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​At Metro Vancouver we make decisions that impact the 2.8 million residents that live in our region. Metro Vancouver engages municipalities, businesses, and the general public whenever we are working on a new program, policy, or project across our service areas.

 Upcoming engagement opportunities



Solid Waste Management Plan UpdateSolid Waste Management Plan Update<div class="ExternalClass9BE61A2B6A15408EAB04F0C486A4526B"><ul><li>​​<a href="" target="_blank">Online questionnaire​</a> open until November 3</li><li>Virtual Workshop - October 13</li><li>In-person Workshop - October 24<br></li><li>Community Event - Diwali Fest - November 5<br></li></ul><p>To participate in any of the above, visit the <a href="/services/solid-waste/solid-waste-management-plan-update">Solid Waste Management Plan webpage</a>.​<br></p></div> locations in Metro Vancouver between September 19 and November 59/19/2023 7:00:00 AM11/6/2023 7:00:00 AM, Solid Waste Management Plan Update,
Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant Projects: Barge Berth Open HouseIona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant Projects: Barge Berth Open House<div class="ExternalClass686C9846D75947A68B6ED60D40415832"><p>Metro Vancouver invites you to attend an open house for the proposed barge berth project that will support construction of the Iona Island ​​Wastewater Treatment Plant Projects.</p><p>On October 5, 2023, Metro Vancouver will host an information session and an opportunity for community members to share their feedback on potential impacts of the barge berth. The session will provide updates on the measures that Metro Vancouver will undertake to mitigate impacts on residents. </p><p>We look forward to meeting you at the upcom​ing open house​, and to sharing updates on the project with you. ​<br></p> <br></div> Community Centre ​​Room 208 – 4747 Dunbar Street, Vancouver BC V6S 2H210/6/2023 1:00:00 AM10/6/2023 3:00:00 AM, Iona Island WWTP
Solid Waste Management Plan Update – Virtual WorkshopSolid Waste Management Plan Update – Virtual Workshop<div class="ExternalClass7025612953994B319910A0D8F956310F"><p>This 2-hour virtua​l workshop will bring people together to engage on the topic of solid waste reduction and management in our region. ​<br></p></div> 5:00:00 PM10/13/2023 7:00:00 PM, Registration, Website
Solid Waste Management Plan Update – In-person WorkshopSolid Waste Management Plan Update – In-person Workshop<div class="ExternalClassDD80384DEB714623A7467A7E9A42C6F6"><p>This 2-hour in-person workshop will bring people together to engage on ​​the topic of solid waste reduction and management in our region.​<br></p></div> Recreation Complex10/25/2023 1:00:00 AM10/25/2023 3:00:00 AM, Registration, Website
2023 Zero Waste Conference: Climate Action through Circularity2023 Zero Waste Conference: Climate Action through Circularity<div class="ExternalClass9A67C2BE6E864E9DAEBBD8E224C79D49"><p>Join us on an extraordinary journey of discovery, inspiration, and action at the 2023 Zero Waste Conference on November 1 and 2, 2023. Explore the circular economy's impact on climate change and connect with innovators, visionaries, and changemakers. Engage in inspiring talks, workshops, and sessions to transform ideas into action. Don't miss this opportunity to connect, learn, and shape Canada's sustainable future.​​<br></p></div> Convention Centre11/1/2023 3:00:00 PM11/3/2023 1:00:00 AM,
Stanley Park Water Supply Tunnel: Community Open HouseStanley Park Water Supply Tunnel: Community Open House<div class="ExternalClassD15BFB8E16CF48989317FD2503188BEF"><p>To meet the growing demand for drinking water in the region, Metro Vancouver will construct a new water supply tunnel, replacing an existing water main deep under Stanley Park. The project team expects work will start in late 2024, however site preparations may be completed in advance.<br></p><p>Join us at our community open house to meet the project team, receive updated information on project plans, and ask questions about the project. We look forward to meeting you there!​<br><br></p></div> Rowing Club 11/1/2023 11:30:00 PM11/2/2023 1:00:00 AM,
Community Event – Diwali FestCommunity Event – Diwali Fest<div class="ExternalClass40F6502FCE9D4DF38CFEA5DC1E023A19"><p>​​Metro Vancouver will be attending Diwali in downtown Surrey – come visit our table and learn about the Solid Waste Management Plan update.</p><p>​This event is a celebration of the Festival of Lights, featuring music and dance performances by South Asian Artists.</p></div> City Hall11/5/2023 10:00:00 PM11/6/2023 1:00:00 AM, Website
Climate Action Dialogues | North VancouverClimate Action Dialogues | North Vancouver<div class="ExternalClass5A39803A4E9940319641D16ECED9D456"><div><p>​Join the next Climate Action Dialogues on November 21 and 22, to explore the economic case, and challenges and opportunities from decarbonizing the region’s buildings.​​<br></p></div></div> 10:30:00 PM11/22/2023 12:30:00 AM,
Climate Action Dialogues | New WestminsterClimate Action Dialogues | New Westminster<div class="ExternalClassD27A2D326758445798E55DC31EF8C1BC"><div><p>​Join the next Climate Action Dialogues on November 21 and 22, to explore the economic case, and challenges and opportunities from decarbonizing the region’s buildings.​​<br></p></div></div> 7:30:00 PM11/22/2023 9:30:00 PM,

