Citizen Budget History

For the past five years, nearly 8,000 Vancouver residents and business owners have participated in Citizen Budget surveys, greatly adding to the public debate about civic spending priorities.


City Budget2010: Think City's fourth annual Citizen Budget survey showed a majority of 2,158 citizens support maintaining civic services, and were willing to accept a modest tax increase of three to five percent. City council chose to balance its 2010 budget by making more than $19 million in cuts, impacting services in almost every city department, however, city hall did protect funding for arts programs, environmental initiatives, and civic grants to daycare centres.

  • Click here for a complete summary of the 2010 Citizen Budget survey or click here to view Think City's presentation to city council.

2009: The third annual Citizen Budget survey of 1,813 Vancouver residents show that the majority of citizens oppose Mayor Gregor Robertson's continued support of the previous NPA council's plan to shift a greater share of the tax base from commercial taxpayers to residential homeowners. Citizens did not support tax increases beyond three per cent, a level that would require the city to make targeted cuts in some areas.

  • Click here for a complete summary of the 2009 Citizen Budget survey.

Shift2008:  Think City held its second annual Citizen Budget project and surveyed 1,648 citizens through its web site or in-person. Despite Think City and City of Vancouver survey results that showed that a majority of citizens supported expanding or maintaining civic services, city hall implemented cuts to the parks board and made no substantive expansion of funding for libraries, civic grants, cultural services and other city departments.

  • Click here for a complete summary of the 2008 Citizen Budget survey.
2007:  The majority of 336 citizens who completed Think City's first annual Citizen Budget survey wanted Vancouver city council to maintain and expand city services. In addition, citizens want council to tackle the low- and middle-income housing crisis, the chronically under-performing public transit system and the growth of homelessness and poverty in Vancouver.
  • Click here for a complete summary of the 2007 Citizen Budget survey.