About CANY


The Community Association of New Yaletown is a non-profit, non-partisan community-based organization that represents the interests of residents, businesses, and property owners in the mixed-income downtown Vancouver neighbourhood of New Yaletown. Our aim is to enhance the quality of life, the character and the livability of our neighbourhood, and to build connections within our community. We accomplish this through community engagement and by working to ensure that changes to our neighbourhood are aligned with our community's interests.


New Yaletown is a distinct neighbourhood, separate from and adjacent to Yaletown. As defined by the City of Vancouver, New Yaletown is bounded north-south by Pacific Blvd. and Smithe St., and east-west by Hamilton St. and Seymour St. The mixed-income neighbourhood is home to residents of condos, rental apartments and social housing, as well as to local businesses. Emery Barnes Park, a jewel at the heart of New Yaletown, is the downtown area’s only non-waterfront park.

New Yaletown Map


Emery Barnes Park is under attack. A mega-tower is about to be built right on this block!

The park, situated at the centre of New Yaletown, serves as the hub of our community. The city-owned land at the northeast corner of the park is currently the site of Jubilee House social housing. The City had plans and budget in place to convert this land to extend the park to occupy the entire block.

Now a developer’s plans for a 36 storey mega-tower have been approved by the city, in violation of several of the city’s own bylaws.

The approved development, if built, will be the densest residential building in the city. The tower massively exceeds neighbourhood plan bylaws:

  • over 4.5 times as tall as allowed in the Downtown Official Development Plan,
  • over 5.5 times as dense, and
  • twice as close to the sidewalks and lanes as is required by law.

The tower was approved via a series of process violations against City bylaws, and in disregard of overwhelming neighbourhood opposition.

The Community Association of New Yaletown is fighting for our park. Please help!


New Yaletown is a member and proud supporter of the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods.

The mission of the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods is to restore and strengthen the primary role of neighbourhood-based planning in shaping land use and development in the City of Vancouver. Neighbourhood-based planning founded on meaningful community involvement in decision making is essential to Vancouver’s future as a livable city of neighbourhoods.