Recent developments with this project
Chinatown economic revitalization update and development policies review
October 2016 - We are preparing an update on the Chinatown Economic Revitalization Action Plan to Council as part of a three-year review.
As part of this update, we are also proposing revisions to development policies in Chinatown to:
- Improve the form of new development
- Provide clarity to density that can be achieved
- Protect the historic character of the neighborhood
- Encourage a wider mix of uses to support the Chinatown economy
Attend our open houses to view the proposed changes and provide your feedback.
Following public consultation, we will bring the proposed changes to Council for their consideration in January 2017.
$100,000 awarded to implement phase 1 of the Chinese Society Legacy Program
June 15, 2016 - Following an update on the overall program implementation plan and funding strategy for the Chinese Society Legacy Program, Council approved a grant of $100,000 to the Chinatown Society Heritage Buildings Association (CSHBA). In consultation with the CSHBA, these funds will be used as seed capital to implement phase 1 of the program. The goal of phase 1 is to have two to three buildings ready for rehabilitation in 2017 of the program. We will report back in one year to provide an update on the results of the fundraising drive, and may include a revised implementation plan and timeline.
$496,000 awarded for 2016 Chinese Society Buildings Matching Grants
May 4, 2016 - Council approved $496,000 in the third round of matching grants to 10 Chinese family clan and benevolent societies: $140,000 to four first-time applicants, and $356,000 to six applicants that previously received matching grants in 2014 and 2015.
Three of the four first-time applicants provide a total of 19 affordable rental housing units with monthly rents ranging from $175 to $900. Half of the six return applicants provide a total of 49 affordable rental housing units with monthly rents ranging from $180 to $686.
The matching grants assist societies to make essential repairs to their buildings, protecting heritage and supporting the affordable and seniors housing provided by many societies in Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside. The grant program recognizes the importance of these buildings as vital cultural anchors, critical to preserving and fostering the unique Chinese identity and character of Chinatown, and the societies as key partners in Chinatown’s revitalization.
2016 Applications now open for the Chinese Society Buildings Matching Grant
January 29, 2016 - Applications are now open for the third round of Chinese Society Buildings Matching Grants focusing on societies with heritage buildings and affordable housing. Priority will be given to eligible first-time applicants followed by societies that have previously received only one grant. You may apply for a new matching grant if the proposed project is a new and distinct scope of work from previously awarded matching grants.
Application deadline: Friday, February 19, 2016
Third round of Chinese Society Buildings Matching Grant approved
December 10, 2015 - Following an update on the progress of the first and second round of matching grants, Council approved $400,000 towards a third round, with priority consideration for eligible first-time applicants followed by societies that have previously received only one grant. Of the 30 matching grants approved in 2014 and 2015:
- 25 have been completed or are in progress, with building rehabilitation projects totaling close to $1.7 million in matching funds
- 3 were withdrawn by the applicant
- 2 applications are incomplete
Look for information on how to apply in spring 2016.
New building rehabilitation program: Chinese Society Legacy Program
December 10, 2015 - Council approved a new building rehabilitation program to protect and conserve the 12 society heritage buildings in Chinatown, and committed $3.6 million towards the total program budget of $36 million. These heritage buildings are over 100 years old and are in urgent need of rehabilitation. The program aims to upgrade these important heritage assets and create a lasting cultural legacy for generations to come.
The city manager will work with the Chinatown Society Heritage Buildings Association to explore strategic partnerships and funding opportunities with senior levels of government, philanthropic organizations, and community partners to secure the budget for the Chinese Society Legacy Program.
We will report back on the program funding strategy in March 2016.
$927,500 awarded for Chinese Society Buildings Matching Grants
May 13, 2015 - Council approved $927,500 in the second round of matching grants to 13 Chinese family clan and benevolent societies: $595,000 to eight first-time applicants, and $332,500 to five applicants that previously received matching grants in 2014. Of the eight first-time applicants, half provide a total of 31 affordable rental housing units with monthly rents from $100 to $500. Of the five return applicants, four societies provide a total of 166 affordable rental housing units with monthly rents from $270 to $670. These grants help to retain the Societies in Chinatown, where they have provided housing, cultural, social, educational, and recreational services to their communities for over 100 years.
Deadline extended for Chinese Society Buildings Matching Grant Program to February 27
January 19, 2015 – We are accepting applications for the second round of matching grants and have extended the application deadline to Friday, February 27, 2015.
Strategic support for the Chinatown society heritage buildings
January 2015 – In response to Council direction on July 9, 2014, we are seeking a consultant team to give strategic support for rehabilitating the heritage society buildings, to compliment the Chinese Society Buildings Matching Grant Program. The consultant team will conduct technical studies of the society heritage buildings in Chinatown, and prepare a business case and partner-development package for the buildings' rehabilitation. The team's studies will be done in collaboration with the Chinatown Society Heritage Building Association under the direction of the chief housing officer.
$1.16 million awarded for Chinese Society Buildings Matching Grants
December 17, 2014 – Council approved $1.16 million in matching grants to 17 Chinese family clan and benevolent societies for critical capital upgrades to society-owned buildings in Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside. Of the 17 applications received, 10 societies provide 407 affordable rental housing units with monthly rents from $175 to $670. These grants support and strengthen the societies, which continue to play a vital role in protecting affordable housing and preserving Chinatown's unique character, cultural identity, and heritage.
Chinese Society Buildings Matching Grant Program now accepting applications
October 3, 2014 – Applications are open for the Chinese Society Buildings Matching Grant Program. The first grant intake closes on Friday, October 31 and the second on Friday, January 30, 2015. Societies may apply for a new grant each intake if the proposed project is for a new, distinct scope of work.
Chinese Society Buildings Matching Grant Program – a DTES Plan Quick Start to support community heritage initiatives
July 9, 2014 – A new grant program and strategic support for critical upgrades to preserve and protect buildings owned by Chinese Family Clan and Benevolent Societies has been approved by Vancouver City Council.
The grant program will provide matching grants for capital maintenance and upgrades to buildings owned by the societies. Heritage buildings and those with affordable and social housing units will get priority consideration. A consultant study will also be completed in partnership with the Chinatown Society Heritage Building Association.
Further information on how to apply will be available in the fall.
華裔社團建築物等額補貼計劃 — 為支持社區傳統專案而設的市中心東端計劃「快速起步」措施
2014年7月9日 — 溫哥華市議會通過了一項新的補貼計劃及策略性的支援措施，協助保存及保護華裔宗親及會館組織所擁有的建築物。
這項補貼計劃會為上述社團名下建築物的基本維護及改善工程提供等額補貼。史蹟建築物以及提供可負擔房屋及公共房屋單位的建築物，將會獲得優先考慮。另外，市府亦會與「華埠團體傳統樓協會」 (Chinatown Society Heritage Building Association) 合作完成一項諮詢研究。
Council approves the Chinatown Neighbourhood Plan and Economic Revitalization Strategy
July 25 2012 – Council approved the Chinatown Neighbourhood Plan and the three-year Economic Revitalization Strategy. The Plan is the result of over a decade of community work to encourage private sector investment in the community and improve conditions for those who live, work, and visit the area. The Economic Strategy builds on learnings from the plan and includes short- and medium-term actions to support business retention, expansion, and attraction.
National Historic Site designation
Fall 2011 – Chinatown received the National Historic Site designation from the Minister of Environment. This designation raises the public's awareness of Chinatown and its rich cultural history.
Public involvement on economic action plan
June 29, 2011 – A public workshop was held to launch a short-term economic action plan development process and to get input from local residents, businesses, and the public.