Each year the municipality must create a budget that pays for the services provided by the District of West Vancouver, including police, fire & rescue, bylaw enforcement, parks, community centres, the library, festivals and cultural programs, and much more. The budget must also fund the capital expenses, including, for example, public facilities and roadwork. Only the services most needed by our residents are maintained and improved where necessary.
Like any household or business, the municipality is challenged with increased costs when developing the annual budget. Unlike households or businesses, local governments must balance the budget and is not permitted to run a deficit.
Also, each year, all non-taxation sources of funding are reviewed for further opportunities before resorting to taxation. In 2021, a complete budget review was undertaken to ensure that all revenue and expenditure items were realistic and required.
Each year, the public has the opportunity to provide comments and feedback on the preliminary budget, through information sessions and on this website. Visit the project page to learn more.
Current and past year budgets
Every year, the District proposes a budget and collects community feedback prior to Council consideration and approval.
View the links below to learn more about each year's budget process on westvancouverITE, the District's online engagement platform.
The 2021–2025 Five-Year Financial Plan was awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting and satisfying nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. This is the 10th consecutive year that the District has received the award.