need some attention. You can also add comments and suggestions about what we need keep and what needs to be changed! Thanks to our friends at Urbanarium for helping out with this.

Young Planners Session

We’re planning for the future of the city and we need your help!

Maybe you love using the city’s skateparks and basketball courts, maybe you wish the streets were safer for everyone or maybe you just want better parks and spaces to hang out!

We know that a lot of our public spaces don’t work for youth and we want to hear your ideas for how they could be improved. We’re partnering with our friends at Urbanarium for this interactive session that will bring your designs and ideas to life! Designers and artists will run small group sessions facilitated by your peers! You’ll also have a chance to draw along, brainstorm with your peers, share ideas get volunteer hours and maybe win a prize!

New: Vancouver Plan Education Portal

We’ve been working on ways to help you learn about and be part of the Vancouver Plan!

The Future We Want Youth Survey!

Thanks to the 158 youth who gave us their ideas! We have awarded our two prizes and are now analyzing the results. Stay tuned for more ways to share your ideas and check out the word cloud below for a preview of the results!

Planners to the people: Ideas Workshops

We want to meet with you!! We’ve designed a workshop to get your ideas on the future of the City. We’re ready to go: whether that’s virtually to your class, to a group or organization you are part of, or even one-on-one.

Email or call 604-786-2078 to book a time!

We want to hear from you!

How do we reach our goals? What are your ideas for the future? What does the city really need to know about growing up in Vancouver?

Share your ideas however you want. 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 at:

Feeling social? Share your ideas on your channel of choice using hashtag: #YoungPlannersVancouver 

Everything you see is the result of choices made by someone

Have you ever wondered why things in your city are where they are? The sidewalks, the parks, the streets, the buildings – the simple answer is that everything you see in your city is the result of choices made by someone. Too often, those decisions are made without hearing from people like you, the city’s youth. Join us in Planning Vancouver Together and help define the kind of city we want in the future.


Decisions made today will have big impacts in the future.

Things like where to build new housing , where new parks or playgrounds will go, or how we will adapt to sea level rise and protect the environment – all these decisions will have big impacts on how our city evolves for future generations. This is where we need you, our Young Planners, to help us guide the right choices for a future city where we can all thrive.

Resources and Activities

We know you take being a young planner seriously, so we’ve got some activities and resources to help you learn even more about the city: you can build a model of your favourite building, create your own Vancouver mural and find some great books and movies about cities:

Curriculum Connection

Whether you’re just starting Grade 1 or have recently graduated and ready to take on the world, here are some assignments to connect everything you learned in school to the Vancouver Plan, making you an even better Young Planner!

Vancouver Planning 101

You might have noticed that planners often use funny terms, like “zoning” or “mixed-use” or “transportation modes”. Here we’re going to talk about some terms that planners use so that you, as young planners, can understand and help us as we keep moving forward with the Vancouver Plan.

Just for fun

Planning doesn’t have to be all work and no play!! There are tons of fun things to do that can also help you learn about cities or just get out and experience them! Some of these activities are from the city and our partners, while some are resources from other communities. Now let the fun begin!