City of Victoria's Budget Simulator

The City of Victoria invites you to use the budget simulator to help you understand the budget process. This educational exercise allows you experience the types of decisions City Council and staff face when developing and approving the budget each year.

Like any business or household, the needs and wants within a municipality are often greater than what the municipality and community can afford at one time. Each year as part of the budget process, choices must be made. The City’s budget looks to adapt to change and balance competing priorities while continuing to provide the high-quality services our citizens have come to expect.

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Learn more about Victoria’s 2018-2022 Draft Financial Plan

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Victoria Police Department Learn more

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Police

The Victoria Police Department was established in 1858 and is the oldest Police department west of the Great Lakes. VicPD police officers, civilian staff and volunteers proudly serve the public trust through engagement, prevention and enforcement. Through community mobilization, intelligence-led policing, communication and being our best, the men and women of VicPD work hard every day to foster healthy communities through partnerships, accountability and service excellence.

*The annual Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing has been applied to the Police Budget from General Government

Did you know...
Not only did the Victoria Police Department manage over 58,000 calls for service in 2016, they managed a myriad of social disorder issues, responded to thousands of calls involving citizens with mental health challenges and proactively reached out to connect with tens of thousands of residents through their community engagement and social media efforts.

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Victoria Fire Department Learn more

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Fire department

The Victoria Fire Department’s goal is to ensure our citizens are safe, people are educated on fire safety and to provide a highly-skilled professional fire service that is ready to respond when required. Our Fire Department provides emergency responses to fires, medical emergencies, motor vehicle accidents, hazardous material incidents, harbour response and emergency management. Their specialized and technical response for rescues in challenging environments involves construction sites, tower cranes, slopes, ravines and interior and exterior buildings.

In addition Victoria’s Fire Department provides extensive education and training programs and also conducts fire inspections of commercial and multi-family residential and high-rise buildings. The City’s Emergency Management program is also run through the department.

Did you know...
Not only did the Victoria Fire Department attend over 7,600 calls for service and respond to over 10,000 telephone inquiries, the Department provided life safety education to over 9,100 people in 2016.

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Engineering and Public Works Learn more

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Public works

The Engineering and Public Works Department is responsible for managing nearly $2 billion in built assets and infrastructure, including roads, bridges, sidewalks, street lights and underground pipes. This essential infrastructure delivers key services to the public, including water distribution, garbage collection, wastewater collection, transportation and street cleaning.

Did you know...
The City of Victoria has 47.85 km of marked bike lanes, 222 marked crosswalks and 453 km of sidewalks in addition to about 100 km of major roads and 178 km of local roads to maintain.

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Sustainable Planning and Community Development Learn more

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Community development

Sustainable Planning and Community Development is key to supporting quality development and economic health of the city. The department is committed to the “triple bottom line” approach – balancing economic prosperity, social development and environmental sustainability in order to address Victoria’s future.

The department has a broad range of policy, regulatory and program responsibilities including community and city-wide land use planning, urban design, heritage and planning applications. Their assistance includes zoning, development and variance permits, demographic and other planning information services as well as inspection services.

Did you know...
The City of Victoria issued 3,537 permits with a construction value of $300 million in 2016

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Arts, Culture and Events Learn more

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Arts and culture

The City of Victoria coordinates and leads efforts to improve and enhance the social, recreation, economic and cultural health of our community, and works to create a city that is vibrant and people centered. The Arts, Culture and Events supports, facilitates and coordinates arts and culture initiatives within our City including free events, concerts and programs in Centennial Square and Cameron Bandshell, literary events, Canada Day celebrations, the Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate programs, public art and maintenance, First Nations Artist Forum, annual Butler Book Prize and Film Commission liaison.

The City also provides for Festival Investment Grants designed to provide support to organizations producing festivals and celebrations that will deliver significant economic impact, vitality and vibrancy within the city, particularly in the downtown core.

