November 18: Planned Outage of Websites and Online Services for Maintenance

Posted November 17, 2018

On Sunday, Nov 18 from 2:00 AM to 11:00 AM, the City's websites and online services will be intermittently unavailable while system maintenance is performed. We thank you for your patience.

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Intercultural Policies and Initiatives

In embracing diversity, the City is guided by the civic Equity Policy and Multicultural Policy. The implementation of these policies is supported by the City Language Bank, a volunteer group of City staff who provide interpretation services in a wide range of languages, as required.

As well, Burnaby has implemented the Safe Harbour program in all City facilities. The City was awarded the Canadian Safe Harbour Champion Award in 2009 from the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies (AMSSA) for these efforts. Burnaby is also a member of the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination.


The City is a founding member of the award-winning Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table (BIPT), which works to share resources, identify service gaps and  support new immigrant and refugees in Burnaby, including work on inter-faith bridging. One key resource provided by the Table is the BIPT Inventory of Community Resources. Another helpful resource is the BC Refugee Hub.