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Vancouver's heritage

We recognize the importance of the diverse heritage of Vancouver residents. Inclusivity and equity are key values that shape our society. One of the ways we uphold these values is through caring for heritage, including Indigenous histories and cultures.

We all have a responsibility to not only acknowledge our past, but to identify, protect, and pass on diverse cultural values and assets to future generations.

Principles

  • Embrace cultural heritage including both tangible and intangible aspects
  • Support the self-expressed histories and heritage of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, and Urban Indigenous Peoples
  • Support cultural redress of systemically excluded ethnocultural groups
  • Enable a policy framework and planning tools to further integrate heritage conservation within citywide planning and urban development processes
  • Provide heritage conservation support for sites listed on the Vancouver Heritage Register

Read the Heritage Program summary  (6 MB)

Vancouver Heritage Program

On March 10, 2020, Council approved a progress report on the Heritage Action Plan and the following:

  • The new Vancouver Heritage Program including its vision, goals, strategic directions, and new policies and management tools 
  • Updated Heritage Property Standards of Maintenance By-law to apply to designated heritage properties city-wide
  • The application of the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada to development on heritage sites city-wide
  • To complete the Vancouver Heritage Register upgrade through the Vancouver Plan public engagement process

Documents

Learn more about heritage in Vancouver

We promote and support the celebration and protection of the city’s heritage values and historic places, and its living cultural heritage, by providing opportunities for a range of public education and awareness programs and through our ongoing partnership with the Vancouver Heritage Foundation.

Find a resource on the Heritage Register

Download the Vancouver Heritage Register to find over 2,200 registered heritage buildings, parks, trees, and monuments.

How we protect heritage properties

We provide a range of management tools and incentives to support heritage conservation and ongoing care for Vancouver’s heritage.

Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Vancouver Heritage Foundation is a registered charity dedicated to supporting the conservation of Vancouver's heritage places.

Heritage Awards

The Heritage Awards recognize the accomplishments of people and organizations who help protect Vancouver's diverse built heritage and history.

Heritage plaque program

Historic buildings in Vancouver that are protected by heritage designations or other legal agreements are marked by a special plaque or marker.

Heritage advisory groups

We have three volunteer-led advisory groups that work to help preserve and protect the character of Vancouver's heritage areas.