The Vancouver Charter

The City of Vancouver, including the Vancouver Park Board, is regulated under the Vancouver Charter, a provincial statute.

The Charter contains the rules that govern how the City operates, what bylaws City Council can create, and how budgets are set.

Under the Charter, City Council has the authority to pass bylaws to regulate such things as noise and land use, buy and sell property, collect certain taxes, approve expenditures, take on debt, give grants, and hire and discharge employees.

Other provincial legislation, such as the BC Police Act, determine the responsibilities of other City boards and commissions. 


The Vancouver Charter

Provincial statute, passed in 1953, incorporates the City of Vancouver, BC, Canada. This legislation supersedes the Vancouver Incorporation Act and grants the City different powers than other communities have under Local Government Act.