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Women Legacy Project

Vancouver is in a housing crisis and there is significant unmet need for affordable housing in the city – especially housing geared towards women and their families with services necessary for women-led families to thrive.

We're also experiencing a shortage of childcare spaces that is impacting many families with young children in Vancouver.

The land at 2502 Franklin St is being considered as a site for the Women’s Legacy Project of the 2019 Women Deliver conference.

This proposed development would positively impact the lives of women and children in Vancouver, and would be led by women at every stage, from planning to construction.

The proposed project

The proposed project would meet the needs of women and their families - as well as the local community - through:

  • Women-led housing run by an experienced operator, which would prioritize Indigenous women and families
  • A services hub that could include healing and wellness space, entrepreneurial opportunities, legal advocacy, health, arts and culture space, gathering space, and education courses and programs
  • A childcare centre available to those living in the housing, as well as families who live in the neighbourhood, and parents who work in the area
  • Green space
  • Parking for the building, the neighbourhood, and local businesses

A parking analysis will be conducted to ensure that the development provides replacement parking to serve the needs of the neighbourhood and businesses.

This project is still in its early stages, and potential development of the site would require a rezoning application.

Get involved

Neighbours will be able to share their input throughout this process at both a formal open house and Public Hearing.

Along with our partners, we'll hold a community open house prior to a formal rezoning application to listen to feedback and ideas, and to discuss local needs and opportunities for local organizations to be involved.

Women's Equity Strategy

The Women's Equity Strategy aims to make Vancouver a city where all women have full access to resources and opportunities provided in the city.

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The City of Vancouver is located on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

As a City of Reconciliation we are committed to forming a sustained relationship of mutual respect and understanding with Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh's elected leaders and community members, as well as, the Urban Indigenous community.