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Vancouver City Hall

City’s credit outlook revised to positive on improving financial management practices

Feb 5, 2016 – Our long-term credit and senior unsecured debt credit ratings, as well as short-term issuer credit rating were affirmed at AA+ and A-1+, respectively. This change follows an increase in credit rating from AA to AA+ in 2015.

Heron on a rock in English Bay with a tanker in the background

City asks NEB not to approve pipeline expansion

Feb 5, 2016 – Our lawyers delivered our final oral argument to the National Energy Board in Calgary today on the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.

The City’s Building Energy Retrofit Strategy targets the buildings that will most help to reduce these emissions.

New fund to spur energy efficiency upgrades for buildings

Feb 3, 2016 – The $1 million fund will support our work to carry out the Building Energy Retrofit Strategy to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from buildings. Learn about the fund's first steps.


Vancouver Park Board wants nature in the city, not an urban jungle

Feb 2, 2016 – Park Board has approved a comprehensive plan to increase the size and quality of Vancouver’s natural areas including forests, wetlands, streams, shorelines, and meadows.

City Hall's 12th Avenue entrance

City to issue first Development Permits for medical marijuana-related businesses

Feb 1, 2016 – Decisions are expected in February on the first Development Permit applications for medical marijuana-related retail uses submitted under our recently-adopted zoning regulations. Find out more.

Road barricades around a construction site

Large infrastructure upgrades will enhance safety and improve water quality

Jan 26, 2016 – This spring, we will continue replacing the water main on Pender Street and start infrastructure upgrades along the Burrard Corridor and Southwest Marine Drive.

Illustration of the new development at 288 East Hastings St

Downtown Eastside Plan delivers first project with 60% social housing requirement

Jan 25, 2016 – The City's Development Permit Board approved a new development in the DTES with 172 housing units. Learn about the building and housing requirements.


Vancouver takes next steps on Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report

Jan 19, 2016 – We took further steps on our commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation, with Council approving to move forward on 41 actions as outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

glass grey recycling box

Separate glass collection - New grey box introduces changes to how you sort recycling

Jan 13, 2016 – Glass will be collected separate from plastic, metal, and paper containers in 2016. The grey box, a special container for recycling glass bottles and jars, will be delivered to homes throughout Vancouver beginning this January.

Home under construction

Building permit values hit all-time record as Vancouver’s economic growth continues

Jan 13, 2016 – The building permits we issued in 2015 hit a value of $3.2 billion, marking an all-time record in Vancouver’s growing economy.

Park Board approves 11 recommendations in response to Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Jan 12, 2016 – The Vancouver Park Board endorses 11 ambitious strategies to advance the historic work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Board programs and facilities.

City Hall's 12th Avenue entrance

City submits final arguments on Kinder Morgan pipeline to National Energy Board

Jan 12, 2016 – In our final written submission to the National Energy Board (NEB), we have concluded that the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion is not in the public interest. Find out more.

Holiday lights at VanDusen Garden

Park Board’s Festival of Lights at VanDusen enjoys most successful year ever!

Jan 5, 2016 – Almost 110,000 people attended the Festival of Lights. The lights are on for two more weekends. Get the details.

Find out about Christmas tree chipping

Keep it green this holiday season and recycle your Christmas tree

Jan 4, 2016 – Vancouver residents have three green options this month for recycling their live, cut Christmas trees. Prepare trees for recycling by removing all tinsel and decorations.


Pledge your resolutions for a cleaner climate in 2016

Dec 30, 2015 – In 2016, Vancouver garnered international attention for the work that residents, businesses and local government have done to move Vancouver towards becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020.

Polar Bear Swim

Vancouver Park Board’s Polar Bear Swim back for 96th year on January 1st

Dec 28, 2015 – Vancouver Park Board’s Polar Bear Swim back for 96th year on January 1st

Recycling boxes and bag

Waste less, celebrate more this holiday season

Dec 23, 2015 – This season's festive events are often filled with food, decorations, parties and presents - all of which produce waste. This season, waste less, reuse and recycle to help keep holiday waste out of the landfill

VanWifi is here

Free public #VanWiFi access added to more locations

Dec 22, 2015 – Free public #VanWiFi access is now available at 21 civic locations throughout Vancouver thanks to additional sites installed in the past two months.

Triathlon swimmers

Vancouver welcomes urban triathlon next summer

Dec 21, 2015 – The Subaru 5150 Triathlon, the newest addition to the Canadian Championship circuit, takes place in Vancouver July 10, 2016.

Basketball hoop

Premier basketball rebounds in Vancouver

Dec 21, 2015 – Basketball fans will have a chance to watch high-level play in their own backyard when two National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) tournaments hit Vancouver in 2017.

Supporting refugee settlement in Vancouver #VanWelcomesRefugees

Vancouver supports Vancity donation campaign for refugees

Dec 18, 2015 – As part of welcoming efforts to help resettle Syrian refugees in Vancouver and other communities, the City is pleased to support the Vancity Humanitarian Fund.

Vancouver's West End with the snowy North Shore mountains

City crews prepare for snow fall

Dec 17, 2015 – ​City crews are out today applying brine to arterial roads, priority hills, bridge decks, and bike routes across the city in preparation for freezing temperatures that are expected in the coming days.

A view of Cambie Bridge and downtown on a snowy day

Extra shelter spaces open due to cold weather alert

Dec 16, 2015 – Cold weather is forecast for Vancouver December 16. The City has activated the Assistance to Shelter Act for police to assist persons at risk due to extreme weather conditions. Find extra shelter spaces here.

Vancouver buildings

City invites submissions for Urban Design Awards

Dec 14, 2015 – Submit an entry for the Vancouver Urban Design Awards, which celebrate projects that demonstrate excellence in architecture and design and contribute to creating a vibrant, livable city.

Province and City of Vancouver partner to provide winter shelters

Vancouver's winter shelters hit full capacity within hours of opening

Dec 11, 2015 – After reaching full capacity within hours of opening their doors, Vancouver's four temporary winter shelters have had to consistently turn people away due to a lack of available beds.

City Hall's 12th Avenue entrance

Update on Le Marche St. George

Dec 9, 2015 – In response to several media requests, we would like to clarify that Le Marche St George, a popular local market in East Vancouver, is not about to be shut down by the City

Doors of Vancouver City Hall

City Hall's brass doors sealed for the future

Dec 4, 2015 – The 80-year-old, original doors just received a modern polymer coating that bonds and seals the brass, substantially reducing the amount of upkeep necessary to retain a freshly polished look.

Condos in Vancouver

City recommends new protections for Vancouver’s tenants and rental housing stock

Dec 4, 2015 – Recommendations to strengthen protection for Vancouver’s tenants and further safeguard the current rental housing stock will be brought forward to Council on December 10, 2015.

Buildings downtown Southeast False Creek

Vancouver participates in the first ever Buildings Day at COP21 in Paris

Dec 3, 2015 – We are committed to working collectively with others to help put Vancouver’s building and construction sector on the “below 2°C path”. Find out more.

Vancouver wins C40 Cities Award

Vancouver wins C40 Cities Award for Greenest City Action Plan at COP21 in Paris

Dec 3, 2015 – The C40 Cities Awards provide global recognition for cities demonstrating world-leading policies and programmes that reduce emissions and improve sustainability.

Group of children on lawn

Vancouver School Board and City partner to expand meal program for vulnerable students

Dec 3, 2015 – Thanks to a partnership agreement with us, the Vancouver School Board is now able to feed an additional 258 hungry children healthy lunches through their meal programs for vulnerable elementary school students.

VanDusen Festival of Lights 2015

Let there be light: Park Board’s Festival of Lights is bigger and better!

Dec 2, 2015 – Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden opens December 1 with five additional acres of romantic winter wonderland. Get event highlights and buy tickets online.

Enchanted Nights at Bloedel

Enchanted Nights, Vancouver Park Board’s newest holiday event, begins December 4

Dec 2, 2015 – Enchanted Nights, Vancouver Park Board’s newest holiday event, begins December 4 at Bloedel Conservatory.

Couple at dusk on False Creek Habitat Island in Vancouver

Three Vancouver sustainability strategies recognized as solutions for replication around the world

Dec 2, 2015 – Our Greenest City Action Plan, Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, and Neighbouthood Energy Strategy have all been selected for profile in the Cities 100 publication.

Lion Hotel, 316 Powell Street

Update on Order issued to SRO owner under Standards of Maintenance Bylaw

Dec 1, 2015 – Today, heat and hot water were fully restored throughout the Lion Hotel following a Standards of Maintenance Bylaw Order issued by us on November 16 to the owner.

The DTES Street Market at Pigeon Park and Carroll Street in 2013

Update on street vending in the Downtown Eastside

Nov 30, 2015 – The Downtown Eastside (DTES) Street Vending Project team assists and facilitates the movement of street vendors from East Hastings Street and surrounding areas to three designated safe and legal vending locations. Find out more about the project.

Burrard Bridge

Draft 2016 Budget and Five-Year Financial Plan released today

Nov 26, 2015 – Today we released the proposed 2016 Budget, outlining how tax dollars and user fees will be invested across City programs and services to support businesses and residents.

Vancouver skyline with the Paris Eiffel Tower

Vancouver taking 100 per cent renewable leadership to Paris for COP21

Nov 26, 2015 – Join the City and 200+ local businesses in supporting stronger action on climate change and shifting to 100 per cent renewable energy. Sign the climate pledge today.

Lion Hotel, 316 Powell Street

City serves SRO owner under Standards of Maintenance Bylaw

Nov 26, 2015 – The owner of The Lion hotel at 316 Powell St has 60 days to supply heat and hot water to the building or the City will do the work at the owner's expense.

Vancouver's West End with the snowy North Shore mountains

City crews prepare for winter weather

Nov 25, 2015 – Find out our priority locations for clearing snow and ice, and get tips to prepare for winter weather.

Province and City of Vancouver partner to provide winter shelters

Extra shelter spaces open due to cold weather alert

Nov 24, 2015 – Cold weather is forecast for Vancouver November 24 and 29. The City has activated the Assistance to Shelter Act for police to assist persons at risk due to extreme weather conditions. Find extra shelter spaces here.

Vancouver City Hall

Vancouver's business property tax regime ranked high for transparency and simplicity

Nov 24, 2015 – The C.D. Howe Institute ranks Vancouver's business property tax regime with an "A" in transparency and a "B" in simplicity.

Bright nights miniature trainin in Stanley Park

Grinch tries to steal Christmas, but the show will go on!

Nov 23, 2015 – The Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park is forging ahead for the 18th year in a row, running November 26 to January 2.

The DTES Street Market at Pigeon Park and Carroll Street in 2013

DTES Street Vending Project Team to ensure safe, legal vending locations

Nov 18, 2015 – Claims of City staff and VPD sweeping the 0-300 block of East Hastings and displacing people are inaccurate.

Recycling boxes and bag

City to transfer recycling collection to MMBC

Nov 17, 2015 – Residential recycling collection will transition to MMBC by the end of 2016. Learn how this creates opportunities for our work towards zero waste.

The Outer Harbour by Wade Compton is the winner of the 2015 City of Vancouver Book Award

Wayde Compton wins 2015 Book Award for The Outer Harbour

Nov 12, 2015 – Writer Wayde Compton was presented the prize for his short story collection about Vancouver's recent past and its dystopian very-near future.

People walking in rain with umbrellas

Heavy rains, high winds forecast for Vancouver and region

Nov 12, 2015 – Heavy rainfall and high winds are forecasted this afternoon. Please help clear storm drains, report flooding, and be careful with your commute. Find extra shelter spaces.

Province and City of Vancouver partner to provide winter shelters

Province and City of Vancouver partner to provide winter shelters

Nov 9, 2015 – The B.C. government will provide $1.5 million in funding and the City of Vancouver will contribute up to $800,000 towards building operations for 170 temporary shelter beds this winter.

The City of Vancouver presents

Historical films screening at Vancity Theatre

Nov 6, 2015 – The sixth annual screening of historical films from the City of Vancouver Archives will be presented at the Vancity Theatre this month.

The Vancouver FIFA Fan Zone

FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™ brought $82.9 million to Vancouver

Nov 5, 2015 – The Women's World Cup exceeded its forecasted economic activity, boosted local sports, and created legacies with athlete-exhibit funds, a community soccer program, and a field turf upgrade.

Downtown Vancouver skyline

Vancouver first major city in North America to approve 100% Renewable Energy Strategy

Nov 5, 2015 – Imagine with us a Vancouver in 2050 that's cleaner, healthier, and more resilient, where buildings and transportation are powered only by renewable energy.

The Mayor's Arts Awards logo

2015 Mayor’s Arts Awards recipients announced

Nov 4, 2015 – Vancouver artists will be honoured for their achievements at a special ceremony on November 12 at the Roundhouse. Find out who received a Mayor's Arts Award.

Dr. David Suzuki, Mayor Robertson, Councillor Carr, Councillor Deal, and Councillor Louie at a tree-planting ceremony to honour Dr. Suzuki receiving the Freedom of the City award

Dr. David Suzuki honoured with Freedom of the City Award

Nov 2, 2015 – On October 30, Mayor Gregor Robertson and members of Council presented Dr. David Suzuki with the award to recognize his many exceptional achievements.

