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Key investments

We consulted with residents and businesses and heard back about your most important issues and preferences for City spending. That input was used to identify the following priorities:
  • Increase housing supply and affordability, and improve availability and supports for renters and vulnerable citizens
  • Maintain and improve operations and service levels
  • Invest in public safety
  • Continue to build vibrant communities and public spaces that support arts, culture, and the environment
  • Meet our commitments to provide safe and healthy workplaces and public spaces

How the budget benefits you

Find out in the profiles below how the budget benefits you.

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Read more details about how we are funding services and programs that are important to you in our 2019 Budget Highlights  (546 KB).

Key operating investments for 2019

We regularly realign existing resources and spending levels in response to changes in demand for valued services and to changes in priorities over time. Where necessary, and where informed by feedback from public consultation, we make new investments in emerging priorities.

The 2019 Operating Budget includes $28.4 million in new investments, funded from sources such as property taxes, user fees and utility fees, and internal reprioritization across the organization. These investments are needed both to make progress on the core issues in our city and to ensure the services most valued by our residents and businesses are improved.

Funding for these investments have been partially offset by reprioritization of existing budgets, internal costs savings (without service impacts), and increased revenues. The level of investment reflects the needs of a growing city, including housing supply and affordability, and critical social issues, while maintaining and upgrading key City infrastructure, which include:

  • $3 million to address housing affordability, including:
    • Investments in non-market housing and community facilities
    • Additional resources to review housing applications
    • Support for vulnerable renters facing eviction
    • Funding for on-site, peer-based training for supportive housing residents
    • Funding for the Vancouver Rent Bank
  • $3.1 million for second year of plan to improve permitting and licensing processes to reduce wait times for development permits and improve customer experience
  • $2.9 million to maintain and improve public safety, including the addition of police officers and firefighters
  • $2.1 million to improve street and parks cleaning services, including additional litter receptacles

Despite fixed costs rising faster than inflation, we have been able to reduce the impact of the fixed costs increases and support $27.8 million in new investments in Council and Board priorities through reprioritization of existing budgets, cost efficiencies, and revenue growth. The 2019 Budget includes a property tax increase of 4.5% driven primarily by the following factors:

  • 1% to fund additional investments in infrastructure renewal approved in the 2019-2022 Capital Plan
  • 1.7% to cover increased costs related to the provincial government’s new Employer Health Tax
  • 1.8% to cover inflationary and wage costs of existing services, and new investments to maintain and improve services

Key capital investments for 2019