Heart of Our City

The Vancouver Chinatown Foundation was established in 2009 to honour a culture and community established in Vancouver more than 100 years ago, and whose history is integral to our city, our province, and our country.

Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside are at the very heart of Vancouver. As a community leader and convener, the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation mobilizes resources and acts as a catalyst by bringing together thoughtful minds with on-the-ground insight - people who care about our community - to help solve some of the our city’s biggest challenges.

We aspire to build a stronger, more resilient, and inclusive community, and to promote the wellbeing of those in need, while also preserving our city’s irreplaceable cultural heritage.

To that end, we invest in projects that focus on long term, sustainable solutions and positive change including affordable housing and seniors housing.

  • Chinatown is a spiritual identity: the integration of history, culture, and physical characteristics. In a world of increasing homogeneity, distinctive cultural character, integrity of form, and cultural expression are hard to find and even harder to maintain.

  • There are spaces we will need to transform simply because we need the resource. And there are certain spaces that should never be touched because of other values that they hold.