Drafting Metro 2050

Updating the Regional Growth Strategy

Metro Vancouver’s regional growth strategy is the regional federation’s vision for accommodating anticipated future growth to the region with considerations for diverse and affordable housing, transit and mobility, resilient employment, protected ecological and agricultural lands, the impacts of a changing climate, and more.

In 2019, Metro Vancouver began updating Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping our Future, the current regional growth strategy. A draft of the updated regional growth strategy, Metro 2050, was released in June 2021 and open for comment until end of November 2021. Thank you for your thoughtful feedback, Metro Vancouver is reviewing your comments in preparation for the finalized Metro 2050. A public hearing will be scheduled in early 2022.

  Draft Metro 2050





Our Shared Regional Vision

Metro Vancouver, in close collaboration with member jurisdictions, TransLink, the Province, adjacent regional districts, and other agencies has developed the draft of Metro 2050. To inform the update, public input was gathered through surveys, public dialogues, open feedback forms and direct feedback to the project team.

Executive Summary

Read the Metro 2050 Executive Summary

Looking for Metro 2050 Maps?

There have been no boundary changes to the Regional Land Use Designations, Urban Containment Boundary, Urban Centres, or Frequent Transit Development Areas between Metro 2040 and Metro 2050. You can view all the above-listed map boundaries at high resolution using the Metro 2040 map viewer.

The Sensitive Ecosystem Map (Map 11) is available at high resolution.

Policy Reviews

The update includes a review of specific policy areas. Each involves a review of how Metro 2040 polices are being used in practice and identifying opportunities to improve them in Metro 2050. The recommendations coming out of each Policy Review are summarized here:


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.

The update is being undertaken to extend the regional growth strategy to the year 2050, to consider significant drivers of change, to improve policies and integrate with Transport 2050 (TransLink's new Regional Transportation Strategy) and to improve policies.




Phase 1: Review and Setting Direction (2019-2020) False1Phase 1: Review and Setting Direction (2019-2020) <div class="ExternalClass4CE5AF9B32E545189917D25D2DA6147F"><p>Metro 2040 was reviewed through a series of Policy Reviews by subject area to identify any gaps and opportunities, and set a direction through vision and principles. <br></p> <br> </div>
Phase 2: Plan Development (2021)False2Phase 2: Plan Development (2021)<div class="ExternalClass7B6E5F236EB94D2BAA97D617B51BADE7"><p>Metro Vancouver worked with member jurisdictions and members of the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee to draft Metro 2050 content. <br></p></div>
Phase 3: Approvals (early-mid 2022)True3Phase 3: Approvals (early-mid 2022)<div class="ExternalClass14E6B218FCE54FE399B2ECA10B19D9F0"><p>Metro Vancouver will seek acceptance from affected local governments and TransLink. Final approval from the Metro Vancouver Regional District Board.<br></p></div>