William Ma (Vancouver-Guangzhou Friendship Society), Fan Xiaodong (Chinese Consulate); Mayor Gregor Robertson, Ian McKay (Vancouver Economic Commission), and Stephen Pearce (Tourism Vancouver)

Mayor leads delegation to Guangzhou to celebrate 30 years of sister-city relationship

Oct 28, 2015 – The delegation to China's third-largest city will happen on November 7 to 10. Learn who's part of the delegation.

Vancouver has a plan in place to become the greenest city in the world

Vancouver’s green strategies to Council for approval

Oct 28, 2015 – Vancouver continue to demonstrate leadership on the environment and climate change with two significant plans going to Council on November 3: the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan update and the Renewable City Strategy. Read the reports.

The Future of Vancouver’s viaducts: in-depth

Council votes to proceed with plans to remove Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts

Oct 27, 2015 – City Council voted on Tuesday, October 27 to proceed with plans to remove the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts.

City Hall's 12th Avenue entrance

Update on applications for medical marijuana-related businesses

Oct 26, 2015 – City staff have reviewed all applications based on zoning regulations. Learn about the results and next steps.

Park Board renews tradition of community meetings

Oct 26, 2015 – A special Vancouver Park Board community dialogue will be held Wednesday, October 28 at Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre, 990 West 59th Avenue. The event begins at 6:30 pm.

VanWifi is here

Free public #VanWiFi is here

Oct 22, 2015 – You can now enjoy free public Wi-Fi access on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop at six civic locations, with service expanding in the coming months to an additional 37 sites throughout the city.


Speakers on viaducts to continue next week

Oct 21, 2015 – Additional speakers on the issue of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts will be heard at the Standing Committee on City Finance and Services meeting on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 4pm.

Bus, cars, cyclists, and pedestrians on Burrard Street Bridge

City appoints senior engineering leader

Oct 20, 2015 – The City of Vancouver has appointed Jerry Dobrovolny as the new general manager, engineering services, following an international search.

All Souls event - Mountain View Cemetery

All Souls event series returns to Mountain View Cemetery

Oct 19, 2015 – Honour the dead in a unique and contemplative atmosphere with All Souls evening programs from October 24 to November 1. Get event details and attend.

Urban garden

Vancouver signs global Urban Food Policy Pact at world expo

Oct 16, 2015 – In celebration of World Food Day, we joined over 40 cities across the globe today in signing an Urban Food Policy Pact to address food security and sustainable development.

Southeast False Creek Seawall in 2011

Seawall improvements and safety widening

Oct 16, 2015 – The path will be widened to a minimum of 6 m, allowing the paths for walking and cycling to be 3 m each. Learn what to expect during construction.


Recommendations on taxi and rideshare services to go to City Council

Oct 15, 2015 – Staff explored ways to expand taxi and rideshare services in Vancouver in consultation with stakeholders during the past year. Learn about the recommendations and read the Council report.

Earthquake Day sign

Join the City for Earthquake Day and ShakeOutBC

Oct 14, 2015 – On October 15, join the City at the Vancouver Public Library's Central Branch for Earthquake Day and the ShakeOutBC earthquake drill at 10:15am. Benefit from free exhibitions, lectures, drills, contests, and more to help you get prepared for an earthquake.

2015 City of Vancouver Book Award logo

2015 Vancouver Book Award finalists announced

Oct 13, 2015 – Four books that reflect Vancouver's unique character, culture, and history have been selected as finalists for the 2015 City of Vancouver Book Award.

Fall colours in Mount Pleasant with Burnaby and Mount Baker on the horizon

Changes to leaf collection program

Oct 8, 2015 – Extra leaves that don't fit in your Green Bin will be collected by City crews on four designated weekends. Street sweeping to clear leaves will begin in late November.

The Future of Vancouver’s viaducts: in-depth

Viaduct technical findings report to Council available to public

Oct 7, 2015 – The technical findings report on the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts that staff will present to Vancouver City Council on October 20 is now available to the public.

Vancouver’s Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts near their trip to Council for final approval

Viaduct technical findings near their trip to Council for final approval

Oct 6, 2015 – Residents are invited to participate in two public events to learn more about what stakeholders, community groups and studies found as opportunities and challenges for replacing the viaducts.

Doors Open Vancouver volunteer at Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services training facility with members of the public behind him visiting the special operations command vehicle

Another successful Doors Open Vancouver

Oct 5, 2015 – Get a recap of our second annual Doors Open Vancouver event. Our 18 civic buildings and landmarks received over 14,350 visits, beating last year's record of 8,600 visits.

Multi-family building recycling carts

Recycling program changes include separate glass collection

Oct 5, 2015 – This month, the first phase of separate glass collection from City-serviced multi-family apartments, condos, and townhomes begins.

Trees are so awesome that the Park Board is almost giving them away for free

Oct 1, 2015 – Trees are so awesome that the Park Board is almost giving them away for free during Doors Open Vancouver Saturday, September 3.

A character home in Shaughnessy

First Shaughnessy designated Heritage Conservation Area

Sep 29, 2015 – The First Shaughnessy Heritage Conservation Area will protect historic homes from demolition while allowing for modest density increases, where appropriate.

Vancouver City Hall

City of Vancouver’s 2016-2020 Budget Outlook now available online

Sep 23, 2015 – Read the 2016-2020 Budget Outlook describing the direction for our upcoming budget. Share your thoughts and opinions on the operational and strategic priorities of the City.

Killarney Community Centre

Southeast Vancouver Seniors Centre gets green light

Sep 23, 2015 – The Killarney Community Centre Association has approved clarifications to ownership of the seniors centre. The Park Board will now issue a request for proposal to design and build the seniors centre.

Vancouver City Hall sign

Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions meets as part of international conference

Sep 23, 2015 – The Mayor's Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions met yesterday as part of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership Conference

Culture Days September 25-27

Discover your cultural spirit and passion at Culture Days

Sep 18, 2015 – With dozens of free music, theatre, dance, architecture, and visual and literary arts events happening in Vancouver, this is the perfect way to create, participate, and celebrate your love of culture all weekend long.

Concession at Second Beach

Vancouver Park Board concessions and food carts a resounding success

Sep 17, 2015 – Concession revenue this summer is up 10 per cent to budget over last year with healthy options such as fresh fruit cups being particularly popular.

Vancouver City Hall

Mayor and City Council announce senior leadership transition at City Hall

Sep 15, 2015 – Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Council have voted to initiate a senior leadership transition at City Hall, with the conclusion of Dr. Penny Ballem’s service as city manager and the beginning of a search for a city manager.

Doors Open Vancouver

Doors Open Vancouver unlocks 18 locations

Sep 15, 2015 – Enjoy free, behind-the-scenes tours of popular City of Vancouver buildings on October 3 and learn what it takes to run our city. New locations this year: Stanley Park Train Yard and the Roundhouse.

Downtown deer

Vancouver Park Board statement on death of ‘downtown deer’

Sep 14, 2015 – The Vancouver Park Board regrets the passing of a deer that moved into Stanley Park this summer. Around 7:30 pm on Sunday, September 13, police were called to the south end of the Lions Gate Bridge where a deer had been struck by a car and killed.

Park Board office in Stanley Park

Statement from Vancouver Park Board Chair John Coupar

Sep 7, 2015 – "Today, the Vancouver Police Department made an arrest after an attempted child abduction in Stanley Park,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair John Coupar.

Mayor's Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions meeting

Find out how you can help refugees in Vancouver

Sep 7, 2015 – Following the Mayor’s public forum on the Syrian Refugee Crisis held on September 8, the City has compiled a resource page listing the things you can do today to help those most in need as the current refugee crisis continues to unfold around the world. It includes a list of charities and local agencies that help and support refugees in Vancouver.

Kits Pool

Vancouver Park Board extends season at Kits Pool for another week

Sep 4, 2015 – Kits Pool will stay open until September 20, while other outdoor pools close after Labour Day.

1335 Howe Street

Update on the reoccupation of supportive housing at 1335 Howe Street

Sep 3, 2015 – Residents return home today after building repairs from flooding. A temporary generator will supply power until damaged electrical transformers are fixed. To ease the transition home, tenants will receive support from the food bank and Vancouver Coastal Health.

Crews chipping fallen street trees after a storm

Post-storm wood recovery and upcycling underway

Sep 2, 2015 – Get an update on our clean-up effort. Find out how you can join the clean-up and get free drop-off at our Transfer Station. Also, get details on free wood chips and firewood.


Stormy weather: Vancouver clean-up in high gear

Aug 30, 2015 – City of Vancouver and Park Board crews are working around the clock to respond to more than 1000 weather related calls of debris, damage and flooding after the worst storm in almost a decade blew through the region.

Vancouver City Hall

City of Vancouver receives 176 applications for medical marijuana-related businesses

Aug 28, 2015 – Learn what happens next for applicants of medical marijuana-related businesses and compassion clubs.


Kick-back and relax at one of six Vancouver parklets

Aug 25, 2015 – Our Parklet Pilot Program turns two! Celebrate our unique and dynamic spaces where sidewalks and seating extend over parking spaces. View a map and slideshow of parklet locations.

Apartments in downtown Vancouver

Building permit values break records for first half of year

Aug 24, 2015 – Construction and development dollars being invested in Vancouver have increased nearly 20% over record levels for the same period last year.

Bike counter at Burrard Bridge and Cornwall Avenue

City celebrates one millionth cycle trip across Burrard Bridge in 2015

Aug 20, 2015 – Join us at our celebration station at Burrard and Cornwall on August 20 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Guess the time of the millionth trip and you could win a prize.

Green Streets garden on a traffic circle

Green Streets volunteers put the “green” in City streets

Aug 17, 2015 – Find a greater sense of community, beautify our city, and meet new friends by volunteering to garden traffic-calmed spaces on neighbourhood streets.

Apartment building

Creating rental units remains high priority for City of Vancouver

Aug 14, 2015 – With low vacancy rates and a growing population, learn about the actions we're taking to create and protect rental housing. And if you're moving, look up your next home's safety and maintenance record in our Rental Standards Database.

W.J. VanDusen at August 30, 1975 opening of VanDusen Botanical Garden

Celebrate VanDusen Botanical Garden’s 40th anniversary

Aug 13, 2015 – On Sunday, August 16, enjoy historical and horticultural displays, talks and tours, live music and a magic show, an heirloom veggie harvest and gin tasting, the climbing wall and putting green, and more, for only $2.00.

A bright green summer

Bright Green Summer grows and celebrates the Greenest City

Aug 13, 2015 – Participate in a Greenest City activity, give your feedback on the initiative, and share your story about the green actions you take.

Railroad crossing

City applies to Canadian Transportation Agency for orders to respect the Arbutus Corridor

Aug 12, 2015 – We asked the CTA to order CPR to discontinue the railway and make an offer for its 2004 value. CPR's plan is to store rail cars on the line has safety risks and we asked CPR to better protect public safety and minimize disruption.

Public swim schedules

Park Board swim lesson and pool program registration system

Aug 10, 2015 – The registration system for swim lessons and pool programs will now re-open at 12pm today.‎ To reassure our customers, the vast majority of spots remain open.

Election signs are allowed on private property behind the sidewalk

Placement of election and political signage on City property

Aug 10, 2015 – Election signs and political signs are allowed on private property and on City poster cylinders. Signs placed on City streets will be impounded.

Smart thermostats can help your household save energy and money.

City tests smart thermostats for their potential to save money and energy

Aug 7, 2015 – This Thursday, the City of Vancouver, in partnership with Vancity, launched a pilot program to learn what energy and cost savings can be achieved in single family, duplex, and townhomes by using a smart thermostat.

Road barricades around a construction site

Keeping traffic flowing during busy street-use season

Aug 5, 2015 – We're halfway through the peak season for roadwork and special events. Find out how we manage traffic congestion and how to stay informed on traffic.

The DTES Street Market at Pigeon Park and Carroll Street in 2013

DTES Street Market opens at 501 Powell Street on August 1, 2015

Jul 29, 2015 – Learn about the new home for Vancouver's original grassroots market and the upcoming community economic development hub, complete with an urban garden and maker space.

Vancouver Public Library

City receives federal funding for Central Library and Seawall projects

Jul 29, 2015 – Today we welcomed federal funding for the Stanley Park Seawall and the Vancouver Central Library; two key local infrastructure projects that play an important role in our community.

City Hall in summer, behind the trees on the north lawn

City of Vancouver General Manager of Planning and Development Announces Retirement

Jul 26, 2015 – After 35 years of experience planning in the public and private sector, the City of Vancouver General Manager of Planning and Development, Brian Jackson has announced his plans to retire at the end of 2015.

People cycling on the protected bike lane near Point Grey Road at Macdonald Street

June sees record bike ridership throughout Vancouver

Jul 23, 2015 – We saw record volumes at seven of our protected bike routes, and a big jump in bike volumes along Point Grey after completing the Seaside Greenway last summer.

