Metro Vancouver’s paramount commitment is to maintain essential services to the region while protecting the health and safety of our employees and partners.
Metro Vancouver continues to closely monitor the developments regarding COVID-19 and is taking proactive steps to ensure critical service levels, including the delivery of drinking water and the management of liquid and solid waste, are maintained at all times.
|Regional Parks encouraging physical distancing||Regional Parks encouraging physical distancing||<div class="ExternalClass1C673C6BCC184699AF56C916993EE81D"><p>encouraging physical distancing education in regional parks (cumulative)<br></p></div>||http://www.metrovancouver.org/dashboards/services/covid-19/Pages/Physical-distancing-public-education.aspx, http://www.metrovancouver.org/dashboards/services/covid-19/Pages/Physical-distancing-public-education.aspx||165,063||Increase||staff interactions||bg-light-green||COVID-19 Parks|
|Regional Parks Monthly Visitation||Regional Parks Monthly Visitation||<div class="ExternalClass31F66B28B1D14BFA85E285C1B6F88DAD"><p>in monthly visitation from June 2019<br></p></div>||http://www.metrovancouver.org/dashboards/services/covid-19/Pages/Monthly-Visitation.aspx, http://www.metrovancouver.org/dashboards/services/covid-19/Pages/Monthly-Visitation.aspx||31%||Increase||increase||bg-light-green||COVID-19 Parks|
|Air quality monthly average NO2||Air quality monthly average NO2||<div class="ExternalClass6710FB418CC54CB8B2376BD72B50B6B6"><p>in NO<sub>2</sub> at the Burnaby Kensington Monitoring Station (compared to 4-year average)<br></p></div>||http://www.metrovancouver.org/dashboards/services/covid-19/Pages/Monthly-Average-NO2-Comparison.aspx, http://www.metrovancouver.org/dashboards/services/covid-19/Pages/Monthly-Average-NO2-Comparison.aspx||29%||Decrease||decrease||bg-light-blue||COVID-19 Air Quality|
|Liquid Waste||Liquid Waste||<div class="ExternalClass557B2938256E441AA70F1852657EA3A0"><p>volume of wastewater treated (compared to 4-year average)</p></div>||http://www.metrovancouver.org/dashboards/services/covid-19/Pages/Liquid-Waste-Flow.aspx, http://www.metrovancouver.org/dashboards/services/covid-19/Pages/Liquid-Waste-Flow.aspx||Flows||On track||within normal range||bg-taupe||COVID-19 Liquid Waste|
|Water Use||Water Use||<div class="ExternalClass3F2BE8D5D60140EE8A8D6F36F3C0A1DA"><p>in water use (compared to 4-year average)<br></p></div>||http://www.metrovancouver.org/dashboards/services/covid-19/Pages/Water-Use.aspx, http://www.metrovancouver.org/dashboards/services/covid-19/Pages/Water-Use.aspx||3.5%||Decrease||decrease (YTD)||bg-blue||COVID-19 Water|
|Solid Waste Flows ||Solid Waste Flows ||<div class="ExternalClass4E4C852545DF48C59C43386C6B5F8184"><p>in solid waste system tonnage (compared to 4-year average)<br></p></div>||http://www.metrovancouver.org/dashboards/services/covid-19/Pages/Weekly-System-Tonnage.aspx, http://www.metrovancouver.org/dashboards/services/covid-19/Pages/Weekly-System-Tonnage.aspx||3.2%||Decrease||decrease (YTD)||bg-dark-green||COVID-19 Solid Waste|
We take guidance from the Provincial Health Authority and are collaborating with Emergency Management BC, member jurisdictions, related agencies and other orders of government to ensure a coordinated and thoughtful response.
Based on the current situation, Metro Vancouver is taking a variety of proactive measures, including:
- Activating its Emergency Operation Centre;
- Postponing all events over 50 people, including NightQuest and ParksFest, and evaluating all future events;
- Cancelling all of our water and wastewater facility tours and restricting access to Metro Vancouver staff and contractors only;
- Coordinating continuity plans and securing critical resources within all departments;
- Enhancing sanitation measures at all work sites; and
- Bringing forward procedure bylaw amendments to enable, when and where necessary, remote participation by elected officials in Board and Committee meetings.
Metro Vancouver, in collaboration with BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and BC Ministry of Health, is
restricting open burning in all areas of Metro Vancouver, effective immediately through to Monday, June 15, 2020.
Under these restrictions, no new burning of vegetative debris may be initiated in Metro Vancouver and no additional material added to existing fires.
More on the open burning restrictions
Boards & Committees
Metro Vancouver's head office is closed to public access, except during Board and Committee meetings.
All Board and Committee meetings will be
live streamed and we encourage the public to view these meetings
online. Any member of the public in attendance must obey strict health protocols including physical distancing of at least two meters from others.
Board and Committee members may attend meetings in person or electronically, pursuant to
Ministerial Order M083 and
Procedure Bylaw 1205.
Environmental Regulation & Enforcement
Metro Vancouver Housing’s head office, areas offices and site offices are temporarily closed to the public. We are available by phone and email via your Site Office / Housing Representative.
We have enhanced cleaning and sanitation procedures in common areas at all sites and continuing to receive, prioritize and carry out maintenance requests, primarily emergency repairs.
More information for Metro Vancouver tenants
Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve
The Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (LSCR) remains open, providing an important outlet for residents to enjoy the outdoors.
- Trail networks remain open.
Metro Vancouver's regional parks are currently open.
Spending time in nature is an effective way to reduce stress and support physical and mental wellbeing.
Our goal is to continue to provide the Regional Parks service that is such an important part of so many peoples' daily health routines.
More information on regional parks' operational changes
As of Monday March 30, 2020 transfer stations will no longer accept cash payment.
Bag it. Bin it.
Place personal hygiene items like used tissues, face masks, gloves, sanitary wipes (even those labeled compostable or flushable), paper towels, napkins, etc. in a plastic bag and place securely in your garbage bin. Double bag these items if you are sick or caring for someone who is sick.
More solid waste operational changes
Metro Vancouver has temporarily increased chlorine levels to assist with flushing stagnant water and introducing fresh chlorinated water into plumbing of buildings or businesses have been unoccupied for some time, until the majority of businesses able to re-open have resumed operations. Tap water may have a chlorine odour during this time, and it remains safe to drink. Daily drinking water testing remains in effect throughout the region.
Learn more about water treatment.
Metro Vancouver has extensive Emergency Management Plans in place and staff are maintaining close contact and collaboration with the EMBC Provincial Emergency Centre, Provincial Health Authorities, member jurisdictions and other agencies, sharing key information regarding ongoing response and potential additional measures to limit the impacts of the virus.
For more information, please visit
Vancouver Coastal Health and the
Fraser Health Authority.