Resilient City

Resilience is the ability to survive, adapt, and thrive in the face of any challenge.

We are in the process of developing a Resilient Vancouver Strategy, to better understand the trends, hazards, and challenges facing our city, and build our collective capacity to adapt and thrive today and in the future. 

Phase one: Preliminary Resilience Assessment 

April to December 2017

From June to February staff partnered with community organizations, and worked with stakeholders to conduct a Preliminary Resilience Assessment (PRA)  (4.26 MB).

This assessment revealed important insights about the resilience challenges that different people, groups, and neighbourhoods are facing, and highlighted areas of strength across Vancouver.

Overwhelmingly, people agreed that earthquakes and affordability pose the most significant threat to our capacity to thrive in the future. We also heard concerns and ideas about:

  • Building resilience through neighbourhood-based work
  • Impact of technology on our society
  • Ways that the economy may change in the future
  • Ensuring our city infrastructure can serve our growing population under changing climate conditions

We heard that many of our City’s most persistent stresses are symptoms of deeply rooted systemic barriers and bias and that Vancouver’s Resilience is closely tied to reconciliation, culture, equity, accessibility, and climate adaptation. Our resilience story starts with our residents and in our neighbourhoods.

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

Guiding principles

Through input from stakeholders and in alignment with our priorities, we've developed a set of guiding principles that provide a local frame for our work.

  • Reconciliation: Resilience in Vancouver is linked to reconciliation with and among Indigenous peoples
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion: Our strategy is strengthened by the input of diverse people, and will be successful if resiliency is enhanced fairly across our communities
  • Ecological sustainability: Our work will prioritize ecological sustainability as foundational to the long term health of our residents and our economy
  • Building capacity: We'll create a resilience strategy by elevating, amplifying, and building capacity within the community
  • Affordability: Resilience initiatives must consider the impact on affordability; the capacity for people to thrive in the future relies on their ability to live here today.

Discovery areas

These areas are broad and overlapping, and will be explored in connection with our guiding principles. 


In 2016, Vancouver was selected to be part of the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC), Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation – a commitment dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to physical, social, and economic challenges.

Since its launch in 2013, 100RC has helped cities around the world build resilience to threats. Vancouver is one of four Canadian cities and joins Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. 

By working with 100RC, we will build on the work already done, and integrate and amplify resilience solutions being driven by local partners. In developing the City’s Resilience Strategy, Vancouver will seek to address the city’s shocks and stresses through a holistic lens that accounts for the entire urban ecosystem.

With the support of 100RC and community partners, we will develop solutions designed for the interdependence of the city’s systems, and solve multiple challenges through cross-cutting interventions.


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