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The Open Data Catalogue makes the City of Vancouver's vast amount of data publicly available online.

The Open Data catalogue provides free and open access to over 145 City datasets. New datasets are added on a continual basis.

Open and accessible data

Open and accessible data is defined as non-personally identifiable data that is made freely available to everyone in one or more open and accessible formats.

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Employee remuneration and expenses (over $75,000/year)

June 22, 2016 - Added dataset on the remuneration and expenses of staff in excess of $75,000 for 2013-2015. Data is available in XLS and CSV formats and includes name, title and dept.

Public washrooms data

May 3, 2016 - Added dataset on the locations and attributes of public washrooms that are on city streets and in public parks. Data is available in CSV, XLS, and KML formats.

Council voting record

April 11, 2016 - We are excited to add individual Council member vote records for Regular Council, Special Council, Standing Committee, and Public Hearing meeting types. In 2016, City Council began using an electronic voting system. Through this system, a unique vote number is assigned to each agenda item voted on. This vote number is referenced in the corresponding meeting minutes. We will add the most recent vote records to the data set within two business days of publishing the meeting minutes. Data is available in CSV and XLS formats.

New and improved crime data

December 8, 2015 – Improved crime data to include more crime types with weekly data refresh cycle. Data provided is based upon information contained in the VPD Records Management System. All coordinates data in this dataset must be considered offset. Users should not interpret any locations as related to a specific person or specific property. Please review the data description page and the contained legal disclaimer before using the data. Data is available in XLS, CSV, JSON, and SHP formats.

Orthophotos 2013 and improved awarded contracts data

December 1, 2015 – Added orthophotos for 2013 and they are in our highest resolution quality to date (7.5 cm). Orthophotos from 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011 are also available in high quality 10 cm pixel resolution. Coverage includes the City, UBC, the University Endowment Lands, parts of Richmond, and the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). All data is available in ECW and MrSID formats.

Updated and improved awarded contracts data to include all data since year 2012 in one data file per file format. Data is available in XLS and CSV formats.

Historical business licences and 2015 cultural spaces

October 29, 2015 – In addition to publishing business licence data for the current year, we have added all business licences that were recorded since 1997. This data was extracted between October 19 to 20 and will remain static, except for the immediate past two years which will be updated monthly. Business licences in the current year will continue to be refreshed daily. All data is available in XML, XLS, CSV, and JSON formats.

Added 2015 cultural spaces data from the arts and cultural community survey result, organized by Cultural Services. This dataset is updated annually and is available in XLS and CSV formats.

Wayfinding map stands and improved election results data descriptions

September 23, 2015 – Added pedestrian-oriented wayfinding map stands data set.

Improved data descriptions for 2014 election and added data description for all election years prior to 2014.

Digital elevation model 2013

August 19, 2015 – Added a digital elevation model of the city generated from 2013 LiDAR data in 1-meter resolution.

Building footprints 2009 and improved food vendors data

August 11, 2015 – Added generalized building footprints of the city generated from 2009 LiDAR data.

Improved food vendors data set with more attributes, data descriptions and data formats

LiDAR 2013

June 4, 2015 – Added LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) 2013 data in LAS format. Data products include "bare earth" ground surface and of the upper most surface defined by vegetation cover, buildings, and other structures.

Goad's Fire Insurance Map 1912 (georectified) and improved heritage property data

May 21, 2015 – Added digitized Goad’s fire insurance maps that show the location, building materials and footprint of buildings; the original water line where it differs from the 1912 shoreline; some proposed developments; electoral wards; legal land descriptions; lot sizes; street and lane widths; and old street names that had been recently changed. Georectification was performed in December 2014 and imagery files are available in ECW and TIFF formats.

Improved heritage property data set with more attributes, data descriptions, and data formats.

Property tax data from 2006

March 2, 2015 – We enhanced the property tax dataset with data from 2006 to 2013. The data was extracted on January 31, 2015 and included all tax-roll revisions up to that date. We started capturing year-end data at the end of 2014 as a new annual process. Current year data is refreshed weekly but data published for previous years remains static.

2014 Vancouver municipal election results dataset

November 19, 2014 – Added the official results for the 2014 municipal election.

Changes to voting division boundaries and voting places datasets

September 15, 2014 – Changed the voting division boundaries dataset to static because Vancouver voters can now vote at any voting place in the city, eliminating the need for voting divisions. Also updated and improved voting places dataset.

Improved property tax report dataset

September 3, 2014 – Improved data and descriptions of the property tax report dataset with two new data fields.

Water (fire) hydrants

August 26, 2014 – Added dataset on locations and attributes of water (fire) hydrants in the city. Data is available in CSV, XLS, DWG, KML, and SHP formats.

Cultural spaces

June 3, 2014 – Added dataset on locations and attributes of cultural spaces. Data is available in CSV and XLS formats.

City Council meeting minutes – archival data

April 14, 2014 – Added City Council meeting minutes and reports for all of the meetings held in the 1970s. Data is available in text (TXT) format and will be refreshed as optical character recognition (OCR) errors are corrected.

Improved data for Council contact information and food asset dataset

February 21, 2014 – Improved City Council contact information dataset with nine additional data fields.

Updated and added coordinates data to community garden and fruit tree dataset.

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Data formats

Datasets are made available in one or more formats depending on the type and context of the data.


This is a basic text format that can be opened by many applications including Excel and other spreadsheet applications.

 Excel may not display content in CSV correctly.


