It’s the next step to preserve and revitalize Vancouver’s shrinking Chinatown.
At the Chinese Cultural Centre on Monday morning, Premier John Horgan and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson signed a Memorandum of Understanding to coordinate a bid to have Chinatown designated as a world UNESCO heritage site.
As well, the province is working to establish a Chinese-Canadian museum.
Early research is complete and public consultations are next.
The neighbourhood is already a National Heritage Site, but in recent years, community advocates have argued gentrification is changing it, pushing out local businesses and seniors.