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.

2022 Budget

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.

2022 Budget

Current and past year budgets

View the budget for the current and past years

Approval process

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.

2021 Budget

2020 Budget

2020 Budget (original, pre-COVID-19)

2019 Budget


The District was awarded the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting for its 2020 Annual Report. This award is given to governments that publish an Annual Report that goes beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles and demonstrates an effort to clearly communicate the municipal government’s financial picture, enhance an understanding of financial reporting by municipal governments, and addresses user needs.

The District has received the award every year since 2005.


For more information, please contact Financial Services.