Hey Neighbour!

We're examining how residents living in higher density buildings can better connect with each other through design improvements and social programs in their building.

Hey Neighbour! highlights the impact that increased sociability can have on mental and physical health of the residents, and the role that municipalities, residents, and the housing industry can play in cultivating these connections.

This work is done in partnership with the Housing Policy team and will inform the update of the High-Density Housing for Families with Children Guidelines  (144 KB)

Learn how we're updating the guidelines.

Pilot project

Supported by planH , we're conducting a pilot project to learn what tools, techniques, and cultural norms can best help residents to connect in multi-unit buildings when design improvement is not possible. 

Residents from two purpose-built rentals will be given an opportunity and a small honorarium to enhance social connections in their building.

In November 2018, we invited stakeholders and industry leaders to a presentation of the learnings from the Hey Neighbour pilot project and recommendations from the Happy City Designed to Engage report. Learn more about both projects  (9 MB).

Who's in your network?

A target of the Healthy City Strategy is for all Vancouverites to have four people in their network that they can rely on.

Hey Neighbour! helps to address this initiative.


Hey Neighbour case study booklet

Stakeholder field trip

In fall 2017, we took a diverse group of stakeholders from the housing, public health, municipal, private and non-profit sectors on a Hey Neighbour! field trip to tour friendly buildings in Vancouver.

This provided an opportunity for the attendees to hear directly from the residents and property managers, and see the local best practices first-hand.

It also started a conversation around the importance of working collaboratively across industries to support increased sociability among neighbours living in multi-unit buildings. 

Read the case study  (3.9 MB)

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