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Salaries

Remuneration for the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Acting Mayor, and Councillors for discharge of the duties of office are paid in accordance with the Mayor and Councillor Remuneration Bylaw No. 11483  (1124 KB).

Salaries are adjusted annually in accordance with the bylaw and the salary is taxable.

2018

Title Salary
Mayor $169,676 (plus an annual supplement of $3,048)
Councillor $83,998 (plus an annual supplement of $3,048)
Acting mayor $1,131 per month served
Deputy Mayor $3,111 per month served
Duty councillor $3,111 per month served

Deferred remuneration

The Mayor and Councillors, including the Deputy Mayor and the Acting Mayor, who serve their full term of office and do not run for re-election or are not re-elected to office, are paid an amount as deferred remuneration for each full term of office served. Deferred remuneration is paid as follows:

  • Equivalent to one week’s salary for each year of office served, based on the salary received during that year of office
  • Prorated for portions of years of office that are served during an election year
  • Equivalent to no more than four weeks salary for a full term of office
  • Included in the final paycheque

Expenses

Eligible expenses incurred by the Mayor and Councillors while carrying out eligible activities must be paid in accordance with the Mayor and Councillor Expenses Bylaw No. 11529  (724 KB). Council expenses consist of five components.

The Mayor’s transportation allowance for each calendar year or portion thereof, permits the use of a motor vehicle for the conduct of city business or $600 per month or portion thereof.

The transportation allowance for each Councillor for each calendar year is 60% of 10% of the Councillor’s remuneration for that calendar year or portion thereof.

Local expenses are eligible expenses if incurred by the Mayor or a Councillor while carrying out eligible activities within Metro Vancouver and include: 

  • Registration and attendance fees for courses, meetings, conventions other than approved eligible activities
  • Admission fees and other costs related to cultural and community events
  • Parking fees
  • Entertainment expenses incurred in a hosting capacity
  • Transportation costs, except for a Councillor who already receives a transportation allowance
  • Membership fees in any organization that contributes to the ability of the Mayor or a Councillor to fulfill their civic duties
  • Educational fees for courses that contribute to the ability of the Mayor or a Councillor to fulfill their civic duties
  • Expenses related to communications and business equipment costs
  • Other similar related expenses

The Mayor is entitled to payment for local expenses incurred in any calendar year to a maximum amount equivalent to 10% of the Mayor’s remuneration for that calendar year. 

Each Councillor is entitled to payment for local expenses incurred in any calendar year, to a maximum amount of the lesser of: 

  • 10% of the Councillor’s remuneration for that calendar year
  • The difference between the Councillor’s remuneration referred to above and the Councillor’s transportation allowance. 

Council approves the attendance by the Mayor and Councillors at each annual convention of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities or the Union of British Columbia Municipalities.

The annual travel and training expense budget enables Council members to attend meetings, events, and conferences outside the Lower Mainland.

Council members must obtain Council approval to attend these events and have the travel expenses covered by this budget.

The Mayor is entitled to payment for discretionary expenses that are incurred in any calendar year subject to a maximum approved by Council as part of the city’s annual budget.

The Mayor’s discretionary expenses are eligible expenses if incurred by the Mayor or by the Mayor’s staff, while carrying out eligible activities and may include: 

  • Registration and attendance fees for courses, meetings, and conventions
  • Those eligible expenses set out in the Corporate Travel Policy of the City of Vancouver
  • Communications expenses
  • Fees for consulting or other contracted services
  • Costs of research and information gathering
  • Costs of community outreach and events

Councillor discretionary expenses are eligible expenses if incurred by one or more Councillors while carrying out constituency activities not otherwise provided for and may include: 

  • Communications expenses
  • Fees for consulting or other contracted services
  • Costs of research and information gathering
  • Costs of community outreach and events

Two or more Councillors may jointly incur Councillor discretionary expenses. A Councillor or Councillors are entitled to payment for discretionary expenses that are incurred in any calendar year subject to a maximum approved by Council as part of the city’s annual budget.

Track Council expenses using Open Data

Datasets are updated quarterly, and available in CSV, XLS, and XML formats.

Financial disclosure statements

The current members of City Council submit annual financial disclosure statements each year on January 15 to comply with the BC Financial Disclosure Act.

To view a copy of an annual financial disclosure statement for a member of City Council, visit their webpage listed below.

Original signed annual financial disclosure statements are available for inspection at City Hall. Phone 3-1-1 for more information.

Contact the City Clerk's Office

Location
3rd Floor, City Hall
453 W 12th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1V4

Fax: 604-873-7419

ccclerk@vancouver.ca

BC Financial Disclosure Act