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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).



Projected timeline for the UEL Governance Study

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.

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).



Projected timeline for the UEL Governance Study

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.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded. Thank you for participating in the UEL Governance Study community survey

    CLOSED: This survey has concluded. Thank you for participating in the UEL Governance Study community survey

    The University Endowment Lands (UEL) has a unique governance structure, as it is the only remaining urban area in British Columbia where local government services are provided directly by the Province. In 2020, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs (the Ministry) initiated a study to better understand the issues and opportunities around services, structure and governance in the UEL.

    The study will gather and consolidate information about the complexities and challenges of the current service delivery structure at the UEL, the diverse interests involved, and options for change. While the study will clarify issues, options, and opinions, it is intended to inform decision making rather than determine conclusively whether or not governance change should or will occur.

    Obtaining input from the community and other interested parties will be important part of the study to gain a better understanding of the current situation, the diversity of interests involved, and what change could mean for residents into the future. With the 9 Service Highlights and Community Profile from the Resource Library (Background Information), the following community survey is part of the engagement process, and we appreciate your participation.

    The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and it is anonymous. The general results of the survey will be presented in early 2021 as part of the ongoing community engagement process. Thank you again for your participation, please contact us at UELgovernance@urbansystems.ca if you have any questions or require clarification of the survey.

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