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Past Regional Work

Here are a few examples of past projects in the Greater Vancouver-Sea to Sky region.

Aquaculture Study

In the fall of 2018, Tides Canada Foundation and Ritchie Foundation approached the Fraser Basin Council to commission an independent analysis of the economic impacts of a land-based salmon aquaculture industry on Vancouver Island, based on Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) technology.

Dr. Edwin Blewett, a resource economist and principal of Counterpoint Consulting Inc. of Vancouver, was contracted by FBC to undertake the analysis, which was informed by several aquaculture experts in industry and government. The report, RAS Atlantic Salmon Industry on Vancouver Island Financial Model & Economic Impact Analysis was forwarded to a consultant undertaking a broader study of aquaculture technologies being led by Fisheries and Oceans Canada in collaboration with the BC Ministry of Agriculture.


Lower Fraser Collaborative Initiative

In 2011 FBC hosted a Lower Fraser Collaborative Initiative to help leaders in the region identify opportunities to secure the long-term sustainability of the lower Fraser River, from Hope to the Salish Sea. FBC brought together all orders of government, along with private and non-profit sector leaders, each with an interest in the river or a responsibility for some aspect of its management. The aim was to assess opportunities to work more collaboratively.

FBC hosted a river tour and two dialogues on issues ranging from diking and flood management, to water use to ecosystem degradation. The project received funding from the BC Living Rivers Trust Fund, Environment Canada and the Real Estate Foundation of BC.


Flood and Debris Management

From its inception, the Fraser Basin Council has supported authorities and other interests in taking an integrated approach to flood hazard management. In this role, FBC oversaw development of a hydraulic model of the Lower Fraser (which led to a new provincial design profile for dike construction), digital floodplain mapping, flood gauge installations, best practices for environmental protection, and a BC Flood Forum for communities to share lessons learned. For a closer look at current and past initiatives in the Lower Mainland, see Flood Management.

FBC also helped oversee and secure funding for the Fraser River Debris Trap to protect Lower Mainland communities from large volumes of woody debris coming downstream. The trap is now overseen by the Province of BC through a funding partnership.


Transportation in the Region

Moving people and goods across the busy, growing Lower Mainland is more complex than ever before. Transportation impacts climate change, air quality, human health, economic productivity and quality of life. Without doubt, it’s a key sustainability issue.

The Fraser Basin Council has helped support steps for sustainable transportation across BC through multiple programs. That includes support for regional transportation and transit initiatives in the Greater Vancouver Sea to Sky region. As an example, the GVSS Regional Manager assisted Translink in an initiative to track and publicly report on sustainability and helped support steps leading to Transport 2040, Translink’s long-range plan for sustainable transportation.


Metro Vancouver Supply Chain Logistics

The Fraser Basin Council, through its BuySmart Network , was pleased to work with Metro Vancouver in an update to its Sustainable Supply Chain Logistics Guide in late 2011. The guide helped businesses work with their clients and suppliers to avoid waste, make better use of resources, and improve financial, environmental and social performance. The guide was designed for manufacturers, wholesale or retail distributors and logistics companies. Metro Vancouver offered the guide as part of its Sustainable Regional Initiative.


City of North Vancouver – Sustainability Review

In 2009 the City of North Vancouver asked the Fraser Basin Council to assess the City’s policies, plans and programs from a sustainability perspective. The aim was to pinpoint gaps and suggest improvements.

Through the work of Smart Planning for Communities facilitator and the GVSS Senior Regional Manager, FBC reviewed key documents, interviewed City staff on their understanding and implementation of the policies, and considered external sustainability indicators. The City was found to have many successes and also opportunities to further integrate sustainability into their work. The project was profiled in a Smart Planning case study, North Vancouver Walks the Talk, and in a final report, Measuring and Communicating Sustainability Progress Within the City of North Vancouver.


Sustainability Snapshot 2010

Sustainability Snapshot 2010: Working Together in the Lower Mainland is an FBC report on key measures of social, economic and environmental health in the Fraser Valley, Metro Vancouver and Squamish-Lillooet. While doing well on many fronts, these communities are also grappling with the pressures of population growth, coupled with high levels of consumption, waste and pollution, and certain social and economic disparities.


Georgia Basin Ecosystem

To support Environment Canada in monitoring the state of health of the Georgia Basin ecosystem, FBC conducted indicators research and a multi-sector survey of professionals and decision-makers for their views. The first survey was completed in 2007, with further research undertaken in 2010.

In the view of survey participants, the greatest impacts on the health of the Georgia Basin ecosystem are human population growth and development, consumption of resources, climate change, waste and pollution, issues related to fragmented governance, transportation, homelessness and food security. Survey participants cited sustainability conflicts and tensions over land use and density, transportation, population growth, the cost of living and homelessness. Also high on the list were solid and liquid waste management, air quality and food security and supply.

Many participants said that they were measuring sustainability in their own work, but were not necessarily collecting the appropriate data and information on Georgia Basin ecosystem health. To take action on priority concerns, participants recommended adaptive governance, leadership and clearer roles and responsibilities.


SMES Sustainability Survey

Small and medium-sized enterprises (dubbed SMES) — those businesses with fewer than 50 employees — are a critical part of the BC economy. As of 2008, there were about 350,000 SMES, contributing 30% of the provincial GDP and 58% of private sector jobs.

In partnership with VanCity Savings Credit Union, FBC oversaw a survey on the sustainability practices of small and medium-sized business in the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Southern Vancouver Island.

There were 331 respondents to the survey, and most reported some sustainability initiatives underway. Their efforts included waste reduction (92.5%), ethical purchasing (61%), GHG and energy reductions (51%) and water conservation (40%). Social initiatives included charitable contributions and employee volunteerism (45%). The survey allowed businesses to self-select, so it’s not clear how representative the findings were of SMES as a whole. It was clear, however, that there are many strong sustainability champions in this sector.


About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in British Columbia.

Where We Work

We are grateful to live and work on the unceded ancestral territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

Strategic Priorities

At the Fraser Basin Council, our strategic priorities are to take action on climate change, support healthy watersheds and water resources, and build sustainable and resilient communities.

With our partners, we work on a range of collaborative, multi-sector initiatives, such as those focused on flood management, community wildfire planning, air quality improvement, energy-efficient buildings, green transportation (including the uptake of electric vehicles and expansion of charging infrastructure), watershed planning and youth-driven climate action projects.

FBC Program Sites

Plug in BC:


ReTooling for Climate Change:

FBC Youth:

Climate Action Toolkit: 

Salmon-Safe BC

Realizing UNDRIP Initiative

Contact Us

FBC staff work from our Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George offices, and from several other locations.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff or contact our administration office:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350