Chinatown gate

Chinatown transformation


Vancouver’s Chinatown has served as a symbol of how Chinese-Canadians and other minorities overcame hardships and discrimination together, and in the process, helped make the city a more just society. Today, it's an important part of Vancouver’s cultural identity. 

For a long time, Chinatown’s revitalization has focused on the buildings and public spaces.

In this renewed effort, there is recognition of the need to strengthen Chinatown’s intangible heritage and to view tangible and intangible cultural heritage as synergetic and equally important.

What is living heritage?

Living heritage, also known as intangible heritage, includes traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed to our descendants. It can include language, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, and specific knowledge, practices, and skills.

Chinatown Transformation brochure (2.03 MB)

Read our brochure on transformation work going on in Chinatown today.

Legacy Stewardship Group (LSG)

In 2017, City Council directed staff to establish a Chinatown Legacy Stewardship Group (LSG) comprised of community representatives and stakeholders to oversee and report back on the implementation of work related to revitalizing Chinatown.

Appointed by Council in April 2019, the 35 members of the LSG are tasked with bringing forward a broad range of community perspectives and interests to guide community actions and provide advice to staff on the development of a Cultural Heritage Asset Management Plan (CHAMP) for Chinatown.

LSG terms of reference (1.3 MB)

The Chinatown Transformation Team (CTT)

The CTT is a dedicated staff team formed in September 2018 to work with the community and key partners on Chinatown-related work.

CTT, in collaboration with the community, will develop a long-term Cultural Heritage Asset Management Plan (CHAMP) which will propose priority projects, actions, partners, and resources to foster a vibrant Chinatown. It's also a key component of the overall process towards a possible UNESCO World Heritage Site application for Chinatown.

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Chinatown Transformation Team
Suite 100, 525 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1K9

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