2020 Summit


March 17, 2020. With the Provincial Health Officer’s direction this week to limit public gatherings to 50 people, we have decided to cancel the scheduled May 14 Summit, as well as the scheduled Advisory Committee meetings on March 23 and April 27, 2020. 

The Vancouver City Planning Commission is considering alternatives, including the possibility of holding a series of online dialogues, and postponing the Summit event until to fall.  We will continue to communicate with you about any updates.

We appreciate this is an ongoing and stressful situation for everybody, and we want to remind you to take care of yourself and your loved ones. Get enough rest, and make sure to exercise, get some fresh air, and eat well.

SUMMIT: The Vancouver We Want: The City We Need

The Vancouver City Planning Commission (VCPC) is a citizen advisory board mandated under bylaw to advise the Mayor and City Council on planning and development issues that affect the city’s future. VCPC is uniquely positioned to work as a catalyst, convening dialogues with other groups and partners to gather, analyze and consolidate information, formulate advice and recommend actions.

Between now and the Summit, the VCPC (in partnership with a wide representation of City of Vancouver advisory bodies, community organizations, and interest groups will be hosting a series of events under the theme of ‘Shaping the City.’ These events will culminate in a summit about planning and design for a resilient city. The outcomes of this summit will inform the City of Vancouver’s Vancouver Plan.


In 2016, the VCPC participated in the United Nations’ Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. The conference resulted in the New Urban Agenda (NUA), an international guideline for urban development focused on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. The VCPC adopted the NUA as a guide to our own programs for the next five years.

In October 2017, VCPC, in partnership with the City of Vancouver, 100 Resilient Cities (pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation) and SFU Public Square, held our first summit: “Shaping Resiliency: A Summit on Resilience and Vancouver’s Future.”(see vancouverplanning.ca for the Summit report).

In December 2018, VCPC convened a Summit on “A City for All.” The goal was to improve Vancouver’s Resiliency by building our social capacity to respond to shocks and stresses. The Summit brought together over 225 participants in 19 Roundtables on topics under the broad themes of Belonging, Equity, Design, Intersectionality, Reconciliation and Resiliency. The resulting workbook chronicled the key findings and recommendations and included information on how to find out more information about the initiatives presented.  

The 2020 Summit will take the next step to designing and shaping ‘A City for All.’

2020 Summit: The Vancouver We Want: The City We Need

Co-Design Workshop

On the evening of November 12, 2019 VCPC hosted a Co-design Workshop at The City of Vancouver’s CityLab space. The purpose of the workshop was to work with representatives of other city advisory groups and community partners to help design VCPC’s May 2020 Summit which will focus broadly on Places, Spaces and Connections. There was also a desire to consider how the VCPC Summit might contribute to the City of Vancouver’s City-wide Planning process.

The main themes that emerged from the evening were:

  1. Engagement and inclusive planning processes;
  2. Importance of community and identity; and,
  3. Change.

The top three topics selected for inclusion in the 2020 Summit were:

  1. Housing;
  2. Climate Crisis; and,
  3. Transportation.

Summit Objectives

This section is still being developed

  • Raise awareness
  • Host genuine engagement and dialogue
  • Gather, analyze and consolidate results of partner pre-summit events.
  •  Make Recommendations
  • Catalyze action to implement ideas resulting from the Summit

Pre-Summit Events

Pre-Summit partner events will range from public storytelling events, to meetings convened with specific groups with an interest in the topic who wish to contribute to the dialogue. The location and timing of partner activities leading up to the Summit will be determined by partner groups and posted on the VCPC’s website.

Next Steps

Over the next few months the VCPC will be meeting with relevant City Advisory Committees and other stakeholder groups to develop (co-design?) the Summit agenda and  identify partners and sponsors who are willing to organize lead up events and/or provide input and resources for the Summit content and process.

Interested parties are asked to contact: Yuri Artibise, Executive Director of Vancouver City Planning Commission at 604-992-4197, by email at vcpc@vancouver.ca or by completing the form below.