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Building liveable, sustainable, and inclusive communities

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The health and vitality of Vancouver's communities is one of the reasons the city is considered one of the best places on earth to live.

To ensure the continued sustainability and livability of our neighbourhoods, City staff work with community groups and other agencies to address critical social issues that affect us all, and to make sure that the needs of all residents are met.

Staff routinely advise Council on polices and strategies that offer much-needed support and services to all community members, including:

  • Comprehensive childcare and child development strategies 
  • Inclusive, equitable programs and capacity building for Aboriginal Peoples
  • Care and assistance for disadvantaged seniors
  • Programs that involve youth as active partners in the services that affect them
  • Initiatives that meet the needs of Vancouver's multicultural and diverse communities
  • Programs to ensure that all residents live free of prejudice

How we are building a city of healthy communities

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Neighbourhood planning projects

Community plans are important road maps that provide clear but flexible frameworks to guide positive change and development in neighbourhoods

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Accessible city

Vancouver is an accessible and inclusive city, committed to removing barriers and creating equal opportunities for all residents. Find information on accessible City and Park Board programs and initiatives.

Carrall Street Greenway in the Downtown Eastside

Great Beginnings: Old Streets, New Pride

Creating projects that restore our founding neighbourhoods' original public appeal through improvements to public spaces, support for arts and cultural activities, celebrations, and street festivals for both residents and visitors.

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Aboriginal communities

Vancouver plays an important role in helping our Aboriginal communities gain access to services, overcome barriers, and have a voice in civic government. Learn more about our Aboriginal programs and services.

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Children and childcare

Council is committed to making sure that all children get the support and care they need to grow and develop physically and mentally. Learn more about childcare and child development programs.

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Diversity and multiculturalism

Vancouver offers a wide range of programs and support to make sure that all of our citizens - regardless of background - have complete access to services, and live free of prejudice.

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Celebrating diversity and inclusiveness

One way council and staff recognize the valuable contributions of Vancouver's diverse communities is through special celebrations of International Women's Day, Black History Month, Vancouver Pride, Diwali, and others.

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Seniors, women, and youth

The City offers recreational programming, networking opportunties, and personal services that help our seniors, women, and youth interact and feel secure and supported.

Ask. Tell. Connect.

Phone 3-1-1 to ask, tell, and connect with the City

Outside Vancouver:
604-873-7000

Speak your own language

When should you call 9-1-1? Click to find out       Deaf? Have difficulty speaking? Click to learn how to make a TTY call

More ways to contact us

Funding for community sustainability projects

greenest city fund

The Greenest City Fund supports ideas generated and implemented by the community, with available grants totaling up to $500,000 per year.

Learn more and apply

City funding for non-profit service providers

social-grants

City Council provides funding to help community-based social groups offer programs, services, and support to Vancouver's families, children, seniors, and diverse communities.

Learn about available grants and apply

Last modified: Tue, 12 Jun 2012 15:52:31

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