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Open Data catalogue

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

Our Open Data catalogue provides free and open access to over 145 City datasets and we add new datasets regularly.

Open data is anonymized (not personally identifiable), free, and available to everyone in one or more open and accessible formats.

When you download datasets, you agree to the licences in the tab below.

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Improved crime data and zoning data package

December 1, 2016 – Updated crime dataset to include time information (day, hour, and minute) based on findings of police investigations, except for the crime type "offences against a person".

Improved zoning data package dataset with much better label displays in DWG format.

Improved Council budget and spending transparency data

October 17, 2016 – The inclusion of office budgets and new reporting style are based on the Council-approved motion of Proactive Quarterly Release of Mayor's Office Expenses on May 3, 2016, and enactment of Bylaws 11483 and 11529 in mid-2016. Data is available in CSV, XLS, and XML formats.

Updated Council expenses data and improved drinking fountains data

July 12, 2016 – Updated Council expenses quarter one data to include discretionary budget and expenses. Councillors’ discretionary budget was approved under the motion of February 24, 2016.  The reporting format has been updated to reflect this change. Data is available in CSV, XLS, and XML formats.

Improved drinking fountains data to include more attributes. Data is available in CSV, XLS, DWG, SHP, KML, and JSON formats.

Orthophotos 2015 and additional employee remuneration and expenses data

June 30, 2016 - Added orthophotos for 2015 and they are in our highest resolution quality to date (7.5 cm). 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 employee remuneration and expenses (earning over $75,000/year) dataset to include data since year 2008.

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.

Previous updates

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

CSV/XLS

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

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

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

GeoJSON

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

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

KML

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

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

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.

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