The city is our business
Through citizen engagement and professional facilitation, the Downtown Vancouver Association possesses the unique ability to interpret community aspirations and assist member individuals and organizations in tailoring their visions for a better MetroCore, in an effort to broaden social diversity, improve economic and foster urban innovation.
As an organization with community in mind, the Downtown Vancouver Association is focused on bringing participants from many backgrounds together in order to ‘connect the dots’ on several key urban issues with the end goal of envisioning a more livable MetroCore for Vancouver.
The Association is strategically positioned to reconcile community aspirations with city planning and policy initiatives. We advocate for sustainable city-making in Vancouver’s MetroCore through promoting social diversity, economic resilience and urban innovation.
The Downtown Vancouver Association is a member-based organization of individuals, community organizations and businesses. The association has a rich history representing business and community interests primarily related to urban planning, transportation and social issues in downtown Vancouver and the surrounding area.
Your city, your vision
The Downtown Vancouver Association is strategically positioned as a facilitator for the community and an organization of professionals who can act on the behalf of citizens to reconcile community aspirations with city planning and policy initiatives. Through public engagement, the association possesses the unique ability to interpret community aspirations and assist citizens in tailoring their visions for a better MetroCore, in an effort to broaden social diversity, improve economic resilience and foster urban innovation.
The Downtown Vancouver Association’s goals are to contribute to the creation of an economic, environmental and socially sustainable community; to make Vancouver a more attractive place to visit; and to improve the quality of life for those who live and work here.
Our mission is to engage, educate, and advocate for excellence in downtown in areas of urban planning, transportation, design, economic vitality and livability.
Advocating for Vancouver’s MetroCore
With over 70 years experience in representing Vancouver’s downtown business communities, the DVA is now advocating for sustainable city-making in Vancouver through promoting economic resilience urban innovation and social diversity. To meet the needs and aspirations of a growing city centre, the DVA has expanded our outlook beyond the downtown peninsula to Burrard Street, 16th Avenue and Clark Drive.
This area is known as the Vancouver MetroCore and encompasses key growth areas likely to redefine Vancouver’s downtown in the coming decades. It is home to a diverse group of residential, cultural and business communities. With this expanded focus, the DVA is connecting a collection of stakeholders whose aspirations and concerns for downtown, while diverse, benefit from common action arising from a shared awareness of the relationships between each perspective.