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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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Apply for a matching grant for your DTES community project

March 31, 2020 - The deadline to apply is extended to Friday, July 31, 2020.

We will provide matching funds for projects that meet the criteria as outlined in the DTES Plan. Supported projects will:

Each proposed project will also be evaluated for its impact on residents who face structural barriers.

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Spring 2020 progress report to Council

Since the summer of 2019, we've been engaging with the public, including meetings with residents, businesses, social service providers, and local organizations, to gather feedback on the implementation progress of the DTES Plan over the past six years since its adoption in March 2014 (see past updates section below for further information).

All input gathered will be incorporated into a progress report to Council, anticipated for spring 2020. If you or your organization would like to submit feedback, email your comments to

Sign up to get updates for when the report will be available, Council date, and how to sign up if you wish to speak to Council.

DTES Plan Newsletter

December 2019 - The tenth issue of the DTES Plan Newsletter includes updates on the recently published DTES Plan Community Fair summary and DTES jobs and economy snapshot (economic profile), recent engagement activities, and the expropriation of the Regent and Balmoral.

View the community newsletter (1.7 MB)

Infographics of the DTES Plan

By City of Vancouver

DTES Implementation 2014-2019 (241 KB) and DTES Plan summary 2014

Jobs and economy (2.30 MB)

View a snapshot of the jobs and economy in the Downtown Eastside.

Full community plan (26.36 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.