Current advocates for democratic spaces in Vancouver range from major event organizers, to the BC Civil Liberties Association and of course, the Vancouver Public Space Network.
The City of Vancouver has made the enabling and creation of public spaces a priority, though much work is to be done to find larger spaces for public gatherings. Significantly, the Pride parade, along with the Chinese New Year and Vaisakhi parades were granted civic status by the City of Vancouver in 2013.
As advocates, the VPSN meet with local elected officials, City staff and planners to preserve and create public space. Due to space constraints in the Downtown core, and the multi-use nature of such spaces, our advocacy for democratic spaces is strongly integrated into our advocacy for public space in general.