Rain City Strategy documents and policies

As part of our green rainwater infrastructure planning process, we have developed the Rain City Strategy. The strategy reimagines and transforms how we manage rainwater with the goals of improving water quality, resilience, and livability through creating healthy urban ecosystems.

The strategy will implement sustainable rainwater management across the city with a goal of using rainwater as a resource rather than a waste product.

Green rainwater infrastructure has been proven to be a significant cost-saving investment.


Capture and clean 90% of rainwater in the city

Performance standard

Capture and clean rainwater from a minimum of 48 mm per day.

Vancouver rainfall

The Rain City Strategy will bring us into compliance with Metro Vancouver and Ministry of Environment requirements, and will guide how we manage and use rainwater in Vancouver.

Our goal is to capture and treat 90% of the rainwater that falls in Vancouver using a combination of green rainwater infrastructure and conventional pipe systems.

Find out what happens to the rainwater (88 KB)


Rain City Strategy (21 MB)


Background documents


Management plans


Green Infrastructure typical details and templates

The files below were developed to be revised and customized for individual projects by design professionals. The customized content should be included on construction drawings. For questions related to the content or use of these files, contact green.infrastructure@vancouver.ca.

Download DWG files as compressed .zip folders

Green Infrastructure typical details and templates