In 2009, the Mayor’s Task Force on Graffiti formed a Mural subcommittee to develop a long term vision for the mural program in Burnaby, where interested parties could submit requests to create murals in Burnaby. Todd Polich (founder of Earth Foundation and a long-time Burnaby resident) painted the first murals. They were aimed to educate the public about endangered species in North America.
Various communities in Burnaby drew inspiration to improve their own mural programs. In the Burnaby Heights area, where murals existed long before the Task Force’s initiatives, murals are viewed as a form of street beautification. With help from the Burnaby Heights Merchants Association, a bi-annual mural program was inaugurated. This has resulted in the creation of more than a dozen murals to enhance the local character and physical environment of the Heights.
Other notable community programs include the Edmonds Mural Committee and the activities of KINA (Kingsway Imperial Neighbourhood Association), a non-profit society.