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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

 

 

Phase 1 Public Engagement - Drinking Water Management Plan UpdatePhase 1 Public Engagement - Drinking Water Management Plan Update<div class="ExternalClass4BA2C67155E84D0B9EDEE116A115EA6F"><p>​<strong>We want to hear from you!</strong></p><p>Share your feedback on the draft goals and guiding principles by July 26, and help shape the future of our region's drinking water.<br></p><p><br></p></div>https://metrovancouver.org/events/Event/23554/26/2024 7:00:00 AM7/26/2024 7:00:00 AMhttps://metrovancouver.org/services/water/drinking-water-management-plan-update, https://metrovancouver.org/services/water/drinking-water-management-plan-updatehttps://metrovancouver.civilspace.io/en/projects/drinking-water-management-plan-update/engagements/phase-1-engagement-survey, https://metrovancouver.civilspace.io/en/projects/drinking-water-management-plan-update/engagements/phase-1-engagement-survey
Phase 2 Engagement – Liquid Waste Management Plan UpdatePhase 2 Engagement – Liquid Waste Management Plan Update<div class="ExternalClassA7C8F39471734CA19622F10806FD50E3"><p>Share your feedback and opinions on the direction of the Liquid Waste Management Plan Update and learn about ways you can support the health of our rivers and ocean. The plan will set the course for how we manage wastewater and stormwater in our growing region for the next 10 years, and includes actions for Metro Vancouver and its members.<br></p></div>https://metrovancouver.org/events/Event/24466/13/2024 7:00:00 AM7/4/2024 7:00:00 AMhttps://metrovancouver.org/services/liquid-waste/liquid-waste-management-plan-update, https://metrovancouver.org/services/liquid-waste/liquid-waste-management-plan-updatehttps://metrovancouver.civilspace.io/en/projects/updating-metro-vancouver-s-liquid-waste-management-plan/engagements/liquid-waste-management-plan-update, https://metrovancouver.civilspace.io/en/projects/updating-metro-vancouver-s-liquid-waste-management-plan/engagements/liquid-waste-management-plan-update
Webinar: Phase 1 Public Engagement - Drinking Water Management Plan UpdateWebinar: Phase 1 Public Engagement - Drinking Water Management Plan Update<div class="ExternalClass00DA238F4F1247FF89BA7B28C646775F"><p><span style="font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">​</span><span style="background-color:#ffffff;font-size:17.3333px;">Metro Vancouver is hosting a webinar to provide information about the Drinking Water Management Plan Update. There will be a brief presentation followed b</span><span style="background-color:#ffffff;font-size:17.3333px;">y an opportunity to speak with the project team.</span><br></span></p></div>https://metrovancouver.org/events/Event/2361Zoom6/18/2024 5:00:00 PM6/18/2024 6:30:00 PMhttps://registration.metrovancouver.org/water/Pages/webinar-phase-1-drinking-water-june25.aspx, https://registration.metrovancouver.org/water/Pages/webinar-phase-1-drinking-water-june25.aspxhttps://metrovancouver.org/services/water/drinking-water-management-plan-update, https://metrovancouver.org/services/water/drinking-water-management-plan-updatehttps://metrovancouver.civilspace.io/en/projects/drinking-water-management-plan-update/engagements/phase-1-engagement/sections/1?_gl=1*4b14ci*_ga*MTk1MzIxODI4Mi4xNzA4NzExNjU0*_ga_GKFPPTV5X1*MTcxMzgzNjI2NC45Mi4xLjE3MTM4NDEwNzkuMC4wLjA., https://metrovancouver.civilspace.io/en/projects/drinking-water-management-plan-update/engagements/phase-1-engagement/sections/1?_gl=1*4b14ci*_ga*MTk1MzIxODI4Mi4xNzA4NzExNjU0*_ga_GKFPPTV5X1*MTcxMzgzNjI2NC45Mi4xLjE3MTM4NDEwNzkuMC4wLjA.
Webinar: Phase 1 Public Engagement - Drinking Water Management Plan UpdateWebinar: Phase 1 Public Engagement - Drinking Water Management Plan Update<div class="ExternalClass2B433E7FB2B84E779B860D9F00588A6B"><p>​<span style="font-size:17.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;">M</span><span style="font-size:17.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;">etro Vancouver is hosting a webinar to provide information about the Drinking Water Management Plan Update. There will be a brief presentation followed by an opportun</span><span style="font-size:17.3333px;background-color:#ffffff;">ity to speak with the project team.</span>​<br></p></div>https://metrovancouver.org/events/Event/2362Zoom6/26/2024 12:30:00 AM6/26/2024 2:00:00 AMhttps://registration.metrovancouver.org/water/Pages/webinar-phase-1-drinking-water-june18.aspx, https://registration.metrovancouver.org/water/Pages/webinar-phase-1-drinking-water-june18.aspxhttps://metrovancouver.org/services/water/drinking-water-management-plan-update, https://metrovancouver.org/services/water/drinking-water-management-plan-updatehttps://metrovancouver.civilspace.io/en/projects/drinking-water-management-plan-update/engagements/phase-1-engagement/sections/1?_gl=1*4b14ci*_ga*MTk1MzIxODI4Mi4xNzA4NzExNjU0*_ga_GKFPPTV5X1*MTcxMzgzNjI2NC45Mi4xLjE3MTM4NDEwNzkuMC4wLjA., https://metrovancouver.civilspace.io/en/projects/drinking-water-management-plan-update/engagements/phase-1-engagement/sections/1?_gl=1*4b14ci*_ga*MTk1MzIxODI4Mi4xNzA4NzExNjU0*_ga_GKFPPTV5X1*MTcxMzgzNjI2NC45Mi4xLjE3MTM4NDEwNzkuMC4wLjA.