View of Burrard Bridge looking east toward False Creek and Granville Bridge at sunrise

Council approves Burrard Bridge upgrades and Pacific-Burrard intersection redesign

Jul 23, 2015 – With the project approved, staff will develop a final design with input from the heritage sector and other stakeholder groups in August. Construction work will begin early 2016.

Conserving water saves water resources for future generations, and money.

Stage three water restrictions now in effect

Jul 21, 2015 – Learn what the new water restrictions mean for you and find out how we're reducing water consumption in our operations.

Illustration of proposed upgrades the north end of Burrard Bridge

Public feedback helps enhance proposed Burrard Bridge and Pacific St intersection upgrades

Jul 20, 2015 – On July 22, staff will present to Council the proposed upgrades to improve safety and connections for all road users. Thanks to public feedback, the proposal includes means-prevention fencing, crisis phones, and more.

Illustration of people socializing on Granville Street

Watch, play, mingle, and meet – all in the street

Jul 17, 2015 – Check out this weekend's special extravaganza Granville Social and drop by Porch Parade on Robson Street, brought to you by our VIVA Vancouver program that transforms road spaces into vibrant pedestrian spaces.

Vancouver City Hall

City of Vancouver update

Jul 16, 2015 – The Mayor and Council, City Management Team, and staff across all departments are shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic murder of a long-time City employee. Deepest condolences and support have been offered to the family and friends of our colleague.

Artists in Communities

2015 Artists in Communities

Jul 14, 2015 – The artists and projects chosen for the 2015 Artists in Communities program are Working Holiday Project (Dunbar), UpCYCLED Stories (Mount Pleasant), Free Imagination (Thunderbird), and Magic Trout Imaginarium (Trout Lake). Find out more.

Hastings Sports Day logo

Come play on opening day at Empire Fields July 18

Jul 10, 2015 – We are celebrating the transformation of Hastings Park—the city’s second oldest and second largest park—with an all ages sports day celebration on July 18. Join us!


Vancouver moves forward with Healthy City Strategy Phase 2 Action Plan

Jul 8, 2015 – Today, Council approved the Healthy City Strategy Phase 2 Action Plan: the first four year action plan (2015-2018) of the ambitious Healthy City Strategy.

Water your garden with a watering can or a hose that has a spring-loaded nozzle

Be water wise this summer

Jul 8, 2015 – Following a low snow pack and increased heat with no rain, new water restrictions came into effect this week throughout Metro Vancouver. Find out how you can reduce your use of water.

Aaron Munro of RainCity Housing

2015 Homeless levels decrease slightly - We take further action to protect SRO housing stock

Jul 7, 2015 – Today, Council considered amendments to the Single Room Accommodation Bylaw to better protect low-income tenants facing displacement, improve conditions, and maintain affordability in Vancouver’s low-income Single Room Occupancy housing stock.

Awards of Excellence 2014 trophies

Awards of Excellence honour top citizens and organizations

Jul 6, 2015 – The winners of the Awards of Excellence were announced at a celebration hosted by Mayor Robertson and members of City Council. The Awards of Excellence celebrate those who make Vancouver a greener, healthier, more diverse, accessible, and prosperous city.

Young soccer fans

Vancouver FIFA Fan Zone attracts over 130 000 visitors

Jul 6, 2015 – Vancouver's FIFA Fan Zone attracted over 130,000 attendees over the course of the 13 days it was open during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Tournament, making it the most popular destination of the six Fan Zone sites across the country.

Downtown Vancouver with smoke in the air

Cooling Centres are open if you need to get inside

Jul 6, 2015 – Our Cooling Centres, which include air-conditioned community centres and libraries, are open if you need relief from the smoke.

Vancouver zipline

Vancouver’s first zipline opens to the public on July 2, 2015

Jul 2, 2015 – Add adventure to your life by ziplining at Queen Elizabeth Park, the highest point in the city! Buy your tickets online today.

Park Board makes a plea for the trees

Jun 26, 2015 – Please help us water young trees so they can grow to see another summer. Make it a family activity and teach your children about the importance of trees. Young trees need about 15 litres of water twice per week.

Group photo on Vancouver Art Gallery steps for Keep Vancouver Spectacular 2015 event

20,000 Volunteers join Keep Vancouver Spectacular for its 20th Anniversary Year

Jun 26, 2015 – This year marks the 20th anniversary of our Keep Vancouver Spectacular. In recognition of this milestone, a special emphasis was placed on the thousands of volunteers who have taken to the streets to keep the city beautiful.

Jericho Beach in Vancouver

Warm weather a reminder to stay safe in summer heat

Jun 25, 2015 – With hotter temperatures forecasted over the next several days, please stay hydrated, check on others, and be on the lookout for those who may suffer due to heat. Find out where you can keep cool.

An event in the Grandview neighbourhood

Grandview-Woodland Citizens’ Assembly Final Report

Jun 24, 2015 – The Citizens’ Assembly's final report on the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan was presented to Council today. It includes recommendations about important issues in Grandview-Woodland, including housing, transportation, local economy, culture, and land-use.

Bee on flower

City celebrates mid-point of Greenest City

Jun 23, 2015 – Learn about our next steps towards Vancouver’s goal to shift to 100% renewable energy, and Bright Green Summer, a series of events and engagement to celebrate our Greenest City Action Plan progress.

Hot dry summer requires residents to be waterwise

Hot, dry summer requires you to be waterwise

Jun 22, 2015 – Lawn watering restrictions are now in effect. Restrictions are in affect annually to conserve water throughout the dry summer months when rainfall is at its lowest and demand for water almost doubles.

Keep our water clean campaign

Vancouver Park Board launches clean-water campaign with free pump-out services

Jun 19, 2015 – We launched a clean-water campaign to respond to high e-coli levels in False Creek. The campaign includes free pump-out services for all pleasure craft at our marinas. As well, it reminds boaters, dog owners, and beach-goers to keep Vancouver’s water clean for the health, safety, and enjoyment of everyone.

Front covers of the Healthy City Strategy and Marpole Community Plan

City of Vancouver recognized for excellence in planning

Jun 19, 2015 – The Healthy City Strategy and Marpole Community Plan won a gold and silver, respectively, from the Planning Institute of British Columbia's (PIBC) 2015 Awards of Excellence in Planning.

People on patio

Extended patio hours help kick-off an early summer in Vancouver

Jun 18, 2015 – It's patio season! Restaurants with strong neighbourhood track records can apply to have patios open to 1:00am until October. Find out how to apply for extended patio hours.

Awards of Excellence 2014 celebration

Awards of Excellence gala to celebrate outstanding local achievements

Jun 17, 2015 – Help celebrate outstanding achievements by local individuals, organizations, and youth at the City of Vancouver Awards of Excellence gala on July 6.

McCleery Golf Course

Vancouver golf course holding 8-inch cup event so everyone can putt like a pro

Jun 11, 2015 – The Vancouver Park Board is holding an 8-inch cup event at McCleery Golf Course this Saturday, June 13 from dawn to dusk.

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Our Year of Reconciliation Public Art recognized by international award

Jun 11, 2015 – Our public art project for the Year of Reconciliation was honoured today by Americans for the Arts as one of the outstanding projects created in 2014.

Park Board Chair John Coupar

Park Board chair disappointed in Vancouver Council decision to remove elected commissioner from PNE Board

Jun 11, 2015 – Park Board Chair John Coupar says the decision is a blow to Park Board oversight of Hastings Park/PNE, the City’s second largest park.

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City to seek new partnerships for public bike share system

Jun 11, 2015 – We will be initiating a new procurement process to seek bids from proponents to provide, implement, and operate a Public Bike Share Program (PBS).

Vancouver City Hall

City recommends ban of edibles from medical marijuana retail stores

Jun 11, 2015 – City staff and Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Patricia Daly have recommended to Council that all edible products, with the exception of oils, be banned from medical marijuana retail stores. We're currently conducting a public hearing to consider bylaw amendments that would affect the regulation of retail marijuana-related businesses.

Hastings Park Gardens and Nature Walks

Vancouver Park Board Chair asks Mayor and Council to reject new governance model for PNE-Hastings Park

Jun 9, 2015 – Park Board Chair John Coupar has written to Mayor Gregor Robertson and Council asking them to reject a recommendation to eliminate elected Park Board representation from the PNE Board of Directors.

Young soccer fans

Womens World Cup expected to bring $36.7 million to Vancouver

Jun 4, 2015 – We anticipate an estimated $36.7 million impact on the local economy as a consequence of hosting nine matches – including the Final Match – of the month-long FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 tournament, June 6 to July 5.

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VanConnect is your on-the-go connection to City Hall

May 28, 2015 – You now have a quicker and easier way to connect with City Hall and access online services from anywhere, at any time, thanks to our newest mobile app: VanConnect. Find out more.

Oil tanker in Burrard Inlet © Elise DeCola

City submits final evidence to NEB on risks and costs of pipeline

May 27, 2015 – Today, we submitted our final evidence to the National Energy Board (NEB) in response to Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline expansion.

99 B-Line on West Broadway

Last week to cast your vote in the Transit Referendum

May 25, 2015 – Elections BC must receive your Transportation and Transit Referendum ballot by 8:00pm on Friday, May 29.

Australian team fans

Women’s World Cup Team Australia invites public to open practices

May 22, 2015 – Come see the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Australian national team at one of their three open practices at Trillium Park from 10:00am – 12 noon on May 24, 26, and June 1.

People on the shore of English Bay

A major oil spill could cost Vancouver’s ocean-dependent economy up to $1.2 billion

May 22, 2015 – A new study concludes Vancouver's ocean-dependent economy and "Greenest City" reputation could be negatively impacted by an oil spill.

HandyDART passenger with SkyTrain in background

Cast your ballot for the future of our region

May 21, 2015 – Vote “Yes” in the Transportation and Transit Referendum and help promote our economy, protect our environment, and enhance liveability throughout the region.

Apartments in downtown Vancouver

2014 Housing Report Card tracks progress of Vancouver Housing Strategy

May 21, 2015 – The annual Housing Report Card will be presented to Council on May 26. It outlines our progress to enable, create, and protect housing that meet the needs of people on different incomes.

Heron on a rock in English Bay with a tanker in the background

Study shows oil spill near Fraser River estuary could kill over 100,000 birds

May 18, 2015 – A recent study commissioned by the City of Vancouver, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, and Living Oceans Society found that Kinder Morgan Canada’s proposal to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline system largely excludes the most serious impacts of an oil spill near Vancouver – the impact on wildlife.

Vancouver City Hall

Spill modelling shows up to 90 per cent of oil could wash up on shores

May 15, 2015 – The City of Vancouver, City of Burnaby, and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation conducted an independent oil spill trajectory modelling of four major oil spill scenarios in the Burrard Inlet.

Kitsilano Pool in Vancouver

Bring on the hot weather – outdoor pools open this weekend

May 14, 2015 – Starting this Victoria Day long weekend, the city’s outdoor pools and beaches will open, and lifeguards and park rangers will be on duty.

The Gathering Place celebrates 20 years serving Vancouver's Downtown South

May 14, 2015 – Since the Gathering Place opened in 1995, it's been a community hub for vulnerable residents of Vancouver. Find out what the centre offers, how recent renovations increased its capacity and programs, and what's next for the Gathering Place.

Election 2015 for City Bird 2016

And the 2016 City Bird winner is the Peregrine Falcon

May 9, 2015 – It’s a wrap. After close to a month of heavy campaigning, Vancouver has elected its “official” 2016 City Bird! The 2016 winner follows in the wings of the cute, perky Black-capped Chickadee, 2015’s City Bird.

Chickadee © Jay Black

Vancouver parking decals now feature the City Bird

May 7, 2015 – The Black-capped Chickadee, official city bird for 2015, is now featured on Vancouver parking permit decals.

Aaron Munro of RainCity Housing

Mental Health Week 2015: Mayor’s Task Force continues progress on mental health and addictions

May 6, 2015 – The Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions has made significant progress in implementing the 23 priority actions set-out by City Council in September 2014. Find out more.

McClary Manufacturing Company Building

2015 Vancouver Heritage Award winners

May 5, 2015 – Outstanding efforts to preserve Vancouver’s heritage were recognized last night at the 2015 Vancouver Heritage Awards ceremony. View this year's award recipients.

Quake Cottage earthquake simulator

Experience an earthquake simulator at City Hall

May 4, 2015 – Come to City Hall tomorrow and experience the Quake Cottage, a mobile earthquake simulator, and learn how to prepare for an emergency.

Queen Elizabeth and Vancouver Playhouse theatres sign

City offers affordable rates for non-profits at civic theatres

Apr 29, 2015 – Not-for-profit organizations will now be able to book rental spaces at reduced rates effective September 1, 2015 at Vancouver’s world-class City-owned theatres.

Portuguese Joe Silvey and his Coast Salish wives sculpture

Coast Salish artist unveils monumental sculpture in Stanley Park April 25

Apr 24, 2015 – Coast Salish master carver Ts’uts’umutl Luke Marston unveils his long-awaited Shore to Shore on Saturday, April 25 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at Stanley Park’s Brockton Point.

