News: City seeking diverse voices to respond to Vancouver Plan survey

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City of Vancouver Information Bulletin:

The City is actively seeking to hear from diverse voices and ensure all communities across Vancouver are represented through an initial city-wide planning survey. The survey is designed to capture a picture of the current challenges and hopes of those who live, work and play in Vancouver; as well as those who want to do so.

There has been good initial interest in the survey, and we are hearing from renters, home owners, workers and many others. We’ve heard the majority of responses from English speaking community members over 40, without young children. To truly be successful in planning Vancouver for the next 30 years, we need to hear from a broader diversity of voices that reflects everyone in Vancouver.

This includes families with young children, young adults; millennials; people from diverse cultural backgrounds; those who have traditionally faced barriers to participating; and those who have lacked opportunities to participate in the past.

To ensure that we hear from these different sectors of our society, City staff have been working to gather input in a number of ways:

  • The online survey is available in five languages: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Punjabi and Tagalog;
  • Street teams are spending time in communities around the city such as Chinatown, South Vancouver, Downtown Eastside, Strathcona and Kitsilano where responses are lower;
  • Stakeholder meetings are being held to hear feedback first hand from groups such as the Chinatown Legacy Stewardship Group, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, Immigrant Service Society of BC, Parent Advisory Committees, Vancouver School Board, and the Sustainabiliteens; and
  • We’re also advertising directly to non-English speaking audiences through a number of channels.

The online survey closes at the end of February, and we urge anyone who wants their voice to be represented to take five minutes and complete it:

An initial report to City Council is planned for early March with early results and next steps, with a full public report back planned for July when the first phase of city-wide engagement ends.

For more information and to take the first step in Planning Vancouver Together, visit vancouverplan.ca.

Please help us spread the word, and invite all voices to share their thoughts.

Background

  • Nov 2018: City Council directs staff to develop a city-wide planning process
  • July 2019: City Council approves a city-wide planning and engagement process to launch in the fall of 2019.
  • November 2019: Planning Vancouver Together launches by asking all who live, work and play in Vancouver to share their voice in the city-wide planning process.

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