Phase 2 Public Engagement – Liquid Waste Management Plan UpdatePhase 2 Public Engagement – Liquid Waste Management Plan Update<div class="ExternalClass40BAC8BDA4014CA5AE62719231A981F8"><p>Metro Vancouver is hosting a webinar to provide information and seek public input about the Liquid Waste Management Plan Update. There will be a brief presentation followed by an opportunity to speak with the project team.<br></p></div>https://metrovancouver.org/events/Event/2378Zoom6/26/2024 7:00:00 PM6/26/2024 8:30:00 PMhttps://registration.metrovancouver.org/liquid-waste/Pages/lwmp.aspx, https://registration.metrovancouver.org/liquid-waste/Pages/lwmp.aspxhttps://metrovancouver.org/services/liquid-waste/liquid-waste-management-plan-update, https://metrovancouver.org/services/liquid-waste/liquid-waste-management-plan-update
Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant Projects: Causeway Improvements Virtual Information SessionIona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant Projects: Causeway Improvements Virtual Information Session<div class="ExternalClass679FAFE9014F45E185C431DF6676C5A0"><p>Metro Vancouver is improving the Iona Island Causeway to prepare for construction of the Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant Projects. Metro Vancouver invites you to attend a virtual information session ​on Thursday, June 27, 2024 to share input on the causeway upgrades.​<br></p><p>Currently, the causeway provides the only road access to Iona Island, including to the wastewater treatment plant and Iona Beach Regional Park. The improvements aim to:<br></p><ul><li>Provide safer access to Iona Island for all road users during construction</li><li>Ensure construction materials are efficiently delivered to site</li></ul><p>The online information session will provide an opportunity for community members to learn more and share feedback on the road improvements and new greenway that will connect Iona Island to the regional greenway network. See the <a href="/services/liquid-waste/ConstructionDocuments/fact-sheet-causeway-improvements-project-iona-projects-feb-2024.pdf">project fact sheet</a> for more information. </p><p>We look forward to connecting with you during the information session.​</p>​​​​​​<br></div>https://metrovancouver.org/events/Event/2443Online6/28/2024 1:00:00 AM6/28/2024 2:30:00 AMhttps://registration.metrovancouver.org/liquid-waste/Pages/causeway-improvements.aspx, https://registration.metrovancouver.org/liquid-waste/Pages/causeway-improvements.aspxhttps://metrovancouver.org/services/liquid-waste/iona-island-wastewater-treatment-plant-projects, https://metrovancouver.org/services/liquid-waste/iona-island-wastewater-treatment-plant-projects
Water 100th Anniversary CelebrationWater 100th Anniversary Celebration<div class="ExternalClass038E270E991E497C88F15EA7D46B6019"><p>​Join Metro Vancouver for a free outdoor event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Greater Vancouver Water District. Enjoy a fun-filled day with interactive activities, music, food trucks, and more! Learn how water is stored, treated, and supplied to the region’s residents, and share your input on the future of the water supply system.<br></p></div>https://metrovancouver.org/events/Event/2445Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve 7/20/2024 6:00:00 PM7/20/2024 10:00:00 PM
Water 100th Anniversary Celebration - Drinking Water Management Plan Update EngagementWater 100th Anniversary Celebration - Drinking Water Management Plan Update Engagement<div class="ExternalClass6A3A50FD8CDC47E1AEA0F863A09530EE"><p>Learn how water is stored, treated, and supplied to the region's residents, and share your input on the future of the water supply system.​<br></p></div>https://metrovancouver.org/events/Event/2444Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve7/20/2024 6:00:00 PM7/20/2024 10:00:00 PMhttps://metrovancouver.civilspace.io/en/projects/drinking-water-management-plan-update/engagements/phase-1-engagement?_gl=1*1yt6rup*_ga*MTk1MzIxODI4Mi4xNzA4NzExNjU0*_ga_GKFPPTV5X1*MTcxODA2MTY1OC4xNTQuMS4xNzE4MDYxODM1LjAuMC4w, https://metrovancouver.civilspace.io/en/projects/drinking-water-management-plan-update/engagements/phase-1-engagement?_gl=1*1yt6rup*_ga*MTk1MzIxODI4Mi4xNzA4NzExNjU0*_ga_GKFPPTV5X1*MTcxODA2MTY1OC4xNTQuMS4xNzE4MDYxODM1LjAuMC4w

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="http://www.iap2.org/" 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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