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Capital planning: Building the city of today... and tomorrow

The City offers many basic services that you use on a regular basis. Some services you use every day, such as water from your faucet. Others you hope never to use but are glad they are available, like Fire and Rescue Services.

All City services require buildings and other infrastructure to support them. Capital planning includes maintaining and renewing existing infrastructure, as well as making investments for new infrastructure. 

Our capital planning framework has a longer-term component and a mid-term component. Longer-term capital planning looks out at least 10 years into the future and guides the City’s mid-term component: the four-year capital plan.

Your feedback on investing in our city’s future

Throughout April and June, we asked for public feedback on the 2019-2022 Capital Plan through online and telephone surveys, focus groups, and face-to-face opportunities across the city.

We heard from you that your top priorities were transportation, affordable housing, community facilities and childcare. 

The 2019-2022 Capital Plan was approved by Council on July 25, 2018.

Read the full 2019-2022 Capital Plan PDF file (6.6 MB).

On the 2018 election ballot, you can vote on whether or not you're in favour of Council borrowing $300 million for a portion of the 2019-2022 Capital Plan. Read all of the plebiscite questions.

Capital planning timeline

  • April 2018

    Public engagement: Share your priorities for longer-term capital planning

  • June 5, 2018

    Draft 2019-2022 Capital Plan presented to City Council

  • June 2018

    Public engagement: Input on the draft plan

  • July 2018

    Final Capital Plan presented to City Council

  • We are here
  • October 2018

    Public referendum to approve capital plan borrowing

Sustaining financial health while advancing City priorities

We are building the city of tomorrow by advancing the City's long-term priorities, so that Vancouver remains one of the best places in the world to live:

  • Prosperity: Sustaining a thriving, diverse economy
  • Environment: Protecting and enhancing Vancouver's natural resources 
  • People: Ensuring affordable and sustainable housing for our growing population, and a safe, inclusive, and creative community

To successfully build the city of today and tomorrow, we must sustain financial health by:

  • Providing good value for property taxes and user fees, while meeting the priority needs of the community over the long term.
  • Maintaining a long track record of good fiscal management
  • Developing strategic partnerships

Take a closer look at how we build Vancouver's budget

How we build the budget

Find out the steps we follow to ensure we develop a budget that reflects what the City, Council, and community value.

How we fund the budget

Learn how we fund the annual capital and operating budgets, including where your tax dollars go, and what you get in return.

Learn about the capital plan from previous years

2015-2018 Capital Plan