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

 

In fulfilling its mandate and to address issues of regional concerns, Metro Vancouver has developed and adopted seven regional management plans and three supplemental plans.

Click the icons below to access the management plans.

Ecological Health Action PlanCorporate Climate Action PlanRegionnal Food System StrategyIntegrated Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Management PlanRegional Growth Strategy - Metro Vancouver 2040 Shaping our FutureAffordable Housing Management PlanIntegrated Solid Waste and Resource Management PlanLiquid Waste Management PlanDrinking Water Management PlanRegional Parks Plan

Together, Metro Vancouver’s regional plans represent an integrative approach to dealing with some of the most important issues related to the sustainability of a dynamic metropolitan region. The integrative approach is critical to the delivery of efficient, effective and affordable services, and contributes to a high quality of life for residents while maintaining the rich natural legacy of the region, now and long into the future.

As documents, these plans provide goals & strategies, Metro Vancouver & member commitments to action, as well as the performance measures to evaluate progress to becoming a sustainable region.

 Vancouver Board of Trade - Chair Moore Presentation

Metro Vancouver Board Chair Greg Moore addresses the Vancouver Board of Trade outlining some of the strategic priorities for the region and its member municipalities followed by a moderated Q&A by Gary Mason, National Affairs Columnist, The Globe and Mail.

Water Shortage Response Plan - Stage 2 Restrictions now in effect.

Due to ongoing hot and dry weather, Metro Vancouver’s water supply is decreasing. Additional water conservation measures are now required.


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