As British Columbia's gateway airport, we serve our community by providing important connectivity between British Columbia and the rest of the world.
Locally, we engage British Columbians through a number of programs building knowledge and a sense of pride in their airport. We participate in community activities and festivals and work alongside our community partners to build strong connections and encourage growth.
As a community-based organization, we know that connecting with our communities – our neighbours, our employees and our business partners – is key to the Airport Authority’s continued success. We have a number of initiatives that contribute to the community and offer opportunities for participation and engagement.
Flight Path Park
Quest Food Exchange
- YVR has partnered with Quest Food Exchange program as the official transporation sponsor to make a significant impact in people lives, offering affordable, healthy foods for those facing barriers to basic needs.
- The airport community works together to raise money and collect foods in support of Quest.
- For example in summer 2012, 516 kg of pennies were collected by more than 50 businesses and stakeholders at YVR at the Final Boarding Call for the Penny at YVR.
- In November 2012, 165 hampers were created with donated food items and enough funds raised to cover an additional 200 hampers.
- Overall, more than $80,000 has been donated to Quest by the Airport Authority and its business partners.
Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
- 250 volunteers collected 853 kg of garbage at the Airport Authority's kick-off clean-up event at Iona Beach on Sea Island
YVR Wheelchair Experience Tours
- A new partnership with Spinal Cord Injury B.C in 2012
- Sponsored the development of a series of nine of how-to travel videos, each focusing on a different aspect of the airport experience.
YVR Banner Program
- Vancouver Airport Authority sponsored a contest to select artwork for the hundreds of street banners gracing YVR’s curbs, ramps and parking areas.
- 14 artists submitted 18 pieces of art celebrating the Northwest Coast First Nations art tradition and the theme of flight.
- As part of our public consultation activities, each year we undertake a community survey, conducted and compiled by an external consultant.
- Overall impressions of YVR were positive, with approximately 79% of Metro Vancouver residents giving the airport a rating of 4 out of 5 or higher.