HAYS 2.0 Vision Statement



Hays 2.0 is a future-oriented vision for the City of Prince Rupert that builds upon the ambitious vision of a global port metropolis developed by Charles Hays in the early 1900s. A century after his tragic death on the Titanic, Hays’ hope for Prince Rupert to be a world class port city is beginning to be realized.

Hays 2.0 aims to capture what Prince Rupertites care so deeply about: promoting economic resilience, protecting our natural  environment, and working together to enhance our collective quality of life. The City of Prince Rupert’s Hays 2.0 vision is about inclusivity, diversity, First Nations partnerships, and our goal to be a sustainable, resilient and thriving community for the next 100 years.

Undertaking this vision is no small task. It will require optimism and patience, but in equal measure, hard work, determination, and cooperation.

Let’s work to get there, together. 


Download the Hays 2.0 PDF here




Hays’ Vision 100 Years Ago

In 1910, Charles Hays founded Prince Rupert because of our location as the closest strategic point to Asia by sea. Hays worked to bring the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway from the East to Prince Rupert, with a plan to make our City the metropolitan center of British Columbia and northwestern terminus for the North  American rail system. In 1912, Hays went to England to raise additional funds, bringing with him plans to build a hotel that would rival Victoria’s Empress. However, with the loss of Hays in the sinking of the Titanic, much of his vision stalled.

Though not everyone will find him a compelling  figure, the story of Charles Hays is imprinted throughout Prince Rupert—with statues bearing his image, and the high school and adjacent mountain taking his name. Our reference to Hays’ vision is about acknowledging our history, while the ‘2.0’  is about moving on from those embedded  stories and refocusing our direction towards new, unexplored horizons.

Hays’ plans are often associated with ‘what could have been’.  Now is the time for the City of Prince Rupert to refocus on ‘what can be’.


See below for a 2018 Presentation of the City's Blueprint for achieving the Hays 2.0 Vision:


Becoming a Global Community

To empower this bold vision of a resilient and thriving community, the City of Prince Rupert is soliciting investment that will generate revenues, create employment, and also align with our focus on building a sustainable future. (read more...)

Sustainable City 2030

Recognizing the realities of climate change as we move into the 21st Century, the demand to move towards renewable energy sources such as wind, tidal and solar are all part of a diversified economy. (read more...)

Re:Build Rupert

Re:Build Rupert is City Council’s plan to complete critical infrastructure renewal projects including securing the municipal water supply while setting aside funds towards infrastructure maintenance and improvements. (read more...)

Re:Design Rupert

The City’s goal with the Redesign program is to use information collected during public engagements to develop community-driven public priorities and policies relating to land use, recreation and socioeconomic development. (read more...)