Metro Vancouver grows by 150,000 residentsMetro Vancouver grows by 150,000 residents<div class="ExternalClassB7DFA4E2675B430C84A957042165ECF6"><p>Metro Vancouver’s population grew by 150,000 residents over the past five years, with the bulk of newcomers settling south of the Fraser, according to 2016 Census data.</p><p>The numbers bring the region’s total population to 2,463,000 in 2016 – up from 2,313,500 in 2011. The growth was somewhat lower than <em>Metro 2040</em> estimates, which suggest the region will grow by 35,000 people annually, and the previous Census period, but is generally consistent with longer term trends.</p><p>Metro Vancouver remains the third largest metro area in Canada, but absolute population growth from 2011 to 2016 was fourth behind the City of Toronto (345,000), City of Calgary (178,000) and City of Edmonton (162,000). Within Metro, the distribution of residential growth follows past trends:</p><ul><li>South of Fraser 45% (Surrey 33%, Langley Township 9%, Delta 2%, Langley City 1%, White Rock <1%) </li><li>Central areas 35% (City of Vancouver 19%, Burnaby 6%, Richmond 5%, New Westminster 3%, UBC/UEL 2%)</li><li>Tri-Cities area 12% (Coquitlam 8%, Port Coquitlam 2%, Port Moody <1%)</li><li>Ridge Meadows area 5% (Maple Ridge 4%, Pitt Meadows 1%)</li><li>North Shore 4% (North Vancouver City 3%, North Van District 1%, West Van 0%)</li></ul><p>Every five years, the Census provides benchmark data that is vital in analyzing policies and services. The first release of population and dwelling counts was on February 8, with the rest to be released throughout 2017 and into 2018. </p><p> <em>Metro 2040</em>, our regional growth strategy, establishes objectives for the share of growth within the Urban Containment Boundary, within Urban Centres, and along major transit corridors.</p><p>Initial review of the Census data suggests residential growth is generally consistent with <em>Metro 2040</em> objectives, with roughly about 99% within the Urban Containment Boundary, 39% within designated Urban Centres, 23% along the current transit network.</p></div>|#4bfff573-f035-496d-a2db-b90f29d95f52;L0|#04bfff573-f035-496d-a2db-b90f29d95f52|Issue 30;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass061FD34B622E419F971F4C177A9FCC8C"><p>​An estimated 150,000 residents moved to Metro Vancouver in the past five years, boosting the regional population to 2.4 million from 2.3 million in 2011, according to latest Census data.<br><br></p></div>0