Criteria for names on the Name Reserve List
City-owned assets should generally be named after people who are no longer living, places, events, and things related to the city of Vancouver.
Names after noteworthy persons
The name of the deceased person to be honoured should reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of Vancouver.
To be considered as a name on the Names Reserve List, the person to be honoured must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- The person was exceptionally dedicated or demonstrated excellence in service in ways that made a significant contribution to the community, city of Vancouver, province of British Columbia, or Canada.
- The person volunteered and gave extraordinary help or care to individuals, families, or groups, or support to the community.
- The person risked his or her life to save or protect others.
Names commemorating local history, places, events, or culture
These names must reflect something of significance to the city of Vancouver, the Lower Mainland, British Columbia, or Canada.
Names celebrating the diversity of Vancouver
These names should reflect the name of an event or community contributing significantly to the multicultural diversity of Vancouver.
Names recognizing native wildlife, flora, fauna, or natural features
These names should be a geographical or topographical feature in the local area.
Names that will not be added to the Name Reserve List
Any name suggestion that meets any one of these criteria will not be considered:
- Duplicates an existing civic asset name within the same category of asset (for example, streets) in Vancouver or in the municipalities surrounding Vancouver.
- Is similar sounding to other civic assets in the same category (for example, Beach Avenue and Peach Avenue, or Apple Hill Road and Apple Road).
- Is discriminatory or derogatory.
- Is construed as advertising a particular business.
Renaming civic assets
Members of the public may submit a proposal to rename an existing civic asset by emailing email@example.com. The proposal must include, at a minimum:
- The rationale for changing the name and significance of the proposed name
- The relevance of the proposed name to the asset
- Documented support, including but not limited to petitions and support letters, from at least 75% of property owners that abut the street, place or building
- A map or an illustration, including major intersections of a street to be renamed
- Proposed names that portray Indigenous significance or are after an Indigenous individual, organization or event will require consultation with the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh band councils, or their designates, and adherence to appropriate Indigenous practices or protocols.
Proposed renaming of assets will be considered using the same process as is used for names for new and unnamed assets, including public consultation.