Surrounded by water on three sides and nestled alongside the Coast Mountain Range, Vancouver is the largest city in the province of British Columbia with over half a million residents and one of the mildest climates in Canada. Home to spectacular natural scenery and a bustling metropolitan core, Vancouver was Host City to the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. Whether just relaxing in a park or bike riding around the seawall, there is always something to do in Vancouver.
As Canada's third largest metropolitan area, with a population of 600,000 that continues to grow rapidly, Vancouver needs to provide more services to more people. With a charter that prohibits the City from running a deficit, Vancouver relies on careful planning and stewardship of its finances to ensure that it remains one of the world's most livable cities.
Whether it's installing traffic lights, repairing the sewer systems or providing books for the public library, the City of Vancouver is working behind the scenes every day to make sure your city runs smoothly.
Your city provides day-to-day services such as water and waste disposal, and important community services such as parks and recreation programs — it's your yoga class, your dog licence, your street cleaning, and the water that comes from your tap.
Despite its important role, city government is one of the least understood branches of government. We want to hear what you think about your city government and the way we manage the budget, as well as provide some answers about how your tax dollars are used to ensure we continue to be a world-class city.
Source: City of Vancouver