Building our Community

UBC is an extraordinary place because of the diversity of people that study, teach, work, and live in our community. We believe that it takes quality programming, partnerships, and capacity building to leverage the unique assets of our community members to nurture a vibrant campus that promotes wellbeing for all.

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS

CHILD CARE EXPANSION PLAN

Last year UBC updated the Vancouver campus Child Care Expansion Plan (CCEP). The updated plan enables UBC to deliver on child care policy commitments and addresses long-range institutional and neighbourhood child care needs. The CCEP targets an increase of 398 new child care spaces by 2041 within our academic and neighbourhood lands, resulting in a total of over 1,200 spaces at UBC Vancouver.

To support this goal, UBC’s Campus + Community Planning Department, in partnership with the University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) and the YMCA are proceeding with construction of the Wesbrook Child Care Centre, a 49-space child care centre at the Wesbrook Community Centre. The centre will be operated by the YMCA and is expected to open in 2020.

COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING WITH OVER 40 PARTNERS

UBC introduced three new exciting events to the campus community this year including: Car Free Morning, which transformed a school street into a familyfriendly festival; Kids Takeover UBC, which gave kids adult-sized roles in a fun-filled arts festival; and Pride Picnic, an outdoor party to celebrate diversity, inclusion and positive space at UBC.

In addition, UBC funded and supported the new AMS Bike Co-op’s Kids Bike Library, the UTown@UBC Baby Senior Sing-Along, and the Acadia Park Family Resource Fair.

SEEDS PROJECTS FOSTER INCLUSION, VIBRANCY, AND SAFETY ON CAMPUS

The SEEDS Sustainability Program partnered with faculties and departments across campus on a series of projects that contributed to community building, campus vibrancy, fostering greater inclusion and enhancing safety on our campus.

Highlights included:

  • A collaboration between the School of Community and Regional Planning and UBC’s Campus + Community Planning Department gathered experiences from over 300 cyclists and pedestrians to inform new wayfinding signage across campus.
  • The founders of the Agronomy garden in collaboration with other students partnered with SEEDS and the Faculty of Land and Food Systems on projects to develop a signage strategy and a 2018 expansion plan.