This summer we met with senior officials at the District of West Vancouver. Like all communities, it suffers from a pinch in municipal revenues, which are not able to keep up with inflation, causing program and project cutbacks. The District has established a Partnership Program to help sustain the qualities of the community that the District values and wishes to see survive well into the future. The intention is to maintain and enhance the quality of lifestyle by working with like-minded partners and create economic, social, and environmentally sound opportunities for business in the community. For instance, the “Spirit Trail” currently under way will create a walking and biking trail across the North Shore to Horseshoe Bay and will cost $10M. Various amenities at the future Community Centre seek funding to bring them to fruition. Smaller projects like park enhancements are welcome. Project proposals can be brought forward and sponsored by groups in the community. The District may be able to leverage such contributions to receive matching amounts from higher levels of government. The targeted donations can be made to a trust through the West Vancouver Foundation to guarantee the intent of the gift.

Districts can issue tax receipts for contributions, just like other charitable organizations. They also are set up to receive donations-in-kind, eg donated securities.

The District has opened a street-front office in Ambleside to launch its new Partnership program with a higher profile. There will also be a website to follow the kinds of projects presently seeking funding on the wish list. West Van residents can contact Christine Monaghan, Manager—Partnership Development, 604-880-8922.

This can tie into the Tequila Manouevre that we wrote about in the Fall issue, involving property tax deferment, community donations and donations-in-kind:

Article originally published: Nov 2007