Tens of thousands of Keep Vancouver Spectacular volunteers have kept Vancouver neighbourhoods and streets clean since 1995

Keeping Vancouver Spectacular for 20 years

Apr 23, 2015 – Come celebrate the 20th year of the Keep Vancouver Spectacular litter clean-up program on Saturday, April 25. We're thanking the thousands of volunteers who've kept our city beautiful and litter-free. Get the celebration details and sign up to join or lead a cleanup team.

Vancouver City Hall

City proposes framework to regulate marijuana-related businesses

Apr 22, 2015 – In the last two years, the City has seen a rapid growth rate of 100 per cent per year in marijuana-related businesses. Find out our proposal to achieve a careful balance between ensuring adequate availability for those in need and ensuring community health, safety, security, aesthetics, equity, and enjoyment of property.

English Bay

Fuel spill - Unified Command beach update

Apr 18, 2015 – Unified Command today announced that health advisories on all Vancouver beaches with the exception of Crab and New Brighton parks have been lifted.

Vancouver City Hall

City improves financial position in 2014

Apr 15, 2015 – Our 2014 Annual Financial Report was submitted to Council today and reflects a strong financial position that has garnered positive credit rating outlooks in the past six months.

Election 2015 for City Bird 2016

Park Board and City launch City Bird 2016 election

Apr 15, 2015 – Today we launched the second annual City Bird election, announcing the 2016 candidates at VanDusen Botanical Garden. Get to know the candidates and vote for your favourite.

Vancouver City Hall sign

Action on mental health and addictions part of $14 million in grants approved by City Council

Apr 15, 2015 – New investments from our Innovation Fund that support the recommendations of the Mayor's Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions were approved today by Council.

Providing high-quality, affordable water is one of the City's priorities.

Water main cleaning in south Vancouver

Apr 13, 2015 – We are cleaning water mains in parts of Dunbar-Southlands, Marpole, Fraserview, Sunset, and Killarney from April 7 to May 29. Your drinking water may be temporarily cloudy as we work. The water is still safe to drink. Learn how to clear up any cloudy water.

beach cleanup

Update - Vancouver beach and shoreline update

Apr 11, 2015 – Vancouver Park Rangers, Vancouver Volunteer Corps, and the Neighbourhood Emergency Assistant Team are supporting shoreline assessment and clean-up operations done by Environment Canada and their contractor and acting as public liaison. Park Rangers are patrolling Stanley Park, the sea wall, and beaches.


Update - Oil spill cleanup

Apr 11, 2015 – The Coast Guard has confirmed that any recoverable oil on the water has been retrieved and environmental investigations are ongoing to assess the extent of any oil that may have sunk from the water surface or settled on the seabed.


Fuel spill - Wildife response

Apr 10, 2015 – The Province, Ministry of Environment, Western Canada Marine Response, and non-government organizations, including Oiled Wildlife Society and Focus Wildlife are on scene actively responding to wildlife affected by the fuel spill.

People cleaning up oil spill on beach

English Bay oil spill cleanup begins this afternoon

Apr 10, 2015 – The Federal Government has advised us that the formal oil spill recovery and cleanup on the shoreline will begin this afternoon around 2:00pm. Initial efforts in Vancouver will be concentrated in English Bay and Stanley Park. This will require a temporary closure of the seawall around Siwash Rock.

Awards of Excellence 2014 celebration

Nominations open for Awards of Excellence

Apr 7, 2015 – The City is seeking Vancouver’s top individuals and organizations to be recognized for their outstanding civic achievements in this year’s Awards of Excellence.

Kitsilano Beach Park

From sideways rain to sushi, celebrating what it means to be a Vancouverite

Apr 2, 2015 – Vancouver is turning 129 on April 6 and to celebrate we asked our Talk Vancouver panel members to let us know what they thought defined what it is to be a Vancouverite - from umbrellas to sushi to sideways rain. View what you had to say.

Chickadee © Jay Black

City wins award for best use of social media

Apr 1, 2015 – We won best use of social media for our 2014 City Bird Campaign at the Canadian Internet Marketing Awards held in Squamish over the weekend.The City’s winning social media campaign lasted four weeks promoting online voting for a 2015 Vancouver City Bird.

View of Downtown and Burrard Inlet

Mayors stand together against Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal

Mar 31, 2015 – Find out why Mayor Gregor Robertson and his peers affected by the Trans Mountain pipeline proposal are declaring non-confidence in the current National Energy Board hearing process.

Mother and son

New partnership to improve immigrant experience in Vancouver

Mar 31, 2015 – We're working with over 100 community partners and organizations to improve the immigrant experience and develop an immigrant settlement and integration strategy for Vancouver. See why this matters and find out the preliminary results from our Vancouver Immigrant Survey.

City and Park Board staff being honoured at the Employee Service Awards

City named one of Canada's best diversity employers

Mar 31, 2015 – We've been recognized for the fourth time as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers because we create inclusive, respectful workplaces for our employees. Learn why we were selected.

Vancouver City Hall

Our debt rating outlook upgraded

Mar 27, 2015 – Our Aaa debt rating was affirmed today by Moody’s Investors Service, upgrading our debt rating outlook to stable.

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Park Board launches bold trans-inclusive awareness campaign

Mar 25, 2015 – The Park Board will unveil a powerful and personal public awareness campaign at Hillcrest Centre. It reinforces a key Park Board priority to make community facilities more friendly, safe, and open to everyone—including transgender and gender variant people.

vancouver heritage

Nominations open for People’s Choice Heritage Awards

Mar 24, 2015 – Our Heritage Awards program is looking for the People’s Choice of the best examples of excellence in restoring, rehabilitating, and revitalizing local heritage buildings or features in the city. Submit a nomination.

People on patio

Extended hours for this year’s patio season

Mar 20, 2015 – Restaurants with patios can now apply to keep their outdoor spaces open until 1:00am. This additional hour builds on the success of last year’s patio pilot program.

Taylor manor is a three-storey Tudor revival style building at Boundary and Adenac in Vancouver

Historic Taylor Manor opens 56 new supportive housing units

Mar 19, 2015 – The renovation and expansion of historic Taylor Manor has been completed and 56 homeless individuals with mental illness or addictions will now have access to needed services in this supportive housing.

Film trucks parked

City welcomes 20th Century Fox back to Vancouver for major motion picture

Mar 19, 2015 – We are pleased to welcome home Vancouver-born actor Ryan Reynolds as he stars in his next major motion picture, "Deadpool". To support production of the film, we will be accommodating key filming from April 5 to 18 on the Georgia Viaduct.

Pacific great blue heron

Best nature show in town - the heron cam is now live

Mar 18, 2015 – The Vancouver Park Board heron cam is now streaming the intimate lives of the tall, long-legged Pacific great blue herons of Stanley Park, home to one of North America’s largest urban great blue heron colonies.

Porch design on Robson Square

Lounge on a Robson Street porch this summer

Mar 18, 2015 – For the first time in VIVA Vancouver's five year run, the summer public space installation at 800 Robson Street will be created by designers and architects from outside of Vancouver. This year's winning design is "Porch Parade".

Athletes recognized for their contributions to sport in Vancouver with Mayor Gregor Robertson, City Councillors, and Park Board Commissioners at the 2015 City of Vancouver International Women’s Day celebration.

2015 Year of Women in Sport

Mar 9, 2015 – Mayor Gregor Robertson proclaimed 2015 the Year of Women in Sport at the annual City of Vancouver International Women's Day Celebration.

VanDusen Botanical Garden

Park Board spring break activities: educational, entertaining, and some free

Mar 5, 2015 – With the early arrival of spring and spring break around the corner, why not be a tourist in your own city? Visit VanDusen Garden and Bloedel Conservatory; hop aboard the Stanley Park Train; and register for a camp at one of our community centres, golf courses, or pools.

Rowhouses in Vancouver

City purchases land for over 120 units of affordable housing

Mar 2, 2015 – We bought eight properties on SW Marine Drive for our Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency (VAHA) to build 50-60 affordable rental units – over half for families. The land was paid for by community amenity contributions from the Cambie Corridor Affordable Housing Fund. Learn more about this first step towards creating 2,500 new affordable homes by 2021.

Downtown Vancouver

Kinder Morgan fails to respond to critical questions from Vancouver and Burnaby

Feb 27, 2015 – With the final round of NEB questioning complete, we (Vancouver and Burnaby) have found that nearly half of our critical questions regarding Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion proposal remain unanswered.

Vasek Pospisil

Home town tennis star Vasek Pospisil at Kits Beach on March 3

Feb 27, 2015 – The tennis star returns to his home turf at Kitsilano Beach Park tennis courts for a public celebration. Come cheer on Vasek and Team Canada when they play Japan in the Davis Cup on March 6 – 8.

Vancouver City Hall

City’s credit rating upgraded by international agency

Feb 27, 2015 – Our credit rating was upgraded from AA to AA+ by Standard and Poor’s Rating Service today, with a stable outlook.

Urban Reef - Robson Street

Preview the creative potential of 800-Robson

Feb 27, 2015 – View 81 entries submitted from around the world to VIVA Vancouver’s Robson Redux design-build competition at the Museum of Vancouver from February 28 to March 15.

Community gardens

Vancouver wins Earth Hour City National Champion

Feb 20, 2015 – We have been named the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Earth Hour National Champion for the second time, and take home the award for our work to foster new technology.

Downtown Vancouver at night

Watch TED2015 for free at select Vancouver locations

Feb 19, 2015 – For the second straight year, you can watch the entire TED conference for free at various live web streaming locations throughout the city from March 16 to 20.

Environmental art at Maclean Park

New urban agriculture policy starts buzz in city parks

Feb 17, 2015 – The Vancouver Park Board approved the Urban Agriculture Policy that aims to broaden the types of food-related projects considered in city parks. Get ready for innovative community food and agriculture uses in parks and look for the pollinator house in Trillium North Park this spring.

Burrard Bridge and downtown Vancouver

Draft 2015 budget released today

Feb 13, 2015 – Today we released our proposed 2015 Operating Budget of $1.223 billion and Capital Budget of $306 million. It outlines how tax dollars are invested across departments, the services you receive, and a summary of all relevant funds and items.


City responds to rainfall warning

Feb 5, 2015 – City crews are scheduled to work through the day to respond to calls related to flooding. They will be clearing blocked catch basins, starting with main arterials.

Park Board replacing vandalized trees

Jan 26, 2015 – The Vancouver Park Board is planting 17 young maples to replace trees that were reduced to stumps in the middle of the night at West 29th Avenue by an unknown person.

The City maintains drinking and decorative fountains.

Community benefits from development: improving neighbourhoods and enabling affordable housing in Vancouver

Jan 21, 2015 – Today, City staff presented to Council the "2013 Annual Report on Community Amenity Contributions and Density Bonusing". It contains details of the public benefits that have contributed to our city by development.

City Bird 2015: Black-capped Chickadee

Vancouver aims to become world leader for birds

Jan 21, 2015 – The City’s newly-adopted bird strategy plans to make Vancouver a major hub in the $36-billion North American birding industry by supporting a rich and diverse environment for the 250 species of resident, migratory, and over-wintering birds regularly observed in the Lower Mainland.

Publik Secrets workshop

Park Board names artists for 2015 Fieldhouse Studio Program

Jan 19, 2015 – The Vancouver Park Board has selected more than 30 artists, musicians, and performers for coveted multi-year residencies in nine former park caretaker cottages.

Vancouver City Hall

City submits nearly 600 more questions that Kinder Morgan must answer

Jan 16, 2015 – In our status as an intervenor, we have submitted nearly 600 additional questions to Kinder Morgan to answer as part of the completion of the second round of information requests held by the National Energy Board (NEB).

Chickadee © Jay Black

Vancouver selected to host premier global event for bird scientists in 2018

Jan 15, 2015 – Vancouver has been selected to host the 27th International Ornithological Congress after submitting a winning bid to the organizing society. The congress runs from August 19-28, 2018.

Apartments in downtown Vancouver

Building permit values hit all-time record as Vancouver’s economic growth continues

Jan 14, 2015 – Building permits issued by the City in 2014 hit a value of $2.83 billion, exceeding pre-recession levels and marking an all-time record in Vancouver’s growing economy.

New universal signage

Park Board hosts Vancouver’s first trans-inclusive public swim on path to becoming world’s most-inclusive city

Jan 9, 2015 – The Vancouver Park Board is hosting the first trans-inclusive public swim on Sunday, January 11 at Templeton Park Pool. It is the first in a series of Park Board initiatives to provide accessible parks and recreation for all.

Christmas tree ornament

Keeping it green and giving back post-holiday season

Jan 2, 2015 – Haven't gotten rid of your Christmas tree yet? You have until January 31 to set out your Christmas tree for collection with your Green Bin, or drop it off at the Landfill or Transfer Station at no charge.

Woman taking pictures in the garden

Gardens, parklets, patios, and murals: street use innovations in 2014

Dec 30, 2014 – The City of Vancouver continues to look for innovative uses for many of its streets, sidewalks, and public spaces as a tool to drive community engagement and identification.

Broughton Street block party

Pop-ups, open doors, and block parties – looking back at public engagement in 2014

Dec 29, 2014 – As part of the Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force report, there were three distinct initiatives that took place in 2014, all sharing the same goal of increasing engagement throughout the city: Pop-up City Hall, Doors Open Vancouver and block parties.

