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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



Grow Green Live Series: Pollinator Gardens Grow Green Live Series: Pollinator Gardens <div class="ExternalClass800B8B5CD8044FA6B80F0740B5CC0F12"><p>​<span style="color:#050505;font-family:"segoe ui historic", "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:15px;background-color:#ffffff;">Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Planner, Karin England, will be joined by Christine Thuring, inter-disciplinary plant ecologist and founder of the Native Bee Society of BC, for a discussion on pollinator garden design and maintenance. To access the live stream, go to Metro Vancouver's Facebook page at 12:15pm (</span><a class="x1i10hfl xjbqb8w x1ejq31n xd10rxx x1sy0etr x17r0tee x972fbf xcfux6l x1qhh985 xm0m39n x9f619 x1ypdohk xt0psk2 xe8uvvx xdj266r x11i5rnm xat24cr x1mh8g0r xexx8yu x4uap5 x18d9i69 xkhd6sd x16tdsg8 x1hl2dhg xggy1nq x1a2a7pz xt0b8zv xzsf02u x1s688f" href="" role="link" style="cursor:pointer;outline:none;list-style:none;margin:0px;border-style:none;font-weight:600;padding:0px;border-width:0px;box-sizing:border-box;background-color:#ffffff;display:inline;font-family:"segoe ui historic", "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:15px;"><span class="xt0psk2" style="display:inline;font-family:inherit;"></span></a><span style="color:#050505;font-family:"segoe ui historic", "segoe ui", helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:15px;background-color:#ffffff;">). Follow Metro Vancouver on Facebook to receive notifications for this and future live events. Free for anyone to attend</span>​. <br></p></div> Livestream Event 3/21/2024 7:15:00 PM3/21/2024 8:00:00 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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