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.
- 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
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
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.