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Your City Hall

Tools and resources for learning how City Hall works, how to get involved, and how to make change happen

City elections take place across BC every four years. We deliver election outreach and engagement in the lead-up to every city election.

But what does democratic engagement look like beyond voting, and why does it matter?

The goals of Your City Hall are to:

Civics toolbox

How City Hall works, how to get involved, and how to make change happen.

What's happeningCity Hall tours on hold

City Hall tours are currently on hold due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Tours will be back once City Hall re-opens to the public and physical distancing protocols allow.

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Residents video gallery

This video gallery of change makers in our community is on display as a slideshow in the third floor foyer of Vancouver’s City Hall. Its purpose is to make visible the impactful leadership of racialized communities, and create a more welcoming and inclusive space for guests and the public visiting the offices of the Mayor, City Clerk’s, and Councillors as well as the Council Chamber.

Vancouver is home to many Indigenous, diasporic communities, and many others who have made and continue to make significant contributions to this city. The video gallery digresses from Anglo-centric, settler-focused story telling and aims to tell a richer and more complete set of stories about the past and present contributions of Vancouver residents in ways that reflect our diversity.  

We're committed to working every day towards our goal of being a City of Reconciliation and repairing relationships with Indigenous and racialized peoples who have historically experienced, and continue to experience, discrimination in our city. Find out more about the steps we have taken in advancing reconciliation, anti-racism, and equity actions

The gallery is timed at a pace for the information to be read slowly. To view the video at a faster speed, click on the settings icon in the bottom right hand corner and adjust the playback speed or view the gallery in this document  (2.5 MB).

Why democratic engagement matters

A public opinion survey conducted by SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue in 2018 found a strong correlation between citizens’ sense of belonging to the community and their commitment to democracy.

Canadians who trust elected officials
*2018, SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
Canadians who feel too few chances for participation
*2018, SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
BC residents who want to be more involved but face barriers
*2019, Vancouver Foundation, Vital Signs
Vancouver residents who feel a sense of belonging
*City of Vancouver Healthy City Strategy

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