Regional Industrial Lands Strategy

Purpose of the Regional Industrial Lands Strategy

Industrial lands are crucial to supporting a prosperous, sustainable regional economy and to providing space to accommodate the industrial services needed in our growing region. In 2011, about 23% (275,000) of the region’s jobs were accommodated on industrial lands.

The Regional Industrial Lands Strategy (RILS) is intended to establish a vision for the future of industrial lands across Metro Vancouver to the year 2050, and to provide a set of recommendations to guide a broad range of stakeholder actions to achieve that vision.

How we use Industrial Land in our Region

Metro Vancouver’s industrial lands are used mainly for transportation/warehousing, wholesale trade, retail trade, manufacturing and professional/technical services. Many of the activities on the region’s industrial lands provide for the local day-to-day needs of the region’s population, providing locations for services like regional utilities, vehicle repair, hotel laundry services, catering companies, couriers, breweries, small scale manufacturing, and craft/artisan design space. In our port-based region, a significant amount of land is also needed for container storage, warehousing, freight forwarding, and other distribution functions that keep the region connected to Canada and the rest of the world. For more information on how the region utilizes industrial lands, please see Metro Vancouver’s 2015 Industrial Lands Inventory Summary Report.