Artist work studio at West 6th Avenue and Fir Street

City's Studio Awards provide affordable creative space for Vancouver artists

Dec 17, 2014 – Find out the seven local artists who received the City of Vancouver's Artist Studio Award. The award provides artists with studio space or live-work space for reduced rent or free to develop creative practices.

Downtown Vancouver

Vancouver to host the first-ever Americas Masters Games in 2016

Dec 17, 2014 – The City of Vancouver, in partnership with the Vancouver Hotel Destination Association, Tourism Vancouver, PavCo, UBC, and Sport BC, will host the first-ever Americas Masters Games in the summer of 2016. The games will welcome over 7,500 amateur athletes from around the world, aged 35 to over 100, and will have a positive impact for the economy, tourism, and sport development in Vancouver and the region.

2015 Budget Outlook: Find out next year's budget direction

Dec 15, 2014 – Learn about our budgeting approach and direction for next year's budget in the 2015 Budget Outlook. Don't forget to tell us what City services and programs matter to you in our budget questionnaire before January 7.

Vancouver City Hall

City of Vancouver Statement

Dec 10, 2014 – The City of Vancouver has accepted the resignation of Carli Edwards, Deputy Chief Building Official, following the review of a complaint received related to a breach of the City Building Bylaw.

The Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden

VanDusen Garden lights up with Festival of Lights starting December 10

Dec 5, 2014 – Celebrate the holiday season at the Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden – one of North America’s top public gardens – with more than one million lights, themed displays, and performers. Festival of Lights is open every night from December 10 to January 4 (closed December 25).

Urban Reef - Robson Street

Calling public space designers: Create a summer stunner

Dec 5, 2014 – VIVA Vancouver will open its 800 Robson Street space to the creative community once again with Robson Redux, a design-build competition that invites emerging and professional designers and artists to submit their design ideas related to the theme of “connection”.

Artist work studio at West 6th Avenue and Fir Street

BC Artscape launches with funding from the City and other partners

Dec 4, 2014 – BC Artscape, a new Vancouver-based not-for-profit organization that will make space for creativity and transform communities, has just launched with the help from funding from the City of Vancouver, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, and Vancity Community Foundation.

Vancouver City Hall

City launches extensive public consultation ahead of 2015 budget

Dec 3, 2014 – Express your priorities for the city and give us feedback on some of the services we provide. It's part of a month-long effort to help inform our draft 2015 budget.

Park Board Commissioners 2014-2018

Newly inaugurated Vancouver Park Board elects Chair and Vice Chair

Dec 2, 2014 – Vancouver Park Board Commissioner John Coupar was elected Chair at the Decemmber 1, 2014, inaugural Park Board meeting.

Apartments in downtown Vancouver

Property taxes due February 3

Dec 1, 2014 – If you’re a City of Vancouver property owner, your advance tax notice has either arrived in your mailbox or it’s on the way. You should receive your tax notice by December 10.

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Warm clothing donations needed

Nov 27, 2014 – The cold weather season is here and the Evelyne Saller Centre is looking for donations of warm clothing to help those in need.

Heritage house

Nominations being accepted for Heritage Awards

Nov 25, 2014 – Nominations are now being accepted for the 32nd City of Vancouver Heritage Awards, which recognize the accomplishments of individuals and organizations that have furthered the goal of heritage conservation in the city.

Vancouver Votes - Vancouver skyline

Chief Election Officer declares candidates elected

Nov 19, 2014 – The City of Vancouver’s Chief Election Officer Janice MacKenzie today declared elected the 27 candidates with the highest vote totals in the November 15, 2014 election for one mayor, 10 councillors, seven park commissioners, and nine school trustees.

Vancouver City Hall

Our response to the passing of Bill C-36

Nov 7, 2014 – The City is concerned with the passing of Bill C-36, Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, as research confirms that criminalization of sex work puts those involved in sex work at further risk of increased violence.

The City is daylighting streams that have been covered, filled, and diverted.

Chum salmon return to spawn in Still Creek

Nov 5, 2014 – For a third year in a row, following concerted rewilding and conservation efforts, you can view the chum salmon who have returned to Still Creek. Salmon returned in 2012 for the first time in nearly 80 years and have continued their annual return since then.

City Hall in summer, behind the trees on the north lawn

CP Rail agrees to cease work on Arbutus corridor

Nov 4, 2014 – The City has reached an agreement with CP Rail. CP Rail has commitment to cease all work on the Arbutus corridor until the City’s injunction application gets heard in court in December.

Vancouver – A Progressive City!

City of Vancouver Archives announces historical film screening

Oct 30, 2014 – Come out this November to the fifth annual screening of historical films and video from the City of Vancouver Archives at the Vancity Theatre.

Vancouver adopts Healthy City Strategy with long-term social sustainability goals

Oct 29, 2014 – Vancouver now has a long-term integrated plan for healthier people, healthier places, and a healthier planet after Council endorsed "A Healthy City for All: Vancouver’s Healthy City Strategy 2014-2025 – Phase 1".

All Souls - baby and man

Mountain View Cemetery hosts All Souls events 2014

Oct 24, 2014 – Honour the dead through ceremony and celebration at the 10th annual All Souls events being held at the City of Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery from October 25 to November 2.

Raking leaves

City’s annual leaves collection underway

Oct 20, 2014 – Set out your leaves for collection. From October 1 to January 31, we collect unlimited quantities of leaves from residences that receive our Green Bin collection service.

Vancouver City Hall

119 candidates file for 27 local government positions

Oct 10, 2014 – A total of 119 candidates, the largest number since 2002 (also 119), filed their nomination documents by the 4:00pm deadline for 27 positions on Vancouver City Council, the Park Board, and Vancouver School Board.

Vancouver Votes - Woman on street

City opens eight advance voting locations 280% increase in advance voting hours

Oct 9, 2014 – Over the last two election cycles, the City has worked to enhance the availability of opportunities to vote in advance of an election through incremental increases in advance polls.

Gastown Steamclock

Gastown Steam Clock undergoes repairs

Oct 8, 2014 – We will begin major repairs to the Gastown Steam Clock starting Wednesday, October 8. To complete this work, we will temporarily remove the clock from the street corner.

Vancouver City Hall

City continues efforts to find housing for homeless campers in Oppenheimer Park

Oct 8, 2014 – Following the decision of the BC Supreme Court this afternoon, the City of Vancouver will continue its efforts to assist those in the park who are homeless to access available shelter and housing options ahead of the October 15, 10:00pm deadline imposed by the court.

2014 Book Award winner David Stouck

David Stouck wins 2014 Book Award for Arthur Erickson biography

Oct 7, 2014 – David Stouck's in-depth portrait of the life and work of one of Canada’s most renowned architects Arthur Erickson is the winner of the 2014 City of Vancouver Book Award.

Vancouver downtown waterfront

City and partners announce plan to open Technology and Social Innovation Centre

Oct 3, 2014 – The City, in collaboration with the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) and the Vancity Community Foundation, has designated 312/324 Main Street as the future site of the city’s first Technology and Social Innovation Centre.

Vancouver City Hall

City of Vancouver to challenge Canadian Pacific Railway action on Arbutus corridor

Oct 3, 2014 – Today the City of Vancouver has filed a notice of civil claim in BC Supreme Court in a direct constitutional challenge to action taken by Canadian Pacific (CP) to clear the Arbutus corridor and to reactivate it as a railway.

Group of people meeting at Trout Lake

City co-funds new pilot program to develop innovative social change projects

Oct 2, 2014 – The City is working with government and philanthropic partners on a new pilot program to spark innovative projects that address social change and promote inclusion for all residents.

Vancouver's Skyline

Four-year Capital Plan includes significant investments for Vancouver

Oct 1, 2014 – Today Vancouver City Council adopted the 2015-2018 Capital Plan, a four-year financial plan for investments in our city’s facilities and infrastructure to support a wide range of services for residents, businesses, and people who visit and work in the city.

2014 Mayor's Arts Awards logo

2014 Mayor’s Arts Awards recipients announced

Sep 30, 2014 – Vancouver’s outstanding creative talents will be recognized for their achievements with the 2014 Mayor’s Arts Awards and City of Vancouver Book Awards at a special ceremony on October 7 at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.

Vancouver City Hall sign

City of Vancouver statement regarding closure of Stanley Park tonight

Sep 28, 2014 – Tonight at approximately 8:30pm, Park Board staff became aware a few people had relocated from Oppenheimer Park to set up camp near the Totem Poles in Stanley Park and additional people were arriving.

Vancouver City Hall

City of Vancouver seeks end to Oppenheimer encampment

Sep 25, 2014 – The City has filed materials in support of an application in BC Supreme Court for an injunction to begin the dismantling of the camp at Oppenheimer Park.

National Works Yard

Doors Open to Vancouver’s most popular and iconic buildings

Sep 25, 2014 – On Saturday, October 4 from 10:00am to 5:00pm, the City will host Vancouver’s first-ever Doors Open. It's a one-day event that gives you a free, behind-the-scenes look at over 20 popular and iconic Vancouver buildings.

Longboarding lab

Free longboarder safety clinic for kids

Sep 24, 2014 – The Vancouver Park Board is promoting safe longboarding with a free clinic for children ages 11 to 16 on Sunday, September 28. Learn more and register.

Aaron Munro of RainCity Housing

City adds 157 new units of interim housing to address street homelessness

Sep 24, 2014 – We have added another important piece to our strategy to end street homelessness with the addition of 157 new units of interim housing at 1335 Howe Street.

Man who is homeless

City moves forward with expanded housing strategy

Sep 23, 2014 – As the weather deteriorates, City staff have put a plan in place to ensure people who are homeless at Oppenheimer Park have access to housing.

Fraserview Golf Course garden

Sustainably-grown vegetables harvested at Vancouver golf courses

Sep 22, 2014 – Did you know that it's harvest time for the sustainably-grown vegetables from the gardens at Fraserview, Langara, and McCleery golf courses? Or that the Vancouver Park Board has approved about 180 new vegetable plots on park lands this year?

Culture Days September 25-27

Have a cultural experience during Culture Days

Sep 19, 2014 – Discover the talents of Vancouver’s cultural community in a wide variety of events at Culture Days 2014 from September 26 to 28.

Greenest City Scholar Angie Nicholas presents her project about waste diversion at special events

Greenest City Scholars Program reaches 5th year

Sep 16, 2014 – Over five years, the Greenest City Scholars Program has connected 59 University of British Columbia (UBC) graduate students with the City to perform meaningful research on sustainability initiatives. Explore the projects from this year's scholars.

Aerial view of downtown Vancouver

Urban Design Awards winners 2014

Sep 15, 2014 – Ten projects representing the highest standards of architecture and urban design are the recipients of the first-ever City of Vancouver Urban Design Awards.

Roof of building under construction

Building bylaw information session for contractors and developers

Sep 15, 2014 – The next information session on the new 2015 Vancouver Building Bylaw as it relates to one- and two-family building permit applications is September 16. Learn about the session topics and sign up.

Hollow Tree

Statement from Park Board Chair on Hollow Tree fire

Sep 12, 2014 – There were two suspicious fires overnight at the Hollow Tree in Stanley Park.

Vancouver City Hall

City disappointed in CP Rail refusal to make a reasonable deal

Sep 12, 2014 – Talks with CP Rail regarding the Arbutus Corridor have broken off. We will continue to advocate for citizens’ interests along the corridor, and will oppose the reactivation of cargo trains along the corridor.

Kitchen container and Green Bin

Expanded Green Bin Program marks its second anniversary

Sep 12, 2014 – As we mark the two-year anniversary of the City's expanded Green Bin Program for recycling food scraps, we observe less garbage going to the landfill and more collection of organics. We continue to prepare for the 2015 region-wide landfill disposal ban of all food scraps.

City of Vancouver Book Award

2014 Vancouver Book Award finalists

Sep 11, 2014 – Five books that reflect Vancouver’s unique character, culture and history have been selected as finalists for the 2014 City of Vancouver Book Award.

Youth group

Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions releases first report

Sep 10, 2014 – The Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions released its first report today, outlining 23 priority actions to improve the health and housing needs of Vancouver residents living with mental health issues and addictions.


Skimboarding camps extended through September

Sep 10, 2014 – For the first time ever, the Vancouver Park Board is offering flatland skimboarding camps during the month of September, though the West Point Grey Community Centre.

Children and childcare feature

Daycamps at community centres fill up quickly as teachers' strike continues

Sep 2, 2014 – Vancouver Park Board and local community centre associations have almost doubled the number of day camps and special programs for children during the BC Teachers’ strike.

Contact Creekside Community Centre

Vancouver community centres offer programming as teachers’ strike threatens to continue

Aug 28, 2014 – Vancouver Park Board community centres are responding to the BC Teachers’ Federation summer-long strike that threatens to continue into the fall.

Vancouver City Hall

Track work suspended for talks between City and CP Rail

Aug 27, 2014 – City senior officials and CP Rail have agreed to meet to discuss the future of the Arbutus Corridor.

Cycling in Vancouver

Cycling routes see record usage

Aug 27, 2014 – Cycling routes and separated bike lanes have seen record numbers throughout the month of July.

