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Resilient City

Vancouver has been selected as a member of 100 Resilient Cities. See what’s in store for our city.

100 Resilient Cities (100RC) is a program pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation that helps a network of cities gain access to tools, funding, technical expertise, and other resources to build resilience to face 21st-century challenges.

Natural and manmade shocks and stresses from urban growth will continue to hit the world's cities. 100RC is about preparing and acting to strengthen our city economically, environmentally, and socially.

This opportunity will help us expand on our existing initiatives – we've got big aspirations, great strategies, and 100RC will facilitate a breakthrough in our current capacity.

100RC is funding the appointment of a chief resilience officer (CRO) who will work with a committee to develop a resilience strategy that brings together existing initiatives, including our Greenest City Action Plan, Healthy City Strategy, and Digital Strategy.

We want to hear from you

What do you think about our preparations for dealing with shocks and stresses?

Share your thoughts about how we're preparing for dealing with shocks (one-off events like earthquakes) and stresses (day-to-day events like homelessness).

Your feedback will help us shape the Resilience Strategy, compare public concerns with our organizational concerns, and track public opinion about our work to build resilience, and plan accordingly.

The questionnaire closes on January 19, 2017.

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What does resilience mean?

As defined by 100RC, "urban resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow, no matter what kind of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience."

Stresses are day-to-day or cyclical issues like affordable housing, crime, transportation, and social inequity. Shocks are events like fires, floods, and earthquakes. Slower-force stresses can harm cities just as dramatically as one-off events.

By looking at shocks and stresses together, and planning for them as a whole, the 100RC partnership aims to assist cities in increasing their governance, operational, and strategic capacity to:

  • Proactively address their vulnerabilities
  • Learn from experiences
  • Adapt to change

Examples of 100RC programs

More people are living in cities

Vancouver will be in a better position to tackle the key initiatives and challenges most important to our residents.

– Mayor Gregor Robertson

Project timeline

Here is our process and anticipated milestones.

  • Summer 2016

    Vancouver joins 100RC

  • Fall 2016

    Sign a memorandum of understanding with Seattle to support each other's efforts to build resilience

  • We are here
  • Fall 2016
    – winter 2017

    Community engagement

    Engage with the public and stakeholders, and use feedback to help inform strategy focus areas

  • Winter
    – fall 2017

    Strategy development

    Chief resilience officer works with 100RC, their partners, and the public to draft Vancouver's Resilience Strategy

  • Late 2017
    – 2018

    Strategy release and implementation

    Start implementing the strategy with help from 100RC partners, frequently update the public on our performance