Parking Downtown

Downtown offers over 200+ parking facilities from outdoor surface parking, to open-air parkades, to heated parkades and underground parking facilities. With more than 53,000 off-street commercial parking spaces and 5,000-6,000 on-street, short-term parking spaces downtown, parking is easily accessible to everyone going almost anywhere in the downtown core.

On-street rates and hours increased April 1, 2010 and can be pricey for more than a quick errand. Some parkades offer better rates than others during the day so do a bit of homework before you head downtown to get the best deals. During evenings (6pm and later) and weekends, parking rates are affordable with most downtown lots offering flat rates of around $4.

Check out the links below to make finding a parking spot downtown even easier.

EasyPark (www.easyparkvancouver.com) – do an ‘easysearch’ of downtown
Impark (www.impark.com) – do a map search of downtown.

Download the downtown parking map.  

Don’t Get Robbed
Unfortunately, Vancouver has a high rate of theft from autos. It’s not pretty, but it’s true. Don’t leave anything of value, or anything that looks remotely valuable in your car. If thieves believe there is nothing to steal from your car, they’ll move on. Consider yourself forewarned. Check out these tips to help avoid being a victim.

Comparison of Parking Rates
See the Colliers International North American Central Business District parking rates survey highlights (2010).     


Tax grab puts Vancouver at Top of Parking Taxes in North America 

In a move that can only be described as uncaring and a total disregard for the concerns of the business community in the throes of a slow economic recovery, TransLink's Board of Directors and the Mayors' Council approved tripling the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) on the purchase price of parking. The B.C. Ministry of Finance sent out a notice to commercial property owners and parking operators in Metro Vancouver in early December 2009 informing them of this increase that came into effect January 1, 2010.

With the introduction of the HST on July 1, 2010, this 21% PST will not fade away like the current 7% PST. Add the 12% HST to the tab. Total taxes for parking will add up to 35.5%. A five-fold increase from what you are paying now and the highest in North America - claiming that spot from Pittsburgh!

Ever since TransLink's inception in 1999, the DVBIA has been strongly opposed to TransLink's legislative ability to increase the tax you pay on paid parking. This is because it it unfairly targets downtown, universities and hospitals that charge for a commodity rather than give it away as is done elsewhere in Metro Vancouver, such as at shopping malls and industrial parks. Moreover, TransLink’s own data shows that travel within Metro Vancouver is no longer solely to downtown, but rather across the region. The increased parking tax creates a further disincentive for people and businesses to come downtown. 

The DVBIA has suggested on many occasions that the tax be axed since it generates less than two percent of TransLink's total revenues. And, it reverses the tax shift away from businesses that the City of Vancouver has been undertaking over the last few years. 

Read more at: http://www.driveoutthetax.com/

Then contact the Chair of Translink Dale Parker, Mayor Robertson, and the Hon.Colin Hansen Finance Minister to voice your concern.

Feel free to contact Charles Gauthier, Executive Director of the DVBIA, for more information about the growing opposition to this unfair and outrageous tax grab and discover how you can get involved.

Dale Parker, Chair ,TransLink       (604)453-4500 or board@translink.ca

Mayor Gregor Robertson              (604)873-7621 or gregor.robertson@vancouver.ca

Hon. Colin Hansen                       (604) 664-0748 or colin.hansen.mla@leg.bc.ca


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