Council priorities

Council's priorities for the 2021 budget

City Council approved minor updates to the priorities for 2021 in July 2020. These updated priorities will guide staff in developing the 2021 budget.

Deliver quality core services
that meet residents' needs

Address affordability
and the housing crisis

Protect and build
a resilient local economy 

Increase focus
on equity and
critical social issues

Accelerate action
on climate change

We will be flexible and quickly adjust within each priority to best support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Primary priority: Council and staff share the same primary priority: to maintain and improve the core services that meet your needs every day.
  • Additional priorities: The four additional priorities help us make decisions about which projects, initiatives, and service improvements we should focus most on.

Summary of priorities for the 2020 budget

Council approved five priorities in July 2019 to help guide staff in developing the 2020 budget. Public feedback also reinforced these priorities in our annual budget survey.

While developing departmental service plans and budgets for 2020, we worked to align our efforts — both in terms of existing projects and ongoing work, as well as new initiatives — to these priorities.

Review how the major initiatives for 2020 align to the priorities and how they are funded:

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    A. 100.1 billion litres   l   B. 112.6 billion litres   l   C. 115.5 billion litres

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  • How many kilometres of sidewalk are there in Vancouver?

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    A. 2,100 kilometres   l  B. 2,200 kilometres   l   C. 2,300 kilometres

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  • Answer: 12,000 new homes

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    A. 21  l   B. 22  l  C. 23

  • Answer: 21 libraries

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    A. 120 facilities  l  B. 135 facilities  l  C. 150 facilities

  • Answer: 150 facilities

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