Community Amenity Contributions

Children painting at Hillcrest Community Centre opening

Community Amenity Contributions (CACs) are in-kind or cash contributions provided by property developers when City Council grants development rights through rezoning.

The demand on City facilities increases with rezonings, because of new residents and employees in the area. To lessen the impact on the community CACs address this increased demand by adding and expanding City facilities.

CACs help the City build and expand facilities like:

  • Park space
  • Libraries
  • Childcare facilities
  • Community centres
  • Transportation services
  • Cultural facilities
  • Neighbourhood houses

CAC policy areas and map

There are two types of CAC policy areas in Vancouver:

  1. The citywide CAC area applies to most of the city. For all rezonings in the Citywide CAC area, the CAC is determined through a negotiated approach. 
  2. Specific CAC policy areas apply to locations with their own CAC and/or public benefit policies. For all rezonings in the area-specific CAC policies, the CAC is determined through a CAC target and/or negotiated approach.

Map of CAC policy areas

For more on CAC policies, read Community Amenity Contributions through rezonings  (1.1 MB).

For more on the negotiated approach, read our brochure Rezonings and CACs - negotiating for a more liveable city  (927 KB).

Annual reports and related documents

Annual reports on Community Amenity Contributions and density bonusing

To learn more about cash and in-kind amenities secured through new development, see the annual reports on amenities secured through community amenity contributions and density bonusing.

CAC Policy and Housing Affordability: Review for the City of Vancouver

In 2014, a consultant report by Coriolis Consulting was commissioned to explore the potential impact of community amenity contributions on housing affordability.

CAC target inflationary rate adjustments

The annual reports detail annual inflationary adjustments to all CAC rates. The adjustments are based on property and construction inflation with the purpose to maintain our ability to provide necessary growth-related amenities.

If you would like historical reports, email Finance.Growth@vancouver.ca.

Compare Development Cost Levies and Community Amenity Contributions

DCLs vs CACs

View a comparison chart of Development Cost Levies and Community Amenity Contributions.

Funding cultural spaces

In the past 25 years, CACs have helped fund over ten arts and culture facilities, such as the Orpheum renovation, Vancouver International Film Centre, and the Contemporary Art Gallery. 

How we create cultural spaces