Pedestrians and bus near English Bay

New wayfinding increases likelihood of walking

Aug 25, 2014 – To help make finding a walking route in Vancouver even easier, 210 map stands will be updated or installed, starting in the downtown core this September. Additional maps will be installed around the city throughout the fall.

Keep Vancouver Spectacular

The City seeks to ensure climate change is considered in the NEB Trans Mountain Pipeline review

Aug 21, 2014 – Tomorrow, the City of Vancouver will ask the Federal Court of Appeal for leave to appeal the National Energy Board’s (NEB) decision not to consider the effects of climate change in its assessment of the Trans Mountain Pipeline proposal.

Davie Street West End business improvement area

City of Vancouver launches second phase of public consultation for draft 2015-2018 capital plan

Aug 18, 2014 – Provide feedback on the proposed capital investments over the next four years. Input will be incorporated into the final plan which will be presented to City Council and the Park Board for consideration and approval in September 2014.

Vancouver family

Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency announces call for board directors

Aug 15, 2014 – The new Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency is a City-controlled, but legally separate, entity created to implement the recommendations from the Mayor's Task Force on Housing Affordability. Board applications are due before the deadline: Monday, September 22, 2014 at 12noon.

Second Beach Pool with a black mesh windbreak

Windbreaks at outdoor pools save money and reduce goosebumps

Aug 13, 2014 – Learn how an energy conservation initiative at Kitsilano Pool and Second Beach Pool in Stanley Park has significantly reduced greenhouse emissions.

An event in the Grandview neighbourhood

Grandview-Woodland Citizens' Assembly selected

Aug 12, 2014 – From a pool of 504 community members who actively volunteered to be part of the Grandview-Woodland Citizens’ Assembly, 48 have been randomly selected.

Water sprinkling restrictions are in effect from June 1 to September 30.

Lawn watering regulations protect drinking water

Aug 6, 2014 – One hour, once per week is all your lawn needs. Don't forget that lawn sprinkling restrictions are in effect until September 30.

Year of Reconciliation transit poster by Dionne Paul

New artwork for the Year of Reconciliation - August 2014

Aug 4, 2014 – New transit shelter posters debut in August 2014 as part of a public art exhibition to honour and celebrate the City’s Year of Reconciliation.

Park Board office in Stanley Park

Park Board to amend bylaw to ban breeding of captive whales, dolphins, and porpoises

Jul 31, 2014 – The Vancouver Park Board unanimously approved a motion concerning the Vancouver Aquarium, including an amendment to the Parks Control Bylaw to prohibit the breeding of captive whales, dolphins, and porpoises in Vancouver parks, unless they are a threatened cetacean species.

Aerial view of downtown Vancouver

NEB decision to ignore climate change evidence a step backwards, says City

Jul 29, 2014 – The City of Vancouver is disappointed with the National Energy Board’s (NEB) recent decision to reject its motion to consider the upstream and downstream climate change impacts of the Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal.

Artist work studio at West 6th Avenue and Fir Street

Artist Studio Awards Program to provide creative space for low-income artists

Jul 25, 2014 – Low-income professional artists in Vancouver are invited to apply for our Artist Studio Awards Program. The program helps artists develop their creative practices by providing them with live-work and work-only space for a reduced rent or for free, for up to three years.

Bottles and cans in bin

Unique partnership launches Vancouver’s first innovative Green Recycling Hub

Jul 24, 2014 – The first of its kind in Vancouver, the Green Recycling Hub officially opened its doors today, setting a standard for collaboration and innovation in the recycling industry.

Park Board office in Stanley Park

Report on Vancouver Aquarium captivity practices released today

Jul 23, 2014 – The Vancouver Park Board report on the practice of keeping captive whales, dolphins, and porpoises at the Vancouver Aquarium was released today in preparation for a Special Meeting of the Board on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Trillium Park North

Work begins to rewild Vancouver and connect people to the natural world

Jul 23, 2014 – The Vancouver Park Board has already started work to "rewild" Vancouver so the city can become not only the greenest, but the most ecologically literate on earth.


Vancouver looks for its next Poet Laureate

Jul 22, 2014 – The City of Vancouver, Vancouver Public Library, and Vancouver Writers Fest are accepting nominations for Vancouver’s next Poet Laureate until August 27. The Laureate acts as a champion for poetry, language, and the arts, and creates a unique, artistic legacy through public readings and city events.

Highrise under construction

Building permit values reach the highest levels since before the recession

Jul 18, 2014 – The City of Vancouver issued a record $1.12 billion in building permits during the first six months of 2014, the highest amount since pre-recession levels. This is the third year in a row that construction has topped the billion-dollar figure for the first half of the year.

Hastings Community Little League

Construction begins on baseball diamonds at Hastings Community Park

Jul 16, 2014 – The Vancouver Park Board is holding a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off the reconstruction of the little league baseball diamonds at Hastings Community Park. Learn how we are funding this project to build on the 50-year history of this sports facility.

Vancouver City Hall

City of Vancouver’s approach to debt

Jul 15, 2014 – The City of Vancouver has a dynamic, highly diversified urban economy that is thriving as a result of its global brand, its leading global clusters in the high tech and creative sector, and its role as a global gateway to the Asia Pacific.

Park Board office at 2099 Beach Ave.

Park Board calls Special Meeting to review practice of keeping captive whales and dolphins in Stanley Park

Jul 14, 2014 – The Park Board will meet at 9:00am on Saturday, July 26 to review the practice of keeping captive cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) at the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park. Sign up to speak at this meeting by 12:00 noon on Friday, July 25.

Children playing in waterpark

Summer sun heats up city

Jul 14, 2014 – Hotter temperatures are forecast for the next few days. Beat the heat and stay hydrated, check on others, and be on the lookout for people who may be suffering from too much heat.

104-108 E Pender Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver

New grant program helps preserve and protect heritage and housing in Chinese Society buildings

Jul 10, 2014 – A new grant program supporting critical upgrades to preserve and protect buildings owned by Chinese Family Clan and Benevolent Societies has been approved by Vancouver City Council.

Person cutting vegetables

City supports Vancouver Incubator Kitchen

Jul 10, 2014 – The City is pleased to support the Vancouver Incubator Kitchen, a partnership between Vancouver Community College, Mark Brand Inc., Vancity Credit Union, and the City of Vancouver.

Coal Harbour

Greenest City Action Plan 2014 update

Jul 9, 2014 – The City of Vancouver released its third annual Greenest City Action Plan update today, with progress continuing in all 10 goal areas. Most notably, Vancouver reached a remarkable six per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) since 2007. In the same period, the population grew five per cent and jobs increased seven per cent.

It's Written on Your Face by Jeannette Sirois

New artwork for the Year of Reconciliation - July 2014

Jul 7, 2014 – A new public art project, a series of transit shelter posters, debuts in July 2014 in an exhibition to honour and celebrate the City’s Year of Reconciliation.

Soccer goalie

Soccer fever takes over Vancouver

Jul 6, 2014 – To mark the 2014 Fifa World Cup Final on July 13, come out to “Soccer! Samba!! Celebration!!!” at the Trout Lake Community Centre. Reserve your tickets in advance.

The City of Vancouver works with the Burrard Inlet Environmental Action Program to protect the inlet.

Trans Mountain answers only 248 of the 394 questions submitted by the City of Vancouver

Jul 4, 2014 – On Friday, the City will use its status as an intervener to call upon the National Energy Board (NEB) to direct Trans Mountain to respond to the 145 questions that remain outstanding from the City’s original submission to the NEB.

Vancouver City Hall

2015-2018 Capital Plan proposes major investments in affordable housing, childcare, transportation

Jul 3, 2014 – The City of Vancouver’s draft 2015-2018 Capital Plan, which will be presented to Council on July 9, identifies $1.08 billion of capital investment priorities for the City for the next four years with a focus on affordable housing, childcare, and transportation.

Vancouver street

Help young street trees thrive this summer

Jul 2, 2014 – Help the Vancouver Park Board, and water young street trees in front of your home and on your block — not only during this hot weather, but throughout the summer.

Photo of Jenn Bojm with Hymns From The Moon, album launch, November 2013, by M. Jolly.

Improvements to the Arts Event Licence Pilot Program

Jul 1, 2014 – The pilot program makes it easier to host pop-up performances for up to 250 people in studios, warehouses, and other unconventional event spaces. Thanks to valuable ongoing participation and feedback, we are making mid-pilot improvements with processing times, event series, and more – starting today.

Vancouver Farmers Market

City pilot program to allow vending of craft liquor at Vancouver farmers markets

Jun 27, 2014 – The City will roll out a pilot program for locally-made beer, wine, and spirit sales at the following farmers markets this summer and fall: Oak Street, Mount Pleasant, Kerrisdale Village, River District, and Yaletown markets.

Urban Reef - Robson Street

VIVA Vancouver launches fourth year of vibrant pedestrian spaces

Jun 26, 2014 – VIVA Vancouver, now in its fourth year, continues to grow in popularity, with new programming for VIVA Granville every weekend this summer. A new installation at 800 Robson Street, and new parklets for you to sit, relax, hang out with friends, and meet your neighbours.

VECTOR volunteer

Amateur radio operators showcase emergency response communications at 24-hour event

Jun 26, 2014 – See hundreds of highly skilled local amateur radio operators come together to practice emergency response operations during a 24 hour event at Queen Elizabeth Park this weekend.

Buildings in Grandview on the Drive

Grandview-Woodland Citizens’ Assembly offers important opportunity to help shape community plan

Jun 25, 2014 – If you are a resident of Vancouver’s Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood, you have a chance to serve on a special Citizens’ Assembly to help shape a community plan for future growth and development in the area.

Vancouver Votes - Woman on street

Voting in November 2014 Vancouver Civic Election easier for everyone

Jun 25, 2014 – The City is making the local voting process as convenient and accessible as possible by offering the option to cast a ballot at any of the close to 120 voting locations on November 15, nine days of voting including advance voting, and additional voting supports for persons with disabilities during advance voting.

Canada Day events

Celebrate Canada Day at community centres across Vancouver

Jun 25, 2014 – It’s a birthday party on July 1! Show your Canada Day spirit by dressing in red and white and celebrating at a neighbourhood community centre.

Roof of building under construction

City offers additional time to prepare for new Vancouver building bylaw

Jun 24, 2014 – On June 24, City Council approved a motion extending the implementation of the new building bylaw from July 1, 2014, to January 1, 2015. The existing Vancouver Building Bylaw will remain in place until the end of 2014.

Vancouver City Hall sign

City honours outstanding citizens at Awards of Excellence

Jun 23, 2014 – The City celebrated the recipients of the first-ever Awards of Excellence, recognizing individuals, organizations, and businesses whose efforts make Vancouver a better city.

Downtown Skyline

Vancouver prepares to “talk tankers” with city’s youth

Jun 19, 2014 – Participate in an open forum on June 24, 2014, to discuss your views on the pipeline expansion proposal. This forum will have a focus on youth aged 30 and under.


City and aboriginal leaders celebrate Year of Reconciliation

Jun 17, 2014 – A celebration of the City's Year of Reconciliation took place today at the VanDusen Botanical Garden, as attendees reflected on the past year, celebrated the events that took place, and looked to the future for a new way forward.

Trout Lake Community Centre in Vancouver

All day kids' programs at community centres this week during teachers' strike

Jun 16, 2014 – Park Board community centres, golf courses, and swimming pools have day-long programming this week while public schools are closed due to the BC Teachers' Federation continuing job action.

Keep Vancouver Spectacular volunteers

Keep Vancouver Spectacular Electronic Drop Off

Jun 13, 2014 – Drop off old and broken electronics, small appliances, and power tools at several community events this summer. Household batteries drop-off will also be available.

Bus ramp

Regional Transportation Plan moves Metro Vancouver forward

Jun 12, 2014 – Today, the City stood alongside municipalities from around the region in releasing the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation "Regional Transportation Investments - A Vision for Metro Vancouver".

BerryMobile at Second Beach

Summer menu in parks: More food carts set to roll and local food featured at concessions

Jun 10, 2014 – The Vancouver Park Board has granted permits to 11 vendors in 15 sites—the highest number of participants to date.

Coal Harbour Community Centre

Community centres offer all day programming on June 11 during teachers’ strike

Jun 10, 2014 – Looking for activities for your child on Wednesday, June 11, during the teachers' strike? Vancouver Park Board community centres will offer day-long programming. Find daycamps and public swim schedules.

Aerial view of downtown Vancouver

All climate change impacts must be part of pipeline review process

Jun 9, 2014 – The City of Vancouver has submitted a response to the National Energy Board (NEB) review panel regarding Trans Mountain’s objection to our suggestion that downstream and upstream climate change impacts be incorporated in the pipeline review process.

kingsway continental ramada inn

Kingsway Continental adds 123 safe and affordable housing units to Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood

Jun 7, 2014 – The City and community members celebrated the opening of the Kingsway Continental, a 123-unit non-market housing project on Kingsway near Boundary.

