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Diverse communities and multiculturalism

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Vancouver is a mix of different religions, abilities, sexual orientations, ethnicities and cultural groups from all over the world and Canada's Aboriginal communities. Staff and Council value this diversity, because it is a source of the city's strength, vitality, and prosperity.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness is reflected in our mission statement:

“To create a great city of communities, which cares about its people, its environment, and the opportunities to live, work and prosper.”

To make sure that all of our citizens – regardless of background – have complete access to civic services, and live free of prejudice and discrimination, City staff offer a wide range of programs and support.

Programs and Initiatives

City Hall Lights Program

Vancouver's Council helps our city's cultural communities celebrate important cultural or religious holidays by creating special light displays on the grounds of City Hall. Learn how your group can arrange a display.

Mentorship Program

The Mentorship Program is a joint partnership with Immigrant Employment Council of BC and is designed to help new immigrants to Vancouver find work that is relevant to their education, skills, and experience.

Restoring Chinatown

The Chinatown revitalization plan will bring residents together to help preserve the area's heritage, while bringing new life to the community.

Multicultural Advisory Committee

The Multicultural Advisory Committee supports diversity and inclusion in Vancouver by working with Council, staff, other agencies, the public, and multicultural groups on key issues.

Political and religious expression

Council encourages religious groups to share their message on City streets, and anyone wanting to place a structure that conveys political expression, by providing them with a free permit.

LGBTQ community

The City actively supports Vancouver's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities through the establishment of the LGBTQ Advisory Committee and participation in Pride Week celebrations.

CitizenU anti-bullying and anti-discrimination

Council is creating a safer, stronger, more inclusive Vancouver, by working with youth and their families to tackle racism, discrimination, and bullying.

Ask. Tell. Connect.

Phone 3-1-1 to ask, tell, and connect with the City

Outside Vancouver:
604-873-7000

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Creating a more inclusive Vancouver

citizenU

The City's citizenU program is creating a safer, stronger, more inclusive Vancouver, by working with youth and their families to tackle racism, discrimination, and bullying across cultures, faiths, and generations.

Visit the citizenU site

Recent employment awards

Learn why we won the 2014 BC's Top Employers award award

Learn why we won the 2014 Canada's Top 100 Employers award

2013 Canada's Greenest Employers award

Last modified: Fri, 08 Jun 2012 15:31:07

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