Upcoming Event

Vancouver Chinatown BIA AGM 2019

This year our Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 6:00PM at Floata Restaurant (400-180 Keefer Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 4E9).

Take this opportunity to review the work that we do, give us your opinion on what we should focus on in the future. The AGM is also a great opportunity to meet your neighbours and learn about issues that affect business and property owners throughout Chinatown.

We will also be electing new members for our Board of Directors, as some of the current Directors’ 2-year term will end.

Check-in will begin at 5:30 pm and the meeting will start at 6:00 pm, as soon as everyone is signed in.


Voting Requirements

To be eligible to vote at the AGM you must 1) own Class "5" (light industry) or Class "6" (business) property, or 2) hold a valid City of Vancouver business license and lease or rent a Class "5" or Class "6" property within the VCBIA boundary. A copy of business license and valid lease or tenancy agreement may be requested for verification.

You must also complete the AGM Registration Form and Membership Application (included) and return it to the VCBIA office at 106 Keefer Street on or before 12:00 noon Tuesday, September 10, 2019 with $5 membership fee paid (cash or certified check accepted only).  There is no voting by Proxy

Director positions are available in the next fiscal year and we invite business owners and property owners to participate. Nomination forms may be obtained from the VCBIA office.


Questions? Please contact email us at vcbia@vancouver-chinatown.com or phone 604-632-3808.


Past Event

Vancouver Chinatown Festival - August 10, 2019

This August, the Vancouver Chinatown BIA Society will once again host the always anticipated Vancouver Chinatown Festival in our neighborhood (Columbia & Keefer Street).

We expect over 50,000 participants will converge on the streets of Columbia and Keefer in historic Chinatown to experience one of Vancouver's largest multicultural summer celebrations. Festival activities includes a Day Market, Chinatown Walking Tour, Kids Corner, Multicultural Stage Performances, Cultural Corner, Martial Arts Theme related activities, and an evening Streetfest block party!

To discuss Sponsorship & partnership opportunities, please contact:
Vincent Chik

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Volunteer opportunities: 

Please click Here or download and complete the Volunteer Registration Form


Our Story

One of the Largest Chinatowns in the World

One of Vancouver’s few distinct cultural historic neighbourhoods, Chinatown has a universal appeal to locals, tourists, as well as a growing number of  emerging chefs, artists, and small business entrepreneurs. The distinct character of buildings are preserved by a heritage designation with murals and window art telling the stories of early Chinese pioneers.

Between 1886-1920, the first wave of Chinese immigrants settled around Carrall Street and Dupont (now Pender) Street. By 1890, the area was home to more than 1,000 Chinese residents. One of the earliest community institutions evolved around the creation of the first of three Chinese opera theatres, the first built in 1890s. In a parallel setting, Canton Alley and Shanghai Alley were named in 1904 with Canton Alley serving as a a point of convergence for trade, political, and cultural activities which fostered the growth and expansion of Chinatown.

Today’s Chinatown is a destination neighbourhood attracting people from across British Columbia and also international tourists. With numerous new attractions and activities nearby, Chinatown is the  most complete area with its growing number of renowned restaurants and boutique retail for every budget while honouring the memory of early settlers of our community.


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In Chinatown, you'll find the old and new in perfect harmony: everything you love about traditional Chinese culture and modern new establishments that excites you.