Did you know...
The City of Victoria organized over 160 free events and concerts held at Centennial Square and Beacon Hill Park and about 70,000 people attended the Canada Day Celebrations in 2017 to mark Canada’s 150th celebration.

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Bylaw Services Learn more

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Bylaw services

Bylaw Services is responsible for bylaw enforcement, including use of parks and other spaces, property conditions, graffiti, excessive noise, business licensing, use of pesticides, construction, electrical and plumbing safety and tree protection.

The goal of Bylaw Services is to achieve voluntary compliance through education and information and to work with residents to resolve neighbourhood concerns. The role of Bylaw Services is serving people and often supporting or acting in cooperation with other agencies and city departments.

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Bylaw Services responded to about 4,850 calls for service in 2016, ranging from concerns of abandon properties to zoning violations and everything in between.

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Parking Services Learn more

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Parking services

The City of Victoria operates five parkades, three surface parking lots, and oversees nearly 2,000 on-street parking spaces downtown. The City is committed to improving customer service, making parking easier, and supporting the vitality of downtown Victoria. To this end we have implemented several parking improvements such as free parking on Sundays and holidays, free evening parking Monday to Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m., introduction of the Safewalk service, and electric vehicle charging and bike parking offered in the City parkades. For on-street parking you can pay by using your iPhone, iPad, Android smart phone or tablet by downloading the free ParkVictoria App.

Parking Services generates revenues for the City and helps offset the burden on taxpayers.

Did you know...
That over 1.4 million vehicles parked in City Parkades in 2016, taking advantage of the first hour free and over 15% of on-street parking transactions were paid by the ParkVictoria mobile App.

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Parks, Recreation and Facilities Learn more

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Parks and recreation

The City provides diverse opportunities for recreation and sports to enrich the quality of life for all Victorians. Amenities include parks and open spaces, natural outdoor recreation areas like playgrounds, sport courts, sport fields, dog-off leash areas, pathways, urban forests and a cemetery. The City also provides recreation services such aquatics, fitness, general health and sports programs for people of all ages to ensure the health and wellness of the community.

This area also oversees the maintenance of the City’s inventory of approximately 100 buildings and parking lots including Community Centres, Greater Victoria Library branches, Police Headquarters, Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre and Royal Athletic Park. All these services contribute to community health and create a safe and vibrant community for all.

Did you know...
The hanging basket program was only supposed to run for one year in 1937… 80 years later the program is still “hanging around” downtown with over 1300 baskets on the streets in 2016. In 2016, City instructors taught over 1,800 children to swim and nearly 16,000 people participated in aqua and fitness classes at the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre.

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Greater Victoria Public Library Learn more

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Library

The City is one of ten member municipalities in the Greater Victoria Public Library system. Each member municipality pays a share of the library's operating costs using a formula that is based on each municipality's converted assessed property values and population. In addition, the City pays the majority of the facility costs of the downtown library facility since this is the main branch for the City. The City will be paying for the lease, operating and one-time capital costs for the new library branch in James Bay. All other municipalities pay facility costs associated with any branch within their municipalities.

The two branches located in the City of Victoria are the Central downtown branch located at 753 Broughton Street and opening in 2018, the new library branch in James Bay located in the Capital park development at the corner of Superior and Menzies Streets.

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Funding Sources for Capital Construction Learn more

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Capital construction

A portion of your tax dollars is attached each year to replacing and adding key infrastructure. This might include replacing underground pipes, adding protected bike lanes, crosswalks and sidewalks as well as repairs to seawalls, roads and buildings such as community centres.

The City’s municipal infrastructure is vital in sustaining the economic, environmental, social and cultural life of our community. The quality of life enjoyed by our citizens is directly related to the condition of the infrastructure. The goal of the City is to ensure the resources are available to build and maintain infrastructure assets to provide services to the community.

Did you know...
Approximately 89% of the streets have sidewalks on one or both sides. On average, our concrete sidewalks have a life expectancy of about 50 years. Also we have approximately 331 kms of watermains, 236 kms of sanitary sewers and 259 kms of stormwater pipes.

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