Trillium Park

Ten proposed projects will improve sports fields’ amenities across the city

Jun 6, 2014 – The Vancouver Park Board is teaming up with the City of Vancouver, community sport partners, and professional baseball with a proposal to spend over $3 million on new and upgraded playing field amenities across Vancouver.

claim your tax grant

Property taxes are due July 3

Jun 5, 2014 – If you’re a City of Vancouver property owner, your main tax notice has either arrived in your mailbox or it’s on the way. Taxes are due July 3. Learn about ways to pay your taxes, claim your homeowner grant, and other services available.

Vancouver buildings

City of Vancouver receives Green Champion Award

Jun 5, 2014 – The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) honoured the City as a Green Champion at its annual conference and trade show. The City was recognized in the municipal category of the “Best Green Building Policy”.

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Vancouver community centres again offer all day programming during teachers’ strike

Jun 4, 2014 – Vancouver Park Board community centres are responding to the BC Teachers’ Federation second week of rotating one day strikes by offering day-long programming on Friday, June 6, when public schools in Vancouver will be closed.

Giants Among Us by Bracken Hanuse Corlett

New artwork for the Year of Reconciliation - June 2014

Jun 2, 2014 – A new public art project, a series of transit shelter posters, debuts in June 2014 in an exhibition to honour and celebrate the City’s Year of Reconciliation.


OneCard’s universal access increases participation and recreation program uptake across city

May 27, 2014 – Vancouverites are staying active and having fun in record numbers, says a recent report on the Park Board’s new OneCard.

Aerial view of downtown Vancouver

City invites entries for inaugural Urban Design Awards

May 26, 2014 – Celebrate design excellence in our city. Submit your entry for our inaugural Urban Design Awards.

Rupert Park Pitch and Putt

The First Tee gets permanent home at Vancouver pitch and putt

May 26, 2014 – The First Tee, a unique program that uses golf to teach youth core values such as perseverance, respect and honesty, has found a new home at an east Vancouver golf course.

Stanley Park miniature train

Choo choo, choo … next stop Stanley Park: Miniature train turns 50

May 26, 2014 – The miniature train is celebrating its 50th anniversary in Stanley Park. To commemorate this milestone, there will be $5.00 train rides, free entertainment, and more from June 6 - 8.

Contact Creekside Community Centre

Community centres offer all day programming during teachers’ strike

May 23, 2014 – Vancouver Park Board community centres are responding to the BC Teachers’ Federation rotating one-day strikes by offering day long programming on Monday, May 26 at 13 community centres.

Dog in park

Please don't leave pets unattended in cars in warm weather

May 22, 2014 – As the weather gets warmer, take care of your pet by not leaving it in the car when you’re out together. Even in the shade with the windows partly open, the inside temperature in a car can quickly rise high enough to seriously harm or even kill your pet.

Children at a playground

City of Vancouver exceeds target for new childcare

May 22, 2014 – At today’s Child Care Month celebration, Mayor Gregor Robertson announced that the City has surpassed its three-year target for creating new childcare spaces.

The City of Vancouver works with the Burrard Inlet Environmental Action Program to protect the inlet.

Insurance companies factor in climate change, so should NEB, says City

May 16, 2014 – The City filed a motion with the National Energy Board (NEB) to ensure that the economic impacts of climate change are included in the review of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

West End

West End Community Plan wins Excellence in Policy Planning Award

May 14, 2014 – The West End Community Plan has won the Planning Institute of British Columbia’s 2014 Excellence in Policy Planning Award (City and Urban Areas).

Second Beach Pool

Summer starts in Vancouver with the opening of outdoor pools and beaches

May 14, 2014 – Starting this Victoria Day long weekend, the city’s outdoor pools and beaches will open, and lifeguards and Park Rangers will be on duty.


Kiteboarders can now launch from Spanish Banks Extension

May 12, 2014 – Kiteboarders will now be able to enjoy their sport locally as part of a new one-year pilot program at Vancouver’s most westerly beach.

Chickadee © Jay Black

The Black-capped Chickadee named Vancouver's City Bird for 2015

May 10, 2014 – For the last four weeks, six resident Vancouver birds have been vying for votes in Vancouver's first City Bird competition. Over 704,000 votes were cast in the online poll, and the Black-capped Chickadee won with 39% support (277,924 votes).

Pop-Up City Hall logo

Pop-Up City Hall

May 8, 2014 – Today the City launched the Pop-Up City Hall program, a mobile City Hall that provides easy access to key municipal services in different Vancouver neighbourhoods.

House damaged by the Christchurch, New Zealand, earthquake in 2011

Get prepared during Emergency Preparedness Week

May 8, 2014 – This week is Emergency Preparedness Week (May 4 -10) and it is a good reminder to ask yourself if you are ready for an emergency.Living in Vancouver, we could be faced with a major earthquake and yet few of us take the necessary steps to ensure we and our families are prepared.

Park Board office in Stanley Park

Statement from Park Board Chair on commencement of legal action against Community Association

May 6, 2014 – There has been significant public concern expressed to the Park Board regarding alleged irregularities in the conduct of business at the Riley Park Hillcrest Community Association. The Park Board has requested information from the Association to assess the situation

Year of Reconciliation art by Tania Willard, Peter Morin and Gabrielle Hill

New artwork for the Year of Reconciliation - May 2014

May 5, 2014 – A new public art project, a series of transit shelter posters, debuts in May 2014 in an exhibition to honour and celebrate the City’s Year of Reconciliation.

United We Can logo

United We Can relocates to City property in False Creek Flats

May 5, 2014 – United We Can, one of the most successful social enterprises in Canada, has moved into a new, larger facility with the help of a rental grant from the City of Vancouver.

Fitness centre

Celebrate Move for Health Day on May 10 at four Park Board fitness centres

May 1, 2014 – The Vancouver Park Board is celebrating Move for Health Day with open houses at four Park Board fitness centres.

Local youth talent

Celebrate Youth Week at Creekside and Roundhouse community centres

Apr 30, 2014 – Take part in the exciting Youth Week activities on May 3, including dragon boating, 3-on-3 basketball, a Race Around the World competition, skateboarding demos, and live performances.

Hillcrest Aquatic Centre

Recommendations approved by Park Board will help make Vancouver the most inclusive city in the world

Apr 29, 2014 – The Vancouver Park Board, at its meeting last night, unanimously approved a list of recommendations that, when implemented, will help make trans and gender-variant people feel more comfortable in the City’s parks and recreation facilities.

Buildings and construction in Olympic Village

Final sale of Olympic Village wins gold for Vancouver taxpayers

Apr 28, 2014 – The City has officially paid down the entire $630 million debt of the Olympic Village development, as well as recovered an additional $70 million.

Robson Redux Winner

Robson Redux competition winner: Swim the "Urban Reef" this summer at 800-Robson Street

Apr 25, 2014 – "Urban Reef" is the winning submission from the Robson Redux design-build competition. This summer, the 800-block of Robson Street will transform into an urban reef for people to sit, relax, and play.

Chickadee © Jay Black

Celebrate birds during Vancouver Bird Week 2014

Apr 25, 2014 – Learn about opportunities to celebrate Vancouver Bird Week May 3-10. From bird nerd to bird curious, there are events for people of all ages.

Group of people walking along False Creek

Share your ideas to help make Vancouver a healthy city for all

Apr 24, 2014 – Over the next six weeks, you will have the chance to share innovative and creative ideas to help achieve health targets over the next decade, through a series of idea labs, online and social media forums, and special partner events.

Renfrew Ravine Park

Earth Day celebrations in Vancouver parks

Apr 22, 2014 – Celebrate Earth Day with activities in several parks across the city on April 22, 26, and 27. Activities include a park cleanup, invasive-plant removal, tree planting, geocaching, habitat restoration, an educational walk, and family entertainment.


75 per cent drop in rental building violations following the launch of our online database

Apr 17, 2014 – The City’s searchable database of rental buildings has improved the condition of rental housing available in Vancouver, helping renters make more informed decisions about their housing.

Burrard Bridge

Road closures along Burrard Street and Burrard Bridge

Apr 17, 2014 – This weekend, the Burrard Bridge and Burrard Street will be closed from 1st Avenue to Pacific Boulevard from 3:00am to 12noon. Cornwall Avenue between Burrard and Cypress will be closed all day Friday and Saturday.

A tree-lined street

Council approves a long-term strategy for our urban forest

Apr 16, 2014 – Council has endorsed a comprehensive long-term Urban Forest Strategy, which will provide the necessary tools to protect existing trees, plant trees more strategically, and manage a healthy, resilient urban forest for future generations.

Group of Keep Vancouver Spectacular volunteers

Come together for a spring cleanup

Apr 14, 2014 – It’s spring cleanup time in Vancouver. Participate in the City's Keep Vancouver Spectacular Neighbourhood Block Cleanup, an event that encourages you to help clean litter from public spaces such as streets, lanes, and parks.

Providing high-quality, affordable water is one of the City's priorities.

Water main cleaning

Apr 10, 2014 – We will be cleaning water mains between April 7 and May 30. During this period, your water may be temporarily discoloured or cloudy. Safety of drinking water will not be affected.

Computer keyboard

City services have been unaffected by the "Heartbleed Bug"

Apr 10, 2014 – We continue to monitor all systems, and in the unlikely event an issue or vulnerability is uncovered, it will be addressed immediately.

Varied Thrush

Elect Vancouver's first City Bird

Apr 9, 2014 – The Park Board is launching the first ever City Bird competition! Find out more, then vote for your favourite bird, either online or in person.

Vancouver City Hall sign

City of Vancouver Awards of Excellence nomination deadline reminder

Apr 8, 2014 – The deadline to nominate organizations, businesses, and individuals for the City’s first annual Awards of Excellence is Wednesday, April 9 at 5:00pm.

Emilie Crewe stills from Making Circles: The Chilkat Dancing Blanket

New public art commissions for the Year of Reconciliation - April 2014

Apr 7, 2014 – Two new public art projects, a video and transit shelter posters, debut in April 2014 in an exhibition to honour and celebrate the City’s Year of Reconciliation.

People on patio

Later patio hours make for more vibrant evenings

Apr 4, 2014 – You will have an extra hour to enjoy warm weather nights on an outdoor patio this upcoming season at Vancouver restaurants.

William Wasden Jr. Photo © Christine Germano

William Wasden Jr. chosen for Indigenous Artist in Communities Project

Apr 1, 2014 – Award-winning artist William Wasden Jr. has been selected for the Indigenous Artist in Communities Project, honouring the Year of Reconciliation.

Captain Vancouver statue

City of Vancouver Awards of Excellence nomination deadline extended to April 9

Mar 31, 2014 – The City is extending the deadline to nominate those who make Vancouver excellent. Nominations for the first annual Awards of Excellence are now open until Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at 5:00 pm.

Vancouver City Hall

Standard and Poor’s affirm City’s AA rating

Mar 19, 2014 – Standard and Poor’s Rating Service has affirmed the City of Vancouver’s AA credit rating and maintained its positive outlook.

Krista Belle Stewart's Her Story mural at the Canada Line City Centre station

City launches new public art commissions for the Year of Reconciliation

Mar 18, 2014 – Five new public art projects, ranging from banners and posters to videos and a mural, debuted in March in an exhibition to honour and celebrate the City’s Year of Reconciliation.

Vancouver's Skyline

TED2014 live streaming to take place throughout Vancouver

Mar 14, 2014 – With the international TED2014 conference making its debut in Vancouver next week, you will have the opportunity to watch the event for free at live web streaming locations throughout the city and region.

Vancouver City Hall

Casa Mia Public Hearing referred to future date

Mar 12, 2014 – Staff have removed Item #3, “1920 Southwest Marine Drive (Casa Mia)”, from the Public Hearing agenda on March 13, 2014.

Winter Response Shelters will help homeless people in Vancouver

City to expand homeless advocacy, outreach services

Mar 12, 2014 – The City is increasing its homeless advocacy and outreach services by expanding the reach of its Homeless Outreach Team to be citywide and appointing a new Director of Services for the Homeless.


New VanGolf app will maximize golf experience at Vancouver Park Board courses

Mar 12, 2014 – The Vancouver Park Board has launched a new mobile app loaded with features to maximize the golf experience at its three championship courses - Langara, Fraserview, and McCleery.

Bloedel Conservatory

City approves funding to complete Bloedel Conservatory roof replacement

Mar 11, 2014 – A funding commitment of $1.3-million has been approved by the City to complete the replacement of Bloedel Conservatory’s iconic domed roof.

Vancouver City Hall

City to provide online updates about speaker wait times

Mar 10, 2014 – Starting today, the City of Vancouver will provide regular updates online to keep people informed on speaker wait times at Council meetings.

Blue heron photo © Michael Schmidt

Pacific great blue herons return to Stanley Park

Mar 10, 2014 – The Pacific great blue herons have returned to their current nest site in Stanley Park for the 14th consecutive year. They began arriving in the past week to the trees that tower above the Park Board's Administrative Offices and the tennis courts.

View of Downtown and West End from Granville Street Bridge

City Inspection Services: Changes to the way we work together

Mar 7, 2014 – To help reduce wait times and give more efficient and consistent service, we are changing the way we work with inspections clients. Learn about the upcoming changes.

