Creative City Strategy

The strategy aims to develop a comprehensive plan and vision for culture and creativity in Vancouver.

Our previous cultural plan had a term from 2008-2018. In 2017, Council directed staff to develop a new Creative City Strategy. 

At the heart of this process is a firm commitment to address equity, diversity, and inclusion. Building a culture of reconciliation within the strategy will require collaborating closely with the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. 

While developing the strategy, we will work with the arts, culture, and creative communities to identify priorities to guide Vancouver’s future efforts and investments. This will:

  • Include previously underrepresented voices and communities
  • Build partnerships across communities
  • Develop strategies that focus on arts and culture

What's happening

Early findings update

In May 2017, we made a presentation to Council on what we've heard so far from our strategy process to date.

View the presentation pdf file (3 MB)

Creative City Strategy

By City of Vancouver


  • Connect different communities and align interests

    By City of Vancouver

  • Identify priorities to guide our future efforts and investments

    By City of Vancouver

  • Address critical needs and opportunities in a phased action plan

    By City of Vancouver

  • Create fair practices that reflect and connect the diversity of our city

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  • Build a culture of reconciliation throughout Vancouver

    By City of Vancouver

Project timeline

Here is our progress and anticipated milestones.

  • Fall 2017-
    spring 2018

    Phase 1: Discovery

    • What we did:

      • Best practices research on equity and access, formed the External Advisory Committee, consulted with 15 focus groups and kicked off a launch event in partnership with the PuSh Festival
    • Who we consulted with:

      • Established and underrepresented artists and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations; External Advisory Committee; Arts and Culture Policy Council; and creative industries
      • Began a consultation process with Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations at the intergovernmental City of Vancouver Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations meetings and the Vancouver Park Board Reference Group.
  • We are here
  • Summer 2018

    Phase 2: Priorities

    • What we are doing:

      • Public consultations, Host Your Own events, Office Hours with the Managing Director, and engagements at arts and cultural festivals
    • Who we plan to consult with:

      • The public; artists; arts and cultural organizations; External Advisory Committee; and Arts and Culture Policy Council
      • Continuing the concurrent City-to-Nation intergovernmental relationship and consultations with Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
  • Fall -
    winter 2018

    Phase 3: Directions

    • What we will be doing:

      • Synthesize and gather feedback on draft recommendations, research on comparative investment in arts and culture, research on equity and access, and analyze results from BC Culture Track Audience survey
  • Spring 2019

    Phase 4: Recommendations

    Propose recommendations and draft implementation plan

Get involved

Join us at our engagement events and let us know what you think about arts and culture in Vancouver.

What we do

Learn more about our highlights since the last culture plan and what we do at Cultural Services.

Collaborations and partnerships

Collaborations and partnerships

Find out who we are collaborating with to make the strategy process possible.

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Showcase your arts and cultural activities on our platforms.

Vancouver arts and culture landscape

The arts and cultural community is an ecology made up of different stakeholders, sectors, and infrastructure.

Arts and culture

We have a vibrant arts and culture scene from public to performance art, and more.

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