DWG is a "de facto GIS standard" format native to Autodesk design and GIS software. It can be consumed by a wide variety of Autodesk and non-Autodesk software packages.


ECW is a format used for geo-referenced raster images that is highly compressed.


GeoJSON is a lightweight text-based open standard designed for human-readable data interchange. GeoJSON is a version of JSON that focuses on geographically-based data.


JSON is a lightweight text-based open standard designed for human-readable data interchange.


KML is a mark-up language developed by Keyhole Inc. and subsequently acquired by Google to display data in Google Maps, Google Earth and similar applications. KML is an Open Geospatial Consortium standard.


MrSID (pronounced "Mister SID") is a format used for geo-referenced raster images that is highly compressed. The MrSID version of the facetized orthophotos are only about 5% of the size of their GeoTiff versions.


SHP (pronounced "shape") is a "de facto GIS standard" format native to ESRI GIS software. It can be consumed by a wide variety of ESRI and non-ESRI software packages.

Web feed

A web feed (or news feed) is a data format used for providing users with frequently updated content. Content distributors syndicate a web feed, thereby allowing users to subscribe to it. 

 Note: DWG, SHP, TIF, Mr. SID and ECW formats are projected in UTM zone10, NAD83 (CSRS). KML and CSV/XLS formats are projected in latitude, longitude (WGS84); this is relevant for CSV/XLS files only if they contain latitude and longitude.

Why are there two licences? 

On September 24, 2013, the City adopted the Open Government Licence – Vancouver. This licence is based on version 2.0 of the Open Government Licence – British Columbia, which was adapted from the Open Government Licence – Canada.

The Open Government Licence – Canada was developed through public consultation and collaborative efforts. As a result, this licence states terms for accessing and using government data that are consistent with those applied by several other Canadian government bodies. This consistency makes it easier for users to combine, integrate, and share data from multiple sources across Canada.

Before adopting this new licence, the City used the Archived Open Data Licence.

What licence applies?

Depending on when data was obtained from this website, a specific licence applies.

For data sets obtained:

  • On or after September 24, 2013, refer to the Open Government Licence – Vancouver
  • Before September 24, 2013, refer to the Archived Open Data Licence

Open Government Licence – Vancouver

Archived Open Data Licence

How to link directly to this tab

To reference the licences on this tab for when you use datasets, use the vanity URL vancouver.ca/open-government-licence.

Open and accessible data

In May of 2009, Vancouver City Council passed a motion referred to as Open3 declaring that the City of Vancouver will endorse the principles of open and accessible data and will freely share with citizens, business, and other jurisdictions the greatest amount of data possible while respecting privacy and security concerns.

The data that people want

The City’s response to this motion involved an initial assessment of what data could and should be made available in the short-term. We identified data that was of most interest to the community and that had already been vetted through many of the legal, business, and technical processes required to make information publicly available. This turned out to be much of the spatial data that we currently publish through VanMap, which is our public mapping portal.

Publishing data

We then launched the Open Data website in September 2009 and have been adding new data to it since then.

In May of 2010, we developed a longer term plan for open data. The plan outlined short and long terms goals, including the publication of certain datasets, engagement with users of open data, and moving open data from project phase to an operational program.

City wins 2011 Most Innovative Organization in BC Award

BC Business recognized the City of Vancouver as the Most Innovative Organization in BC in 2011 for its open data initiative.

"... Our experts were unanimous in their view that the city’s open-data initiative – which aims to make the city’s vast trove of data publicly available online – is a true breakthrough."

First annual Open Data Hackathon

On February 23, 2013, we held an Open Data Hackathon to encourage citizens to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations, and publish analyses using open public data.

Learn more about the success of this annual event:

Improve access to government data

In September 2013, the City adopted the Canadian Open Government Licence (OGL). It gives users consistent terms for accessing and using government data, making it easier to combine, integrate, and share data from multiple providers across Canada. This is a major step towards encouraging wider use of open data and delivering more value to the public. Vancouver joins the Government of Canada, Provinces of BC, Alberta, and Ontario, and the cities of Nanaimo, Edmonton, and Toronto in adopting the OGL.

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Open Data Framework

The Cities of Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Toronto (G4 Canada) have joined forces on an Open Data Framework.

Our goals are to enhance current open data initiatives, data standards, and terms of use.

Connect with the local Open Data community

2014 Vancouver municipal election results datasetChanges to voting division boundaries and voting places datasetImproved property tax report datasetWater fire hydrantsShare your views on Open DataCultural spaces open datasetCity Council meeting minutes - archival dataImproved Council information and food asset datasetsImproved data for road construction activity and projects3-1-1 case location details dataGreenest City projects dataCommunity food assets datasets3-1-1 case and interaction volume data2011 orthophotosAwarded contracts for goods and services2001 - 2011 Census local area profilesOpen Data Hackathon 2013 survey resultsCouncil expenses 2012 - Quarter 4 data16 spatial datasets3-1-1 Contact Centre statistical dataAnimal Control inventory datasetBike racksCouncil expenses 2011 - Quarter 3 dataCouncil expenses 2011 - Quarter 4 dataCouncil expenses 2012 - Quarter 1 dataCouncil expenses 2012 - Quarter 2 dataCouncil expenses 2012 - Quarter 3 dataCrimeElection 2011 voting division boundaries and voting places2011 municipal election resultsRental standards - current issuesVancouver street treesWeekend playfield status