Open Data Catalogue

Council budget and expenses data

Data custodian

City Clerks Department, Mayor’s Office and Accounting Operations Department

Data currency comments

The extract on this website is updated quarterly.

Data set description

The City is committed to an open and transparent government. Consistent with this commitment, Council has posted its office budgets and the expenses that each member has incurred while conducting business on behalf of the City.

Office of the Mayor budget:

  • Consists of 3 budgets as set out in bylaws 11483 and 11529 – Local Expenses, Discretionary Expenses and Auto Allowance
  • Excludes City administration costs

Office of the Councillors budget:

  • Consists of 3 budgets as set out in bylaws 11483 and 11529 – Local Expenses, Discretionary Expenses and Travel and Training Expenses
  • Excludes City administration costs

Council expenses consist of the following components:

  • An annual local expense budget provided to individual Council members to cover expenses incurred in the Lower Mainland while representing the City of Vancouver. Each Council member is responsible for ensuring that they do not exceed their annual budget.
  • Discretionary expenses are costs incurred by Council members while carrying out constituency activities. Each Council member is responsible for ensuring that they do not exceed their annual budget.
  • Travel and Training Expenses: Include costs incurred by Councillors attending meetings, events, and conferences as set out in by-law 11529 and the travel expenses are covered by the Travel and Training budget.
  • Mayor’s Auto Allowance: Is a monthly payment when the Mayor opted to receive a transportation allowance.

Note: With the enactment of By-laws No. 11483 and No. 11529 in mid-2016 and in response to the Council approved motion of Proactive Quarterly Release of Mayor's Office Expenses on May 3, 2016, a budget review was completed which resulted in a new reporting style of Mayor and Council expenses and inclusion of office budgets.

Data accuracy comments

Some expenses may not reconcile within the same reporting period.

Attributes

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Coordinate system

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Data set details

  1. City Council Annual Budget and Expenses
    (Detailed and Summary - starting Year 2010)
  2. City Council Annual Budget and Expenses
    (Summary - Year 2002 - 2009)

Note

Dollar amounts are in Canadian dollars and before tax.