About comm​unity engagement

Community engagement can take many forms, from online surveys to open houses to working groups. By participating in our engagement opportunities, you can help us make better decisions on projects or plans that affect you and your neighbours. Your input can maximize the benefits of a project, minimize the impacts, and provide new ideas or initiatives for your community.​​​​​​



Guiding principlesGuiding principles<div class="ExternalClassF3A309D4261847DD9C8F1D6C0F168D96"><ul><li>​​​​​Accountability – Metro Vancouver upholds the commitments it makes to the public and demonstrates that the results and outcomes of the engagement processes are consistent with the approved plans for engagement.</li><li>Inclusiveness – Metro Vancouver makes its best efforts to reach, involve and hear from those who are impacted. Plain language will be used in all engagement materials.</li><li>Transparency – Metro Vancouver provides clear and timely information, and endeavours to ensure decision processes, procedures, and constraints are understood.</li><li>Commitment – Metro Vancouver, within its ability and work plans, allocates sufficient resources for effective engagement.</li><li>Responsiveness – Metro Vancouver seeks to understand and be receptive to the public's input.​<br></li></ul></div>
Methods of engagementMethods of engagement<div class="ExternalClassBC9A1C9376964D639E4FE2A754304490"><p>​The format of our engagement depends on the nature of the project and the level of impact on residents and businesses. For example, a small project with minimal public impact (say, a temporary traffic detour) may only need a letter or notice to your home or an advertisement in the local newspaper. A larger project with significant impacts and longer duration in a community may call for ongoing public meetings and working groups (like designing and building a new wastewater treatment plant). Below, a spectrum of public participation* demonstrates how Metro Vancouver communicates and engages based on the needs and goals of a project.​</p></div>
Our spectrum of participationOur spectrum of participation<div class="ExternalClassBBC55A225E054088A80E0DC2CF18FE0D">​​ ​ <table class="uk-table uk-table-small uk-table-divider mv-table-border uk-table-striped"><thead><tr><th class="mv-bg-gray-mid mv-text-small" style="background-color:#b2b2b2;">​​​​<span class="mv-text-vertical mv-white uk-text-bold">IAP2 Spectrum</span> </th><th class="uk-text-center"> <img src="/about-us/PublishingImages/consult.jpg" title="Consult Infograph" alt="" />Consult</th><th class="uk-text-center"> <img src="/about-us/PublishingImages/involve.jpg" title="Involve Infograph" alt="" />Involve<br></th><th class="uk-text-center"> <img src="/about-us/PublishingImages/collaborate.jpg" title="Collaborate Infograph" alt="" />Collaborate​<br></th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td class="mv-bg-gray-mid">​​ <span class="mv-text-vertical mv-white uk-text-bold mv-text-small">Public Participation Goal</span></td><td class="mv-bg-green-screen"><p>To obtain public feedback on analys​is, issues and alternatives and decisions.</p></td><td class="mv-bg-sepia-screen">​​To work with the public to make sure that the concerns and aspirations are considered and understood.</td><td class="mv-bg-cobalt-screen"><p>To partner with ​the p​ublic in each aspect of the decision-making.​<br></p></td></tr><tr><td class="mv-bg-gray-mid">​​ <span class="mv-text-vertical mv-white uk-text-bold mv-text-small">Promise​ to Public</span></td><td class="mv-bg-green-screen"><p>We will keep you informed, listen to and acknowledge concern​s and aspirations, and provide feedback on how public input influenced the decision.</p></td><td class="mv-bg-sepia-screen">​We will work with you to ensure that your concerns and aspirations are directly reflected in the alternatives developed and provide feedback on how public influenced the decision.</td><td class="mv-bg-cobalt-screen"><p>We will look to you for advice and innovation in formulating solutions and i​ncorporate your advice and recommendations into the decision to the maxim​um extent possible.</p></td></tr></tbody></table>​<br> <p class="mv-text-small">*This spectrum is adapted from the <a href="" target="_blank" title="International Association of Public Participation (IAP2)">International Association of Public Participation (IAP2)</a>, which seeks "to promote and improve the practice of public participation in relation to individuals, governments, institutions, and other entities that affect the public interest in nations throughout the world."<br></p></div>
Community engagement outcomesCommunity engagement outcomes<div class="ExternalClass4586D18B67BC4456AD91000DB17A5DB8"><p>Community engagement can help to minimize impacts and develop better projects.</p><p>Additional benefits of community engagement include strengthening relationships, informed dialogue, sharing information on the interconnectivity of our systems, the resiliency of our major utilities, educating on water conservation and source control to protect the environment, and providing education to ​K-12 students and teachers and beyond through our many public events, tours and programs.​</p></div>
Indigenous Peoples engagementIndigenous Peoples engagement<div class="ExternalClassE897EFAC8F124A40A0A721991A8FC0F6"><p>​Metro Vancouver recognizes the history of Indigenous Peoples and aims to build meaningful and enduring relationships with First Nations. We are committed to engaging First Nation communities through information sharing, engagement and ongoing communication.<br></p><p><i class="fa-light fa-link"></i> ​Learn more about <a href="/about-us/indigenous-relations">Indigenous Relations at Metro Vancouver</a>​.<br>​<br></p></div>

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