Diverse communities and multi-culturalism


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

Vancouver is a mix of different religions, ethnicities, and cultural groups from all over the world and Canada's Indigenous communities.

Staff and Council value this diversity, because it is a source of the city's strength, vitality, and prosperity.

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

Programs and Initiatives

Historical discrimination

We're working with the community to recommend steps for reconciliation with Chinese people.

Vancouver Immigration Partnership

Learn how we are working with diverse community sectors and organizations to support and integrate newcomers into local communities.

Illuminate City Hall

Apply to light up City Hall for your community's cultural celebration or religious holidays.

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.

Political and religious expression

Council encourages religious groups to pass on their message on City streets, by providing them with a free permit.

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.

Recent employment awards and certifications