The City of Vancouver is actively checking for dog licenses these days -- especially in dog-friendly parks and beaches. Fines for an unlicensed dog range from $150-$350. A license for a neutered or spayed dog is only $35 per year and $65 for an intact dog.
When you buy your license, your information will automatically be entered into the City of Vancouver's Emergency Pet Registry. This service will give you a better chance of your pet being rescued and you being reunited with your dog. All things considered, it makes that token licensing fee seem like a pretty good deal! You can read about that as well as the other services provided by Vancouver’s Animal Control division here.