About Us

Metro Vancouver is a partnership of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. Its core services are drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. Metro Vancouver also regulates air quality, plans for urban growth, manages a regional parks system and provides affordable housing. The regional district is governed by a Board of Directors of elected officials from each local authority.

Municipalities and Population
Metro Vancouver Municipalities and Population

In collaboration with our members, Metro Vancouver has three broad roles.

Deliver Core Services

Provide core utility services (water, sewerage and drainage, and solid waste management) to members. Provide regional parks and affordable housing directly to residents.

Plan for the Future

Carry out planning and regulatory responsibilities related to the three utilities as well as air quality, regional growth, and regional parks. At the board level, develop and implement strategies related to issues of regional interest.

Political Forum

Serve as the main political forum for discussion of significant community issues at the regional level.

Governance Structure

Metro Vancouver is a political body and corporate entity operating under provincial legislation as a ‘regional district’ and ‘greater boards’ that deliver regional services, policy and political leadership on behalf of 23 members.

Four separate corporate entities, each with a different set of members, operate as Metro Vancouver:

 

  • Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD)
    • Anmore
    • Belcarra
    • Bowen Island
    • Burnaby
    • Coquitlam
    • Delta
    • Electoral Area A
    • Langley City
    • Langley Township
    • Lions Bay
    • Maple Ridge
    • Abbotsford* park purposes only
    • New Westminster
    • North Vancouver City
    • North Vancouver District
    • Pitt Meadows
    • Port Coquitlam
    • Port Moody
    • Richmond
    • Surrey
    • Tsawwassen
    • Vancouver
    • West Vancouver
    • White Rock
  • Greater Vancouver Sewerage & Drainage District (GVS&DD)
    • Burnaby
    • Coquitlam
    • Delta
    • Electoral Area A
    • Langley City
    • Langley Township
    • Maple Ridge
    • New Westminster
    • North Vancouver City
    • North Vancouver District
    • Pitt Meadows
    • Port Coquitlam
    • Port Moody
    • Richmond
    • Surrey
    • Vancouver
    • West Vancouver
    • White Rock
  • Greater Vancouver Water District (GVWD)
    • Anmore
    • Burnaby
    • Coquitlam
    • Delta
    • Electoral Area A
    • Langley City
    • Langley Township
    • Maple Ridge
    • New Westminster
    • North Vancouver City 
    • North Vancouver District
    • Pitt Meadows
    • Port Coquitlam
    • Port Moody
    • Richmond
    • Surrey
    • Tsawwassen
    • Vancouver
    • Village of Belcarra
    • West Vancouver
  • Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation (MVHC)

    The GVRD is the sole shareholder of the Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation