Urban Centres and FTDA Profiles

Urban Centres and Frequent Transit Development Areas (FTDAs) are transit-oriented communities with diverse populations, a range of employment opportunities, public spaces, and lively cultural and entertainment amenities. They are places that have been identified as good places to direct and accommodate regionally-significant housing and job growth.

Urban Centres and FTDAs are critical concepts in realizing the regional vision as articulated in Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping Our Future. Focusing growth in a network of complete communities linked by transit has been a long standing and successful strategy for regional planning in Metro Vancouver. There are three types of Urban Centres: Metro Centres, Regional City Centres, and Municipal Town Centres. FTDAs are areas along frequent transit corridors that have been identified for transit-oriented growth.

Metro Vancouver’s role is to monitor and report on growth in Urban Centres and FTDAs. This is done by developing data profiles for each Urban Centre and FTDA. Past data profiles can be found here.


    Regional City Centre (RCCs)
   Municipal Town Centre (MTCs)
    Frequent Transit Development Area (FTDAs)


​Regional Growth Targets For Urban Centres and FTDAs

Metro 2040, the regional growth strategy, contains region-wide targets to focus growth into a network of Urban Centres and FTDAs by the year 2041. The objective of these targets is to support the development of complete, compact communities, protect open spaces, and support the efficient provision of infrastructure. These targets are for all Urban Centres combined and all FTDAs combined.

Job Growth Targets
Housing Unit Growth Targets
Urban Centres50%40%
Frequent Transit Development Areas27%28%
All other areas within the Urban Containment Boundary24%32%