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Airport Noise and the Community

Citizens Advisory Task Force
The City of Richmond created the Richmond Airport Noise Citizens Advisory Task Force in April 2008 recognition that there may be opportunities to improve the current process for addressing public concerns related to airport and aircraft noise generated by operations at Vancouver International Airport.

The Task Force will advise Council by providing a City forum for the discussion, consideration and generation of possible solutions to aeronautical noise and aircraft flight path issues affecting the City of Richmond. 

The Task Force held two public meetings in January and February 2009 to hear the concerns of residents.  An on-line comment form was also available.  Based on the feedback, the Task Force developed recommendations to address the identified concerns.

The draft recommendations were presented for public feedback at an open house held in October 2009. An on-line comment form was also available. Giving consideration to the feedback, the Task Force report was then finalized and presented to the General Purposes Committee in January 2010.

Committee members referred the report to City staff for further information on the effects of a ban on all night-time flights and differential fees for flights operating at night as well as possible structures for a permanent City advisory committee on aeronautical noise.

PDF Document Summary List of Task Force Recommendations
Minutes of General Purposes Committee - January 18, 2010
(Final Report - Scroll to Item 4)

Staff anticipate reporting back on this referral in May 2010.

Airport Authority Noise Management Program
The Vancouver International Airport Authority manages noise concerns through a comprehensive noise management program. The following initiatives are in place to make sure neighbouring communities are safe and enjoyable places to live:

  • Published noise reduction procedures
  • An airport noise monitoring and flight tracking system
  • A complaint management and response log
  • A special YVR Aeronautical Noise Management Committee
Complaint Management and Response
To voice your concerns, call the YVR Noise Line at 604-207-7097, e-mail, or use the “Contact Us” tool on their website:

The YVR Noise Line operates 24 hours a day. A complainant can leave a message or speak to an operations centre representative. Each message or call is logged into a database and tracked by number. If the complaint needs more examination, it will be investigated by YVR’s Community and Environmental Affairs Department, who will call the complainant back the following business day.

YVR Aeronautical Noise Management Committee
This committee meets quarterly to discuss noise management issues, while also providing recommendations on noise management practices.

The YVR Aeronautical Noise Management Committee consists of a different cross-section of groups: citizen representatives from Richmond, Vancouver, and Delta; all levels of government; the Musqueam Indian Band; the airlines; industry associations; Nav Canada (air traffic control); and different departments of the Airport Authority.  For more information see