About Metro 2050

​Metro Vancouver is updating Metro 2040, the regional growth strategy. Since its adoption in 2011, Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping our Future has been a strong and effective tool representing the region's collective vision for managing growth in the region.

The update is being undertaken to extend the regional growth strategy to the year 2050, to consider significant drivers of change, to integrate with Transport 2050 (TransLink's new Regional Transportation Strategy), and to implement policy improvements in a number of areas.

Metro Vancouver is committed to working in close collaboration with member jurisdictions, TransLink, the Province, adjacent regional districts, and other regional agencies throughout the update to Metro 2040. The updated strategy, anticipated to be completed in 2022, will be called Metro 2050.


The update to Metro 2040 will take place over three phases between 2019 and 2022.

Phase 1: Review and Setting Direction (2019-mid 2020)

Reviewing Metro 2040 through a series of Policy Reviews by subject area to identify any gaps and opportunities, and set a direction through vision & principles.   Initial consultation underway.

Phase 2: Plan Development (Mid 2020-mid 2021)

Work with member jurisdictions to refine and add detail to a set of recommended policy changes and draft Metro 2050 content.

Phase 3: Approvals (Mid 2021-2022)

Seek acceptance from affected local governments and TransLink & final approval from the Metro Vancouver Regional District Board.

Policy Reviews

The Metro 2040 update will include reviews of specific policy areas. These policy reviews are technical processes that involve a review of how Metro 2040 polices are being used today and identifying opportunities to improve them in Metro 2050. These policy reviews include:

  • Urban Centre and FTDA Policy Review
  • Environment Policy Review
  • Climate Change Policy Review
  • Agriculture Policy Review
  • Rural Lands Policy Review
  • Industrial and Mixed Employment Policy Review
  • Housing Policy Review
  • Transportation Policy Review
  • Complete Communities Policy Review
  • Implementation Policy Review


Engagement Approach

The update to the regional growth strategy constitutes a Type 1 Major Amendment, requiring acceptance by all affected local governments including the Metro Vancouver Board, member jurisdictions, TransLink, the Fraser Valley Regional District, and the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District. As with previous regional growth strategies, Metro 2050 will be a consensus driven plan among member jurisdictions, TransLink, and Metro Vancouver. 

Metro Vancouver is committed to working in close collaboration with member jurisdictions and others throughout the update. The engagement approach identifies the following audiences for engagement: strategy signatories (e.g. municipalities), non-signatory stakeholders (e.g. other regional agencies), First Nations, and the general public.

The Metro 2050 engagement plan encourages input from a range of audiences. Current activities including accessible online feedback are listed here. Feedback is always welcome at the email noted on the right side of this page or through the Metro 2050 Feedback Form.

Intergovernmental Advisory Committee

In accordance with the Local Government Act, Metro Vancouver will establish an Intergovernmental Advisory Committee including the MVRD CAO, Planning Directors from each municipality, TransLink's Director of Planning, senior representatives from the provincial government and its agency corporations. The role of the committee is to advise affected local governments on the development and implementation of Metro 2050, and facilitate the coordination of Provincial and local government actions, policies, and programs.


Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping our Future, the regional growth strategy (Metro 2040), is the region's collective vision for how growth (population, housing and jobs) will be managed to support the creation of complete, connected and resilient communities, protect important lands and support the efficient provision of urban infrastructure like transit and utilities. Metro 2040 was adopted in 2011, by Metro Vancouver, all member jurisdictions, TransLink and adjacent regional districts. Learn more about Metro 2040.