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Resilient City

Vancouver has been selected as a member of 100 Resilient Cities. See what’s in store for our city.

In 2016, Vancouver was selected to participate in the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC). This program was pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation and helps a network of cities gain access to tools, funding, technical expertise, and other resources to build resilience to face 21st-century challenges.

Natural and manmade shocks and stresses from urban growth will continue to hit the world's cities. 100RC is about preparing and acting to strengthen our city economically, environmentally, and socially.

This opportunity will help us expand on our existing initiatives – we've got big aspirations, great strategies, and 100RC will facilitate a breakthrough in our current capacity.

Chief resilience officer

With funding from 100RC, we have hired our very first chief resilience officer, Katie McPherson to:

  • Lead the development of a citywide Resilience Strategy with the support of 100RC to ensure our residents, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks Vancouver may experience
  • Drive action to address our most pressing resilience challenges by leveraging resources and knowledge from 100RC, its partners, and other member cities, along with local communities and partners

Read our April 2017 news with Katie's bio

Chief Resilience Officer Katie McPherson

What does resilience mean?

When we talk about urban resilience, we are thriving to build capacity within our residents, businesses neighbourhoods, and systems to survive, adapt, and grow, no matter what kind of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.

Stresses are day-to-day or cyclical issues like affordable housing, crime, transportation, and social inequity. Shocks are events like fires, floods, and earthquakes. Slower-force stresses can harm cities just as dramatically as one-off events.

By looking at shocks and stresses together, and planning for them as a whole, our resilience strategy will aim to: assist cities in increasing their governance, operational, and strategic capacity to:

  • Proactively address their vulnerabilities
  • Learn from experiences
  • Adapt to change

Examples of 100RC programs

More people are living in cities

Vancouver will be in a better position to tackle the key initiatives and challenges most important to our residents.

Project timeline

Here is our process and anticipated milestones.

  • Summer

    Vancouver joins 100RC

  • Fall 2016

    Sign a memorandum of understanding with Seattle to support each other's efforts to build resilience

  • Fall 2016 –
    winter 2017

    Community engagement

    Engage with the public and stakeholders, and use feedback to help inform strategy focus areas

  • We are here
  • Winter -
    fall 2017

    Strategy development

    Chief resilience officer works with 100RC, their partners, and the public to draft Vancouver's Resilience Strategy

  • Late 2017
    – 2018

    Strategy release and implementation

    Start implementing the strategy with help from 100RC partners, frequently update the public on our performance

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