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Vancouver Park Board delivers proposed new Joint Operating Agreement to Community Centre Association partners

December 7 2016

"Together with our Community Centre Association partners, we have worked towards a revitalized agreement where the Park Board and CCAs will work in unison to deliver the best possible recreation services to residents," said Park Board Chair Kirby-Yung.

The Vancouver Park Board is entering a new chapter in its relationship with Community Centre Associations with the delivery of a proposed revitalized Joint Operating Agreement, following the conclusion of an eight-month facilitated consultation process with the Board's Community Centre Association (CCA) partners.
 
This renewed JOA affirms the Vancouver Park Board’s continued commitment to a community-engaged model working in partnership with associations. The renewed JOA also clarifies the roles and responsibilities of the Park Board, as well as the roles and responsibilities of the CCAs. Most importantly, the renewed JOA maximizes access to recreation services and benefits for all residents in all communities across Vancouver.

Key benefits for residents

Key benefits for the public envisioned in the new agreement are:

  • Popular OneCard and Flexipass will be accepted citywide
  • Low-income pass holders can use their discount at any community centre
  • Full access to community centres for all residents with no membership fees required
  • New system-wide recreation programs

“Together with our Community Centre Association partners, we have worked towards a revitalized agreement where the Park Board and CCAs will continue to work in unison to deliver the best possible recreation services to residents. This proposed new agreement recognizes both parties’ contributions, while also improving access for Vancouverites,” said Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung.

The inclusive consultation process has established a model for continued collaboration with community centre associations for years to come.

CCAs: valued partners

The Vancouver Park Board has responsibility for system-wide delivery of recreation services under the Vancouver Charter. CCAs are valued partners in service delivery and jointly operate all but three of Vancouver’s 24 community centres with the Park Board.

The Vancouver Park Board:

  • Owns and extends use of community centre buildings to association partners through Joint Operating Agreements
  • Maintains the facilities
  • Hires staff
  • Has legal responsibility for the centres
  • Is responsible for pools, ice rinks, and most fitness centres

CCAs play an important role in Vancouver’s recreation system. They:

  • Design and operate programs in individual community centres that reflect local needs
  • Foster community engagement
  • Drive volunteer recruitment
  • Deliver special events for communities

Our community centres and process to renew the JOA

The story of Vancouver’s community centres began in 1949 when Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre opened in southwest Vancouver. Since then, the Park Board and Community Centre Associations have operated under multiple Joint Operating Agreements. Most of the current agreements date as far back as 1979. Over the years there have been many unsuccessful attempts to negotiate updated joint operating agreements with various parties.

The facilitated consultation launched in April 2016 was distinct from negotiations of past years in that it was a “one table”, fully inclusive and transparent process model open to all Community Centre Association boards and directors, with support and participation from all current Park Board commissioners. It was an open process with information shared at key milestones. Community Centre Associations had frequent opportunities for feedback throughout the lengthy consultation.

Next steps

The new proposed JOA was delivered to CCAs on December 1 and reviewed at a final session on December 3. The agreement will be presented to the public and commissioners at the December 12 Park Board meeting. A special public meeting will be held on January 25 where speakers may be heard, after which the Board of Commissioners will vote on adopting the new agreement. If adopted, the signing deadline for CCAs is March 1 and with the new JOA slated to take effect June 1, 2017.

Learn more about the new proposed JOA