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Project Update – September 2021

Thank you to everyone who participated in the first round of public engagement for the University Endowment Lands (UEL) Governance, Services and Structures Study. Whether you visited the project website for information, joined our virtual open house, completed our online survey, or submitted a question with our website question tool or directly by email, your participation and input is greatly valued.

We are pleased to share with you what we heard about current and anticipated issues related to services, structure and governance in the UEL.

To read the full summary of the project to date, including what we heard from the public survey conducted during the spring of 2021, please CLICK HERE. To see the key project highlights and next steps, please CLICK HERE.

Your input has contributed toward a better understanding of the issues and considerations and will inform the project’s detailed technical review. We look forward to sharing this work with you as part of the second round of engagement, which will be take place later this year.

Please check back here for further updates.


Participate in the UEL Governance Study

The University Endowment Lands (UEL) is unlike any other place in B.C. because of its unique history. It is the only urban area in the province not directly run by a local government and elected council – it has been administered by UEL staff on behalf of the Province for the past 100 years.

That’s why the Ministry of Municipal Affairs is conducting a study of the UEL to better understand the current and future needs of the community, including governance.

This public engagement is intended to encourage discussion and comments from all members of the UEL community including the Musqueam Nation (xwmәθkwәýәm) and other key stakeholders to help us identify different ways to enhance community services and prepare for the future.

By services we mean those things that make a local community function, such as roads, utilities, planning and development, solid waste collection, parks and recreation, emergency services and more.

An experienced and impartial consulting team led by Urban Systems will be overseeing the engagement process and working through a detailed technical review of UEL services, structure and governance over the next 10-12 months.


Study Process

The UEL Governance Study includes four phases leading up to the study’s conclusion and includes two rounds of engagement with UEL community members, First Nations, and local governments in neighbouring jurisdictions (including the City of Vancouver, Musqueam Nation, Metro Vancouver and UBC, among others).


Project Timeline for the UEL Governance Survey


Throughout the process, community members will have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of how the UEL is currently governed, communicate their experiences and preferences about service delivery and decision-making, and provide feedback on potential opportunities for improvement.

To share learnings with the community as the UEL Governance Study progresses, each round of engagement will conclude with a ‘What We Heard’ summary, complemented by an overview at the study’s conclusion.

Following the thorough technical review and discussions with the UEL community and other key stakeholders, a final report will be submitted to the Province to consider options for the future services, structure and governance arrangements of the UEL.

Engagement Opportunities

A virtual open house was hosted on March 11, 2021 from 7-8pm on Zoom. Thank you to those who attended. A recording of the meeting has been posted below for those unable to attend.

Project Update – September 2021

Thank you to everyone who participated in the first round of public engagement for the University Endowment Lands (UEL) Governance, Services and Structures Study. Whether you visited the project website for information, joined our virtual open house, completed our online survey, or submitted a question with our website question tool or directly by email, your participation and input is greatly valued.

We are pleased to share with you what we heard about current and anticipated issues related to services, structure and governance in the UEL.

To read the full summary of the project to date, including what we heard from the public survey conducted during the spring of 2021, please CLICK HERE. To see the key project highlights and next steps, please CLICK HERE.

Your input has contributed toward a better understanding of the issues and considerations and will inform the project’s detailed technical review. We look forward to sharing this work with you as part of the second round of engagement, which will be take place later this year.

Please check back here for further updates.


Participate in the UEL Governance Study

The University Endowment Lands (UEL) is unlike any other place in B.C. because of its unique history. It is the only urban area in the province not directly run by a local government and elected council – it has been administered by UEL staff on behalf of the Province for the past 100 years.

That’s why the Ministry of Municipal Affairs is conducting a study of the UEL to better understand the current and future needs of the community, including governance.

This public engagement is intended to encourage discussion and comments from all members of the UEL community including the Musqueam Nation (xwmәθkwәýәm) and other key stakeholders to help us identify different ways to enhance community services and prepare for the future.

By services we mean those things that make a local community function, such as roads, utilities, planning and development, solid waste collection, parks and recreation, emergency services and more.

An experienced and impartial consulting team led by Urban Systems will be overseeing the engagement process and working through a detailed technical review of UEL services, structure and governance over the next 10-12 months.


Study Process

The UEL Governance Study includes four phases leading up to the study’s conclusion and includes two rounds of engagement with UEL community members, First Nations, and local governments in neighbouring jurisdictions (including the City of Vancouver, Musqueam Nation, Metro Vancouver and UBC, among others).


Project Timeline for the UEL Governance Survey


Throughout the process, community members will have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of how the UEL is currently governed, communicate their experiences and preferences about service delivery and decision-making, and provide feedback on potential opportunities for improvement.

To share learnings with the community as the UEL Governance Study progresses, each round of engagement will conclude with a ‘What We Heard’ summary, complemented by an overview at the study’s conclusion.

Following the thorough technical review and discussions with the UEL community and other key stakeholders, a final report will be submitted to the Province to consider options for the future services, structure and governance arrangements of the UEL.

Engagement Opportunities

A virtual open house was hosted on March 11, 2021 from 7-8pm on Zoom. Thank you to those who attended. A recording of the meeting has been posted below for those unable to attend.

What questions do you have about the UEL Governance Study?

Send us your questions here and we will respond to your question within 5 business days. 

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