Pedestrians crossing the street

Vancouver pedestrian safety progress through partnerships

Mar 6, 2014 – Today, the City stood together with our partners to highlight the progress made over the past year in pedestrian safety.

VanDusen Botanical Garden

Park Board spring break activities will educate and entertain

Mar 6, 2014 – Spring break is around the corner! We offer education and entertainment at many Park Board facilities including the Stanley Park Miniature Train, VanDusen Botanical Garden, Bloedel Conservatory, golf courses, and community centres.

Remarkable Women 2014

Vancouver Celebrates Women in the Year of Reconciliation with Poster Series

Mar 4, 2014 – The City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation will mark International Women’s Day with events to celebrate and acknowledge the 2014 Remarkable Women honourees.

Burrard Bridge

Burrard Bridge safety and structural improvements

Feb 28, 2014 – The 81-year-old Burrard Bridge is undergoing safety and structural repairs. Starting March 3, 2014, vehicle lanes will be reduced from four to three, with one lane southbound and two lanes northbound.

Dude Chilling Park sign

‘Dude Chilling Park’ sign gets a permanent home in Guelph Park

Feb 25, 2014 – The 'Dude Chilling Park' sign is being permanently installed in Guelph Park and will be unveiled on Thursday, February 27 at 11:00am.

Vancouver City Hall

2014 City of Vancouver Building Bylaw implementation

Feb 24, 2014 – The City has extended the Building Bylaw implementation date to July 1, 2014.

Vancouver City Hall sign

City launches Awards of Excellence

Feb 21, 2014 – The City of Vancouver launches the Awards of Excellence, recognizing individuals, organizations, and businesses whose efforts make Vancouver a better city.

Doctor with patient

Vancouver doctors help you find a family doctor with A GP for Me

Feb 19, 2014 – Supported by the City of Vancouver, "A GP for Me" is an innovative new physician and citizen engagement campaign by the BC Ministry of Health and Doctors of BC to help you find a family doctor.

2010 Games street scene, © Tilo Dreissen

Celebrate Vancouver’s Olympic legacy during Sochi 2014 Winter Games

Feb 6, 2014 – Red and white are the colours of the day at Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic legacy facilities and other select Park Board community centres and ice rinks during the Sochi 2014 Winter Games.


Ming Sun building update

Feb 5, 2014 – The City has lifted the orders restricting access to the Ming Sun building, now that the owner has structurally secured the building.

Acting and theatre programs at Vancouver community centres

CBC, City of Vancouver announce arts and cultural recipients of CBC’s community amenity space

Feb 5, 2014 – The City and CBC Vancouver are pleased to welcome PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Society and partners, Touchstone Theatre, the Documentary Media Society (DOXA Documentary Film Festival), and Music on Main Society to the community amenity space at the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre.

Community Garden

Grants from Greenest City Fund near $1 million mark

Feb 4, 2014 – Today, the City and the Vancouver Foundation announced the community grant recipients of the second cycle of the Greenest City Fund, which will help support projects related to the City’s greenest city goals.

Burrard Bridge

Burrard Bridge safety and structural improvements

Jan 31, 2014 – The 81-year-old Burrard Bridge will undergo safety and structural repairs starting Monday, February 3 at 5:00am. Please consider alternate routes.

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Mayor's Engaged City Task Force releases final report

Jan 30, 2014 – The Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force released its final report, outlining 19 priority actions that Vancouver City Hall can do to make Vancouver an engaged city, including increasing voter turnout, enhancing consultation, and better engagement with newcomers and new immigrants across the city.


New taxi driver training program for customers with disabilities and seniors launches in Vancouver

Jan 29, 2014 – Mayor Robertson, the Vancouver Taxi Association, and the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities officially launched ‘Ask-Listen-Act’, a new form of enhanced taxi driver training involving seniors and people with disabilities. The program is the first of its kind in Canada.

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Vancouver Resident Permit Parking (VRPP) permits expire February 28

Jan 28, 2014 – If you have an annual residential parking permit for VRPP zones throughout Vancouver, remember to renew your permit soon. You can renew your permit online, over the phone, or in person at City Hall starting February 1.

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Musqueam Indian Band and City of Vancouver sign new agreement

Jan 27, 2014 – The City of Vancouver and the Musqueam Indian Band have signed a new comprehensive agreement that is one of the first modern long-term agreements to be signed between a municipality and a First Nation band.

VIVA Vancouver - Pop Rocks (Photo by Krista Jahnke)

VIVA launches new design competition - Robson Redux

Jan 23, 2014 – VIVA Vancouver is opening its magnificent 800 Robson Street space to designers with Robson Redux, a design-build competition that invites emerging and professional designers to submit their design ideas related to the theme of “connection”.

Vancouver Park Board office at Stanley Park

Statement from Park Board Chair on BC Supreme Court judgement - Jan 2014

Jan 17, 2014 – Today the Supreme Court of British Columbia delivered a decision that delays the Park Board’s ability to terminate agreements with six associations - Killarney, Kensington, Kerrisdale, Hastings, Sunset, and Hillcrest Community centres.

Point Grey Road - Cornwall Avenue Corridor

Traffic changes on Point Grey Road start this weekend

Jan 16, 2014 – Point Grey Road between Macdonald Street and Alma Street will be permanently closed to commuter traffic starting on Saturday, January 18 at 7:00am. Motorists are advised to plan an alternate route.


Ming Sun building update

Dec 27, 2013 – The City has issued an order to the Ming Sun building owner detailing further steps required to secure the structure of the building.

Polar Bear Swim

94th annual Polar Bear Swim on January 1

Dec 23, 2013 – Start 2014 – on a cold note – with a dip in English Bay at the annual Polar Bear Swim on New Year’s Day.

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Take your lifesaving training to the next level!

Dec 13, 2013 – The Vancouver Park Board’s 78th annual Lifeguard School, which provides lifeguard certification and recertification, begins January 7, 2014.

Creekside Community Recreation Centre

Golf, swim, skate, or jump on a cardio machine during the holidays

Dec 12, 2013 – All community centres, fitness centres, pools, rinks and golf courses will be open in Vancouver throughout the holiday season, including many on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.


City addresses public safety issue of Ming Sun Building

Dec 10, 2013 – The City engaged a demolition company and a structural engineer to oversee and undertake the removal of the bricks on the west wall and chimney of the Ming Sun Building in an effort to make the external structure safe.

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City boards up Ming Sun Building to protect public

Dec 10, 2013 – Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services (VFRS) was called out to the Ming Sun Building after receiving a report that water was coming out of the building. The water valve was immediately shut off at the building to stop the flow of water.

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City crews out in force treating roads for snow and ice

Dec 10, 2013 – City crews and 20 trucks salted and sanded bus routes, hills, and priority hospital and school routes to prepare for freezing drizzle, light snow, and rain in the forecast.

City waste collection services

Garbage, recycling, and Green Bin pick-up delayed by snow and icy road conditions

Dec 10, 2013 – Some garbage, recycling, and Green Bin pick-up were missed on Monday, December 9 and Tuesday, December 10 due to icy road conditions in some areas of the city.

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City crews salting major routes for first snow fall of 2013

Dec 9, 2013 – With the first snow of the year, City crews are out salting Vancouver's major routes today. They have been making preparations throughout the weekend for today's snow flurries and freezing drizzle, and dispatched 20 City trucks to salt and sand major routes.

City Hall in summer, behind the trees on the north lawn

Statement on the Ming Sun Building

Dec 6, 2013 – Over the past five months, the City has taken repeated steps to ensure the safety of the Ming Sun Building. Unfortunately, the owners have refused to provide a plan to make the urgent repairs required.

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Historic York Theatre reopens as new community arts space

Dec 5, 2013 – The 100-year-old historic York Theatre, located on the northern part of Commercial Drive near Venables, will run primarily as a rental venue, accessible for artists and community groups.

Komagata Maru monument

Statement from Park Board Chair on incident at Komagata Maru monument

Dec 5, 2013 – Today, the Vancouver Park Board has become aware of a photograph posted on Facebook appearing to show an individual defacing the commemorative monument to the Komagata Maru in Harbour Green Park at Coal Harbour.

Park Board office at 2099 Beach Ave.

Proposed 2014 budget makes long term investment in green spaces and active living

Dec 3, 2013 – The Vancouver Park Board reviewed the proposed 2014 operating and capital budget, which takes a balanced approach to funding for new and enhanced services, productivity initiatives and business development, at a December 2 meeting. 

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Join TalkVancouver and help us build a better City

Dec 3, 2013 – Come and be an advisor to the City, from at home, or on the go! Join us at, and you’ll be the first to know when there’s a chance to weigh in on City matters.

Snow removal on Vancouver streets

City crews ready equipment and salt for snowy forecast

Dec 2, 2013 – The cold weather has arrived in Vancouver and snow is in the forecast for the Lower Mainland next weekend. City crews will make consistent, coordinated efforts to keep main throughways clear, including bus routes, bridges, and arterials.

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City set to expand recycling services this spring

Dec 2, 2013 – This spring you will be able to recycle paper containers such as milk cartons, Tetra Paks, paper cups, ice cream tubs, and paper/metal containers such as frozen juice cans through the City’s curbside recycling program. In addition, Styrofoam and plastic bags will be accepted at the City’s depots.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities event poster

City celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities with community event

Nov 29, 2013 – Celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Come out to a special community event that showcases the talent of local artists with disabilities on Tuesday, December 3 at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre.

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Vancouver 2014 budgets released today

Nov 27, 2013 – The City of Vancouver today released its proposed 2014 Operating Budget of $1.2 billion and Capital Budget of $285 million, which outlines how tax dollars are invested across city departments, and the services that residents receive.

Sequoia tree at George Wainborn Park

Celebrate the 2013 holiday season in Vancouver’s parks and gardens

Nov 26, 2013 – Parks and gardens throughout Vancouver are being transformed with family-oriented holiday events and displays during the 2013 holiday season.

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Amber Dawn wins 2013 City of Vancouver Book Award

Nov 22, 2013 – Amber Dawn’s How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir (Arsenal Pulp Press), a memoir on a woman’s experiences as a sex trade worker, writer, student, and activist is the winner of the 2013 City of Vancouver Book Award.

A man and his best friend in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

Winter Response Strategy Shelters 2013-2014

Nov 22, 2013 – The BC government and the City of Vancouver are opening additional winter emergency shelter spaces, providing new rent supplements, and adding more long-term housing supports during the cold and wet weather season for people who are homeless.

Access and Inclusion Awards

2013 Cultural Harmony, Access and Inclusion Award winners

Nov 21, 2013 – The City of Vancouver celebrated the achievements of outstanding individuals and organizations with the presentation of the 2013 Access and Inclusion and Cultural Harmony Awards today. Find out who received the awards.

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Vancouver wins Best Overall Policy in Global Government Leadership Award

Nov 20, 2013 – Vancouver was awarded "Best Green Policy" for its Greenest City 2020 Action Plan by the World Green Building Council.

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2013 Mayor’s Arts Awards recipients announced

Nov 19, 2013 – Vancouver’s outstanding creative talents will be recognized for their achievements with the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Awards and the City of Vancouver Book Award at a special ceremony on November 22 at Telus World of Science.


New Park Board task force will focus on enviornmental education and stewardship

Nov 19, 2013 – A new task force will bring expertise from the community together to advise the Vancouver Park Board on how to better engage partners, volunteers and neighborhood groups on environmental education and stewardship opportunities in parks and at community centres.

City Hall in summer, behind the trees on the north lawn

City of Vancouver appoints new Director of Corporate Communications

Nov 14, 2013 – The City has appointed a new Director of Communications, Rena Kendall-Craden. Ms. Kendall-Craden brings 11 years of provincial government communications experience to the City having served as Communications Director for eight ministries in both economic and social portfolios.

Canadian Red Cross

Park Board partners with Red Cross to help Typhoon Haiyan victims

Nov 13, 2013 – The Vancouver Park Board is partnering with the Canadian Red Cross to help the people of the Philippines impacted by Typhoon Haiyan. Cash donations to the Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan Fund will be accepted in specially marked boxes at 23 community centres in neighborhoods across the city.

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Cigarette butt collection and recycling

Nov 12, 2013 – Learn about a new program to recycle cigarette butts launched by the City of Vancouver and TerraCycle.

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Get collection reminders through the City's new smartphone app - VanCollect

Nov 6, 2013 – If you receive garbage, recycling, or Green Bin collection from the City, you can now download a smartphone app called VanCollect to keep track of your collection schedule and more.

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Got leaves?

Nov 4, 2013 – Residences who receive Green Bin collection services can set out an unlimited quantity of leaves for pickup from October 1 to January 31. Remember: do not rake or blow your leaves into the street.

View of Downtown and West End from Granville Street Bridge

City introduces appointment booking to streamline the permit and licence processes

Oct 15, 2013 – As of November 4 you can skip the line and book appointments for a variety of permit services. For some permit applications, appointments are required, and walk-in service is no longer available.

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The City launches a new online space for you to share your ideas and opinions

Sep 11, 2013 – As part of our Engaged City initiative, we invite you to be part of Talk Vancouver, our online space for civic participation.

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