People gathered at Victory Square to watch a music concert, with heritage buildings along Hastings Street in the background

Downtown Eastside Plan

The Downtown Eastside Plan provides a vision, policies, and strategies for the Downtown Eastside that focus on ways to improve the lives of low-income DTES residents and community members.

The plan was developed in partnership with the DTES Neighbourhood Council (DNC), Building Community Society (BCS), and the Planning Committee.

Through each phase of the planning process, there was a range of community engagement opportunities, where residents, business, community groups, and stakeholders shared their ideas and feedback.

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Join us at a legacy business study community forum

Learn about our initial findings from a consultant study about legacy businesses in Chinatown

An opening presentation will share draft qualities for legacy businesses in Chinatown, with a facilitated discussion to follow. Register as space is limited.

Date and time: Friday, December 8, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall Street

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Infographic

Get a snapshot of the DTES Plan's goals in the next 30 years.

Full community plan (21.22 MB)

A longer read about managing future change in each area, housing, culture, economy, health, parks, heritage, transportation, and more.

Local Area Profile (12.05 MB)

Use baseline information about the DTES to help you engage with local projects.

Phase 4: Plan implementation and monitoring (spring 2014 to present)

Phase 3: Feedback and approval (fall 2013 – winter 2014)

Phase 2: Planning (spring 2013 – fall 2013)

Phase 1: Reviewing (winter 2011 – fall 2012)

Implementation newsletters

Background reports, policies, and documents

Public engagement

The Downtown Eastside Plan was developed in four phases.

  1. Reviewing: We identified what the key issues were and what assets we had to work with.
  2. Planning: We developed planning strategies and corresponding action plans. We also identified what would be accomplished, how, and when.
  3. Feedback and approval: We got feedback from City Council and the public, and after incorporating all of the feedback, we presented the plan to Council for final approval.
  4. Monitoring and evaluation: We will measure our results to determine whether we've made a difference and achieved our goals, and assess what's left to do.

View a detailed timeline of the planning process

Previous planning efforts in the Downtown Eastside have served to revitalize the area.

In April 2005, City Council approved the Carrall Street Greenway that now connects Gastown, the Downtown Eastside, and Chinatown. The greenway facilitates economic revitalization and community development in the Downtown Eastside.

On September 22, 2005, the Housing Plan for the Downtown Eastside was adopted by Council. The plan presents a vision for the future of housing in Chinatown, the Downtown Eastside Oppenheimer District, Gastown, the Hastings Corridor, the Industrial Lands, Strathcona, Thornton Park, and Victory Square. It addressed specific housing types: SROs, social housing, market housing, supportive housing, and special needs residential facilities.

From 2008 to 2011, $10 million was given to the Downtown Eastside to celebrate its heritage, culture, and history as part of the Great Beginnings: Old Streets, New Pride initiative.

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