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Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge with gratitude that this work takes place on the traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.


DVBIA stands for Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association. 
It’s a mouthful, so we go by Downtown Van.

We’re a non-profit organization that represents 7,000 business and property owners in the central 90-block area of Vancouver’s downtown core. Supporting them, and making downtown Vancouver a place where everyone feels welcome, drives us. 


Strategic Plan 2023-2028

Downtown Van’s new strategic plan was carefully and collaboratively created with the help of our members. Over the course of six months, Downtown Van held five stakeholder engagement sessions that allowed us to hear from individuals representing 42 downtown organizations. We also received invaluable input from over 300 members via an online survey.


Downtown Vancouver is the regional heart of culture and commerce, delivering an incomparable urban experience that is inclusive, safe and inspiring.


Downtown Van delivers a diverse, dynamic, and economically strong community by providing leadership and fostering collaboration among its members.

Strategic Priorities
  1. Create a Safer Downtown
  2. Provide Reasons for People to Come Downtown
  3. Elevate the Downtown Economy + Reduce Barriers to Doing Business
  4. Strengthen Engagement with Our Members + Stakeholders
  5. Champion a Thriving Granville Street

Our team members are experts in economic development, community safety, placemaking and events. They’re passionate about making Downtown Vancouver a destination like no other. They’re also pretty photogenic. 

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Work Where Opportunity Meets Community

We’re making Downtown Vancouver a place everyone wants to be, and the same goes for our team. Join us and bring positive change to your community on a daily basis. You know, like it’s your job.

All current job postings are listed below and updated regularly. 

Current opportunities


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Membership Has Its Perks

There are a lot of reasons to become a Downtown Van member. Here are just a few.

  • Connect with your fellow Downtown Van colleagues through Libations, social gatherings, roundtable talks, lunch and learns, and other member-exclusive events!

  • Whether you’re in need of social media support, power washing, or assistance from our Safety Ambassadors, we’re here to help.

  • Unlike other membership programs, ours is totally free! All you need to do is sign up. No strings attached.

Eligibility requirements

Class 5 or 6 businesses within the DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER catchment are eligible for membership.

Home-based businesses, businesses that fall outside of our catchment, or people whose companies do not contribute to our levy (such as individuals or businesses working in shared office spaces*, food trucks, street vendors or buskers) are not eligible for membership.

*Some exceptions may apply


Start your (totally free) membership now to access business and community-focused workshops, resources, lunch and learns and more. That’s right. Free lunch.

Contact Us

For general inquiries, please contact

For media inquiries, please contact Sofia Laratta, Marketing and Communications Lead at

For filming permit inquiries, please contact Jennifer Lai, HR and Administrative Assistant at

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