Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy Approved


Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy, entitled Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping Our Future, is meant to guide the region’s growth, development and health for the next 30 years.

Satellite image of Metro Vancouver.
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Potential Significance

The strategy sets out land-use designations throughout the region, including an urban containment area, industrial and agricultural land, transportation nodes and park and conservation areas and aims to make each municipality self-sustaining in terms of housing, employment, transportation and recreation. Its five goals are: create a compact urban area, support a sustainable economy; protect the environment and respond to climate-change impacts, develop complete communities and support sustainable transportation choices.


  • Metro Vancouver comprises 21 municipalities as well as the Tsawwassen First Nation and Electoral Area A, which includes the University of B.C. and various unincorporated areas.
  • Metro Vancouver 2040 represents the collective vision for how our region is going to accommodate the 1 million people and over 500,000 jobs that are expected to come to the region in the next 25 years.
  • The growth strategy  was unanimously adopted in 2011 by all 21 municipalities, TransLink and adjacent regional districts. It contains strategies to advance five goals related to urban development, the regional economy, the environment and climate change, housing and community amenities, and integrating land use and transportation. The strategy replaces the 1996 Livable Region strategic plan.


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