City Making Parking Easier in Downtown Victoria

VICTORIA, BC –This spring and summer the City will make downtown parking easier by rolling out a faster, more convenient pay by space system to all City parkades. The change allows drivers to quickly pay for their parking with the ParkVictoria app or at a pay station, similar to on-street parking. Centennial Square Parkade will be the first to make the transition on May 10, 2021.

The City will also be streamlining parking rates at all pay by space parkades to $2/hour and providing an additional hour of free parking in the morning to make all parkades free from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. each day. Parkade parking will still be free on Sundays and holidays and is 33% cheaper than on-street parking.

“We want people to come downtown and support local businesses, so I’m thrilled we can take this step to make parking a whole lot easier,” said Mayor Lisa Helps. “Being able to use the free ParkVictoria app in City parkades is a game changer for shoppers and visitors looking for quicker, more convenient parking options downtown.”

By using the app, people can get an alert when time is expiring, top-up parking remotely and get a refund for unused time. The changes will also speed up the experience of parkade parking. People will no longer need to collect a ticket upon entry or pay when they exit. To ensure free parking is still available for short-term use, 1-hour free parking spaces will be available on the lower floors near the entrance.

The payment system change follows the success of the Johnson Street parkade pay by space pilot in fall 2020. The City of Victoria operates five downtown parkades which are open 24/7 and offer more than 1,800 parking spaces. There are another 2,000 City-provided on-street parking spots downtown.

For more information on the parkade payment changes and where to get the free ParkVictoria app visit victoria.ca/parkades.