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Community Economic Development (CED) Strategy

The City of Vancouver is co-creating a Community Economic Development Strategy with Downtown Eastside (DTES) communities to help meet goals of the Downtown Eastside Plan, the Healthy City Strategy, and other directives.

Phase I of the Strategy began in 2015 with the dedication of City-owned assets to CED initiatives including:

Phase II started in 2016 and continues through 2017.

Phase III is planned for launch in late 2017 or early 2018 with a long-term view to sustain partnership driven CED actions, with a commitment to an ongoing transparent and inclusive engagement process.

The CED Strategy will specifically help advance our work on the DTES Plan's sections about:

It will be informed by:

Serve on the CED Action Committee

Do you represent one of these groups in the DTES?

  • Neighbourhood or residents’ association
  • Neighbourhood house
  • Community centre
  • Local social services agency
  • Non-profit social enterprise

Apply to serve on the CED Action Committee.

Learn more and apply

What is community economic development?

CED empowers communities to shape how the local economy provides for residents and impacts their lives.

It asks what kind of community is created and sustained by the local economy, and how to include the people left out.

We all play a part to create an economy that's more just, equitable, and sustainable.

Local businesses, industries, and economic sectors help by:

  • Creating diverse, inclusive employment
  • Adapting to challenges
  • Being proactive, prepared, and resilient

Residents, activists, and organizers help by identifying when the economy fails vulnerable and at-risk people, and what can be done about it.

Map of the DTES

Transparent and inclusive engagement process

Strategy timeline

Date Milestone
March 2016 Form the CED Action Committee

Open applications for quick-start grants

April Close applications for grants
May Hire the CED coordinator

Approve grants

August Present draft CED Strategy to Action Committee
November Present final CED Strategy to City Council for approval
February 2017 Hold the Vancouver CED conference

Apply for funding for CED quick-start projects

In spring 2017, we'll be inviting applications from eligible non-profit organizations that seek funding for CED quick-start projects and initiatives primarily in these areas

  • Local hiring and supported employment
  • Socially-inclusive and community-needs retail (including grocery, food, and beverage)
  • Peer-supported low-barrier work
  • Urban Indigenous social enterprise and micro-enterprise
  • Job creation and economic inclusion for youth at risk
  • Capacity-building and scaling in social enterprise and micro-enterprise
  • Capacity-building in manufacturing and light industry
  • Arts economy

Past updates

Read our submission to the federal government on the creation of a national poverty reduction strategy.

Read the July edition of our CED Strategic Action Committee newsletter (144 KB).

We approved the Lux “Low-Barrier Income Generating and Employment Hub” proposal.

We also disbursed grant funding for the quick-start projects from spring 2016.

We presented the draft CED Strategy to Council on November 30, which was approved unanimously.

We also incorporated the Community Impact Real Estate Society (CIRES) with our partners: BC Housing, and the Vancity Community Foundation.

We released the request for proposal for the programming vision of the Lux “Low-Barrier Income Generating and Employment Hub” and reviewed submissions.

Read the group notes from the meeting we held on August 10.

Read the group notes from the two meetings we held on July 13 and on July 4.

Read the group notes from the meeting we held on June 16.

We held a community forum on February 22 for you to review how we're implementing the DTES Plan and learn about our work to complete the CED Strategy.

We also formed the DTES Community Economic Development Strategic Action Committee to:

  • Refine ideas from the DTES Plan into a focused set of feasible projects
  • Identify initiatives and policy changes
  • Collaborate on the co-creation of the Community Economic Development Strategy before being presented to Council
  • Identify “CED Quick-Start Projects” and any additional feasibility studies or business cases
  • Host working groups on specific issues including poverty reduction and advocacy, sex-work and sex-workers transitioning into other income generating opportunities, community benefits agreements, and urban aboriginal economic development
  • Hold public information sessions on the content of the CED Strategy

Contact the CED planner


Action Committee