City Profile
Victoria
Victoria

British Columbia
Population: 92041

  • With about 10 community gardens per 100,000 people, Victoria has nearly double the median.
  • At 44%, Victoria is above average in percentage of parkland that is under special policy protection for sensitive ecosystems.
  • Victoria is one of 63% of cities with a citywide park system master plan updated within the last 10 years.
  • A new 1.2-hectare waterfront park is being developed at Laurel Point, thanks in part to a transfer of land from the federal government.
  • Victoria is promoting citizen stewardship of its urban forest by aiming to plant 5,000 trees in 2020 as part of the UN Trees in Cities Challenge.
  • To enhance food security during the COVID-19 pandemic, Victoria assigned parks staff to grow up to 75,000 food plants to be distributed to residents in need.
Data 2020

2.3

ha parkland per 1000 people

209 ha total parkland

44%

of total parkland is natural area

91 total ha

44%

of parkland is environmentally significant/protected

91 total ha

11%

of total city land is parkland

1947 ha of total city area

13

Dog parks

9

Community gardens/urban farms

400 m

Parkland provision goal (distance to park)

9

community park groups

No

Policy to waive permit fees for groups with financial need?

Various grants available

Community grant program

$115

Parks operating budget per person

$10,543,532 total

$4,480,000

Total parks capital budget

$92,000

Total philanthropy/sponsorships

Yes

Provincially legislated tools available for parkland development

5% of development site or cash-in-lieu

¹Source: 2018 Capital Regional District.

Victoria is making a new investment of $858,000 annually to expedite implementation of the Urban Forest Master Plan.

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