Not for Profit - Who We Are - YVR

How YVR is Run

YVR is a community-based, financially independent, not-for-profit organization. Our unique operating model eliminates the need for shareholders and allows us to reinvest all profits towards improving YVR and the community.

How we support our community

Creating Jobs and an Economic Engine

YVR isn’t just an airport. Our unique, community-based operating model has helped us grow into a powerful connecting hub and economic contributor—one that supports thousands of jobs, connects local companies with customers around the world and welcomes millions of visitors to our province every year.

Investing in our Extended Community

We support people and organizations truly making a difference at our airport and in our communities. We invest over $1 million every year in groups like Ocean Wise, Pacific Assistance Dogs, and the Canucks Autism Network.

A Strong Partnership with the Musqueam

Our historic, 30-year agreement with the Musqueam Indian Band is possible thanks to our unique operating model. By working with Musqueam, we’re building a sustainable and mutually beneficial future for the airport and our communities.

Canada Line Investment

Thanks to our unique operating model, we were able to invest $300 million to help make the Canada Line a reality for Metro Vancouver. The Canada Line sees nearly 50-million boardings every year and more than one-in-five YVR passengers gets to or from the airport using the service. This is helping better connect communities and protect the environment by keeping more cars off the road.

How we improve our airport

Striving for Experience & Innovation

Our unique, not-for-profit, operating model drives us to invest in innovation, developing new made-in-BC technologies to make your airport experience even better. From automated kiosks to cut down on wait-times to faster baggage systems, how YVR is managed means a better airport experience for you.

Reaching New Destinations

Thanks to our unique approach, YVR can focus on better connecting BC to the world—45% more passengers, 11 new airlines, and 40 new routes added over the past decade is proof that our community-based operating model is working.

Multi-year Airport Expansion Plan

YVR’s community-based, financially independent operating model drives us to constantly improve your airport. The multi-year expansion project currently underway will help YVR meet growing passenger demand and better connect British Columbians and local businesses to the world, while also improving the airport experience for everyone.

Creating an Accessible Experience

YVR is committed to being accessible to all of our passengers. Our unique operating structure has driven us to create a more inclusive and welcoming airport experience for everyone.

Voted Best Airport 10 Years Running

We constantly reinvest our success back into your airport and the result is worldwide recognition, with YVR having received the Skytrax award for Best Airport in North America for a record 10-years in a row.

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