Captain Vancouver statue

Council priorities

2017 Budget
 (8 MB)

2017 Budget highlights
 (241 KB)

City Council bases its priorities on public consultation and working within budgets with modest tax increases.

Council has five priorities:

  1. Housing, affordability, and homelessness
  2. Safety, inclusion, and creativity
  3. Economic development
  4. Greenest city 
  5. Value for money

 

 

 

 

Housing, affordability, and homelessness

Housing, affordability, and homelessness

As a growing and diverse city, Vancouver faces the need to increase the availability and range of affordable housing choices for all residents; it’s a critical step in building a healthy, resilient and sustainable city.

Housing and Homelessness Strategy, 2012-2021 

In 2011, Vancouver City Council adopted the Housing and Homelessness Strategy, 2012-2021. 

The strategy identifies Vancouver’s growing housing needs, sets specific 10-year targets, and outlines how new housing units can be added through strategic partnerships with senior levels of government, the private sector, and non-profit organizations.

The strategy has three directions: 

  • Increase housing supply and options 
  • Encourage a housing mix that enhances quality of life across all neighbourhoods 
  • Provide strong leadership and support partners to enhance housing stability 

Role of the capital plan

We have earmarked $125 million in the 2015-2018 Capital Plan for affordable housing and put forward 20 housing sites worth $250 million in order to deliver 3,500 affordable housing units in partnership with senior levels of government.

This is the our biggest housing investment to date, with the primary goal of driving affordable housing supply and providing more diverse housing options. 

Over the next few years, we will continue to leverage new affordable housing units geared toward low- and moderate-income households, ranging from supportive and social housing to secured market rental, laneway housing, and secondary suites.

Read More   Close

Safety, inclusion, and social services

Safety, inclusion, and social services

Building safe, inclusive, and creative communities means investing in: 

  • Support for arts and culture 
  • Our commitment to actions recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Our Healthy City Strategy
  • Developing solutions for better mental health and addiction services in Vancouver
  • Support for Vancouver Police Department and Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services
  • The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation Aquatics Strategy
  • Additional parks and open spaces
  • Public realm cleanliness
  • New Vancouver Public Library facilities and programs
  • Becoming a Living Wage Employer

Read More   Close

Economic development

Economic development

Our goal is to create a climate for growth – supporting investment and trade, as well as attracting and retaining talent.

Initiatives to support economic development include:

  • Supporting growth and innovation in sectors such as technology, green and sustainable industries, technical apparel, digital entertainment, and interactive media  
  • Fostering growth by continuing to invest in public infrastructure, such as transit, digital infrastructure, and social and collaborative spaces
  • Becoming a premier destination for film and TV production
  • Hosting the TED conference
  • Continued focus on sport hosting partnerships

 Close

Greenest city

Greenest city

We continue to work towards our goal of becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020.

To achieve this, we will continue to focus on and invest in:

  • The Greenest City Action Plan and Renewable City Strategy as the plans that will help us become the greenest city 
  • The Renewable City Strategy, which commits Vancouver to deriving 100% of its energy from renewable sources before 2050, and intensifying the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low-carbon future
  • Our continuous leadership in climate change
  • Establishing walking and cycling at the top of the transportation hierarchy and setting out a vision to make walking and cycling safe, convenient, and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities
  • The Millennium Line Broadway extension (Broadway Subway)

Read More   Close

Value for money

Value for money

To continue providing increased services for you without significantly increasing taxes, we will continue to transform the way we do business and ensure value-for-money in our investments.

Examples of some of our investments and initiatives are:

  • Embedding the value-for-money concept into the our services by linking budgetary decisions with service plans and performance metrics 
  • Increased use of performance metrics and continuous process improvement throughout our operations
  • Reducing the backlog of permits and permit wait-times by using performance metrics  
  • Enhancing customer service and operational efficiency
  • The Permit and License Transformation Program to bring permit, licensing, and inspection service delivery in line with best practices
  • A new Warehouse Inventory Management Program to streamline and standardize operations across our warehouses

 Close