People gathered at Victory Square to watch a music concert, with heritage buildings along Hastings Street in the background

Downtown Eastside Plan

The Downtown Eastside Plan, approved by City Council in  2014, provides a vision, policies, and strategies for the Downtown Eastside that focuses on ways to improve the lives of low-income DTES residents and community members.

The plan was developed in partnership with the DTES Neighbourhood Council (DNC), Building Community Society (BCS), and the Planning Committee.

Through each phase of the planning process, there was a range of community engagement opportunities, where residents, business, community groups, and stakeholders shared their ideas and feedback.

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Blood Alley Square Redesign online questionnaire

May 15, 2019 – An open house was held to present the proposed design concept for Blood Alley Square. We are developing an exciting and vibrant redesign to create an inclusive space that is open to people from all walks of life.

View the open house boards  (12 MB)

Your feedback will help us finalize the design. The questionnaire closes June 16, 2019.

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DTES Plan: Community fair

As part of the plan's fifth anniversary, we're organizing a community fair to:

  • Assess plan implementation progress to date, including what's been completed, is underway, and to be done
  • Hear your priorities for DTES Plan funding for the next five years
  • Provide an opportunity for local organizations to showcase their work and achievements in the DTES

Thursday, June 20, schedule to follow
Japanese Hall, 487 Alexander Street, Vancouver

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Call for participants - Be part of the success of the DTES Plan: Community Fair

We're inviting participation from local non-profit organizations, community groups, artists, and vendors for:

  • A display table at the fair
  • Assistance for DTES organizations to create an information display board about your organization
  • An activity or demonstration space at the fair

Sign-up now

Deadline to sign-up is Friday, May 31.

 You do not need to fill out this online form to attend the event as a guest.

If you have any questions, contact the Downtown Eastside planning team at


Get a snapshot of the DTES Plan's goals in the next 30 years.

Full community plan (23.04 MB)

A longer read about managing future change in each area, housing, culture, economy, health, parks, heritage, transportation, and more.

Local Area Profile (12.05 MB)

Use baseline information about the DTES to help you engage with local projects.

The Downtown Eastside Plan was developed in four phases.

  1. Reviewing: We identified what the key issues were and what assets we had to work with.
  2. Planning: We developed planning strategies and corresponding action plans. We also identified what would be accomplished, how, and when.
  3. Feedback and approval: We got feedback from City Council and the public, and after incorporating all of the feedback, we presented the plan to Council for final approval.
  4. Monitoring and evaluation: We will measure our results to determine whether we've made a difference and achieved our goals, and assess what's left to do.

View a detailed timeline of the planning process

Previous planning efforts in the Downtown Eastside have served to revitalize the area.

In April 2005, City Council approved the Carrall Street Greenway that now connects Gastown, the Downtown Eastside, and Chinatown. The greenway facilitates economic revitalization and community development in the Downtown Eastside.

On September 22, 2005, the Housing Plan for the Downtown Eastside was adopted by Council. The plan presents a vision for the future of housing in Chinatown, the Downtown Eastside Oppenheimer District, Gastown, the Hastings Corridor, the Industrial Lands, Strathcona, Thornton Park, and Victory Square. It addressed specific housing types: SROs, social housing, market housing, supportive housing, and special needs residential facilities.

From 2008 to 2011, $10 million was given to the Downtown Eastside to celebrate its heritage, culture, and history as part of the Great Beginnings: Old Streets, New Pride initiative.