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Work highlights:

  • Collaborative projects with the City of Burnaby, the City of New Westminster and the Town of Gibsons are in progress, consulting, collecting data and developing pilots for their public hearing notifications and processes

  • RPHI extended its outreach to the community through two MLR Speak of the City events on March 15th and August 3rd, garnering engagement from attendees at the Yaletown-Roundhouse Community Centre and North Vancouver's Pipe Shop

  • The Innovator's Forum on March 30th and 31st, attracted a total engagement count of 80, bringing together diverse stakeholders to deliberate on identifying barriers and enhancing the current public hearing process

  • The Dialogue Associates dinner and dialogue on March 8th witnessed the enthusiastic participation of 35 Dialogue Associates and staff members of the Centre

  • Director, Amina Yasin, participated as a panelist at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Montreal on February 21st

Three Streams of Work:

Project Activities

infographic of project activities, including research, legal review by BC Law Institute, pilots for alternative public hearing models, evaluation, validating recommendations and public education and convening including public facing communications and dialogues


Timeline of project activities from August 2021 to March 2024


Through program partner City Hive and SFU’s Human Geography (GEOG 363) class, the Renovate the Public Hearing Initiative has engaged with young people in British Columbia to gain their insight and input into the public hearing process.


Through City Hive’s three-month cohort program, City Innovators, 20 participants learned about public hearings and explored the challenges of engaging with younger demographics in land-use decisions. In SFU’s Human Geography class, students considered how to better inform and connect with youth on public hearings. The RPHI team will be incorporating the insight gained through youth engagement into our work.


For more details and insights from these youth-focused engagements, read our blog.

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