City Profile

British Columbia
Population: 646,700¹

  • Vancouver is one of 28% of cities with a biodiversity strategy.
  • Vancouver reported the most park groups at 111 groups.
  • Vancouver had the second highest number of volunteers relative to population at nearly 9 volunteers per thousand people.
  • The Park Board is piloting “no-mow areas” in 18 city parks to support pollinator habitats in a creative response to reduced operational capacities due to COVID-19.
  • Alcohol consumption may soon be permitted in 22 Vancouver parks, after the park board approved a new plan in summer 2020.
  • A new mural project called Blanketing the City is coming to Vancouver’s Cathedral Square. Featuring the work of Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam artists, the project involves “the first large-scale public art collaboration between weaving artists.”
2021 Data


ha parkland per 1000 people

1343 ha of total parkland


of total parkland is natural area

473 total ha


of total city land is parkland

11,497 ha of total city area


dog parks


Community gardens/urban farms

1.1 ha / 1,000

Parkland provision goal (distance to park / ha per 1000 people)


volunteers / 1000 people

5,618 total


community park groups


Policy to waive permit fees for groups with financial need.


Parks operating budget per person

$51,200,000 total


Total parks capital budget


Total philanthropy/sponsorships


Provincially legislated tools available for parkland dedication, acquisition and/or development

Vancouver is governed by the Vancouver Charter, which provides the city the ability to collect for parkland costs through Community Amenity Contributions (in-kind or cash contributions granted to the city by a developer as part of a rezoning process) or Development Cost Levies, which are based on development square footage.

¹2016 data *The city does not have the power to create ESAs, however there are 1413 ha of biodiversity zones and 129 ha of no-mow areas within the city.

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