About : Granville Island 2040

What is Granville Island 2040?

For nearly 40 years, Granville Island has thrived as a unique and authentic cultural centre; a shining example of what is possible when creative energy and innovative thinking converge in a public space.

Millions of people, locals and tourists alike, visit the island each year. They come to see artists at work, to select from the finest food and goods Vancouver has to offer, to catch a show, or, often, simply to sip a coffee and soak in the island’s colour.

To ensure the continued success of Granville Island, it’s time to plan ahead. It’s time to reinvigorate the island with new energy, to welcome new ideas, and to reinforce Granville Island’s founding vision.

Granville Island 2040 will set out a comprehensive direction and dynamic vision for Granville Island’s future.

To build the plan, we’re gathering the best and brightest ideas by engaging with the public and a wide range of stakeholders.

We’re asking: how do we ensure Granville Island is a vibrant and relevant place in 2040?

What will the plan include?

Granville Island is beloved for its historical character and the public values it represents. The 2040 Plan will respect and preserve the unique Granville Island experience, while also setting out a bold vision for the future.

A few of the opportunities being explored are:

  • Potential land use options, including the future of the Emily Carr University buildings and the potential expansion of the Public Market.
  • The further advancement of arts and cultural activity.
  • The attraction of new creative enterprises to the island.
  • Transportation: how people get to, and move through, the island.

The Process

The 2040 planning process is currently underway and is expected to be complete in early 2017.

The public can contribute ideas and feedback by participating in our events, including our Big Ideas Fair (October 1) and our Public Open House (December 3). The public can also submit feedback via social media using #GI2040.



The Granville 2040 Team

Dr. Michael Stevenson - Special Advisor, CMHC, Granville Island 2040

The Granville Island 2040 process is led by Dr. Michael Stevenson, President Emeritus and Vice-Chancellor of Simon Fraser University. Dr. Stevenson is well known and respected in Vancouver’s business and arts and culture sectors.  He brings extensive knowledge and expertise in the fields of education, arts and culture, and community development and is well positioned to interact with the wider Vancouver community in leading the planning process for Granville Island.

Advisory Board Members

A diverse group of community leaders are helping guide the planning process:

  • Larry Beasley, Principal, Beasley and Associates
  • Douglas Coupland, writer and artist
  • Michael Geller, President, Geller Group
  • Anne Giardini, Chancellor, Simon Fraser University
  • Howard Jang, Professor, Professional Practice and Director, SFU Woodward’s Cultural Unit
  • Am Johal, Director, SFU Vancity Office of Community Engagement
  • Sadhu Johnston, City Manager, City of Vancouver
  • Wendy Grant-John, Senior Aboriginal Advisor, Deloitte
  • Carol Lee, Chair of the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation and the Vancouver Chinatown Revitalization Committee
  • Gloria Loree, Executive Director of Communications and Public Relations, Destination Canada
  • Dale McClanaghan, Chair, Granville Island Trust
  • Yashar Nijati, Founder, thisopenspace
  • Eric Pateman, President & Founder, Edible Canada
  • Robin Petri, Vice-President, Development, Catalyst Community Developments
  • Geoff Plant, Chancellor, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • Gordon Price, Director, The City Program at SFU
  • Jessica Schauteet, President, Granville Island Community and Business Association
  • Maged Senbel, Associate Professor, PhD Program Chair, and Associate Director of UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning
  • Ron Stern, President, Stern Partners
  • Erica Tao, Regional Director General, Department of Canadian Heritage

Technical Consultants

A team of technical consultants are providing expertise in planning and land use; community engagement; arts and culture; economic development; and transportation.

  • Land Use & Planning
  • Management & Governance
  • Arts & Culture
  • Transportation
  • Public Engagement
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Retail
  • Wellbeing & Design