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Outdoor Lighting Strategy

Lighting helps make our streets safe for all road users, enhances our public spaces, and helps us to enjoy our city at night. To meet the needs of residents and businesses, we are developing an Outdoor Lighting Strategy for Vancouver. 

The strategy will provide direction on outdoor lighting on streets, public spaces, and private properties across the city. It is meant to:

  • Improve public safety
  • Provide accessible and inviting outdoor spaces
  • Reduce light pollution 
  • Reduce energy usage and cost
  • Minimize ecological impacts

What we're proposing

  • Design guidelines for a citywide transition of our public lighting network towards LED technology
  • New requirements for buildings in residential areas and lane accesses of commercial buildings to reduce unnecessary light pollution
  • Exploration of opportunities to support dark-sky programming and education on light pollution

What's happening

Online survey: We want to hear from you

Residents

Read the consultation paper and tell us what you think about the strategy. The survey closes June 12.

Share your ideas

If you’re an industry professional (lighting designer, architect, electrician, or builder) give your feedback by taking the industry survey.

Open house: Join us in person

Drop in to our open house for information, free activities, and prizes. While you’re there, enjoy discounted tickets to a Planetarium show for just $5.

Saturday, June 2, doors open at 6:30pm
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver

Get details

Why an Outdoor Lighting Strategy?

In Canada, 60% of pedestrian fatalities resulting from automotive collisions happen at night. Recent LED street light improvements at high-collision intersections have shown significant and measurable progress made towards the City’s zero traffic fatalities goal.

A recent survey showed that Vancouver women feel much less safe walking at night than men. An improved public lighting network can help those who feel vulnerable to harassment and violence feel more secure by making outdoor spaces more visible and inviting.

Advances in lighting technology have significantly improved the energy-efficiency of new light fixtures. While technologies like LEDs are more efficient, a strategy will ensure these fixtures are installed responsibly to avoid energy waste and unnecessary light pollution.

Timeline

  • February 2015

    Council directs staff to develop Outdoor Lighting Strategy

  • June 2015

    Greenest City Scholar research

  • September 2017

    Research on issues

  • February 2018

    Consultation with key stakeholders

  • May 2018

    Developed consultation paper

  • We are here
  • June 12, 2018

    Deadline for feedback on consultation

  • September 2018

    Present Outdoor Lighting Strategy to Council