Canada Lands Company and the MST Partnership have come together in a joint venture as the owners of the Jericho Lands, a 52 acre property located in the West Point Grey neighbourhood of Vancouver. The MST Partnership comprises the Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation. Canada Lands Company is a self-financing, commercial federal Crown corporation with a mandate to reintegrate former Government of Canada properties into the local community.
The MST Partnership (composed of the Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation), along with Canada Lands Company, are the joint venture partners responsible for the Jericho Lands (East). The MST Partnership and Canada Lands Company entered into a historic partnership in 2014 establishing an equal ownership interest in the lands. 100 per cent of the site is collectively held by the joint venture partners.
This is a unique partnership and a historic milestone for Canada Lands and the three Nations' communities. Working in a collaborative manner, the MST Partnership and Canada Lands Company are looking forward to developing the Jericho Lands to support shared goals and objectives.
In 2016, the MST Partnership acquired the adjacent Jericho Lands West property from the Government of BC. It is approximately 39 acres in size with a private school and a recreation facility leased to third party operators.
Growing the strength of Canada's First Nations in the Metro Vancouver region demonstrates a commitment to a process of reconciliation. The lands will accordingly be developed in order to bring economic and social benefits to the Nations' members, local communities and the country as a whole. The partners aim to be inclusive and collaborative, spearheading a new relationship model for the rest of Canada between the federal government, Canadians and First Nations.
Canada Lands strives to benefit local communities by creating innovative neighbourhoods that are walkable, mixed use and environmentally sustainable in both design and construction. Informed by its comprehensive public engagement process, Canada Lands delivers projects that integrate and complement the regions in which they grow, prioritizing liveability, the environment and historical commemoration.
The Jericho Lands property, formerly owned by the Department of National Defense, is approximately 52 acres (21 hectares) and located in the West Point Grey neighbourhood of Vancouver. The property is bounded on the north by West 4th Avenue, Highbury Street to the east, 8th Avenue to the south. This property was acquired by Canada Lands and the MST Partnership on September 30, 2014.
It is anticipated that the east and west Jericho Lands, totaling 90 acres, will be planned in one collaborative and comprehensive process. We understand that the community is eager to hear and engage with us about the future of the sites, and we are committed to providing opportunities for the community to get involved.
Anticipated to begin in 2017, an extensive multi-phase, multi-year engagement process will provide local communities and the general public a forum to discuss ideas and views about the future of these lands.
The City of Vancouver has a number of planning policies that will inform the redevelopment of these lands, including and not limited to:
• Healthy City Strategy Action Plan (2016)
• Rainwater Management Plan and Green Infrastructure Strategy (2016)
• Renewable City Strategy (2015)
• Rezoning Policy for Sustainable Large Developments (2013)
• Vancouver Neighbourhood Energy Strategy and Energy Centre Guidelines (2012)
• Transportation 2040 Plan (2012)
• Priority Action Plan from the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing Affordability (2012)
• Greenest City Action Plan (2011)
• Vancouver’s Housing and Homeless Strategy 2012-21 (2011)
• Green Buildings Policy for Rezonings (2010)
• West Point Grey Community Vision (2010)