Parks & Environment is responsible for the provision of regional parks, and for developing and implementing plans, policies, regulations and projects that improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Environmental Regulatory and Enforcement Services team protects public health, the environment, utility infrastructure and worker safety by enforcing and promoting compliance with bylaws, regulations and codes of practice related to: non-domestic sewerage from industrial, commercial and institutional sources, air emissions from industries, trades, businesses, activities, operations and residences, and the management of municipal solid waste and recyclable materials at privately owned solid waste facilities. This Division issues permits and licenses to promote compliance with regional bylaws that protect the environment and conserve resources.
Metro Vancouver’s regional parks system protects more than 13,000 hectares of the region’s important natural landscapes and habitats. Within the context of natural area protection, Regional Parks provides opportunities for the region’s residents to experience, enjoy and connect with nature.
The Air Quality and Climate Change team develops plans, policies, and regulations to improve air quality, reduce pollution and address climate change. This work is supported by air quality monitoring, emissions tracking in the Lower Fraser Valley airshed and air contaminant testing. The Division also tests air emissions and liquid waste discharges to support compliance with permits and bylaws. The Climate 2050 Strategic Framework works with strategic partners to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare our communities to be resilient to the impacts of a changing climate.
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Metro Vancouver acknowledges that the region’s residents live, work, and learn on the shared territories of many Indigenous peoples, including 10 local First Nations: Katzie, Kwantlen, Kwikwetlem, Matsqui, Musqueam, Qayqayt, Semiahmoo, Squamish, Tsawwassen, and Tsleil-Waututh.
Metro Vancouver respects the diverse and distinct histories, languages, and cultures of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, which collectively enrich our lives and the region.
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