North Vancouver is one of Canada's most active, healthy, and creative communities and its residents value a healthy lifestyle achieved through recreation and culture. This is evidenced by the more than three million visits to community recreation facilities each year, a strong public art program and thriving arts and cultural organizations, programs and events.
In 2014, the City and District of North Vancouver consolidated the Office of Cultural Affairs and North Vancouver Recreation Commission into the new North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission (NVRC). The consolidation brought together municipal cultural expertise under one organization to enhance arts and cultural programming and services in North Vancouver and achieve improvements and efficiencies in service delivery. The bylaws to establish the consolidation and change the name of the Commission were adopted by the City and District Councils on June 23, 2014.
NVRC’s role on behalf of the City and District of North Vancouver includes the provision of recreation and arts programs, the administration of public art and grants programs, community events and the operation of Centennial Theatre.