About Metro 2040

Metro 2040 Update

As of April 2019, Metro Vancouver is updating Metro 2040: Shaping our Future, the regional growth strategy. The update is being undertaken to consider significant drivers of change, integrate with Transport 2050 (Translink’s new Regional Transportation Strategy), and implement policy improvements. 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 complete in 2022, will be called Metro 2050. More information here.

Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping Our Future (Metro 2040)

Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping our Future, the regional growth strategy, represents the collective vision for how our region is going to accommodate the 1 million people and over 500,000 jobs that are expected to come to the region in the next 25 years.

Metro 2040 was unanimously adopted in 2011 by 21 municipalities, TransLink and adjacent regional districts. It contains strategies to advance five goals related to urban development, the regional economy, the environment and climate change, housing and community amenities, and integrating land use and transportation.

Metro 2040 sets out goals, strategies and policies to guide the future growth of the region and provides the land use framework for transportation, economic, housing, utility (water, liquid waste and solid waste), environmental and climate change planning.

Implementing the strategy means putting Metro 2040's goals into practice, including:

  • Containing growth within a defined area and channeling it into vibrant, livable Urban Centres
  • Supporting the region’s economy, by protecting industrial and agricultural lands and ensuring their efficient use
  • Protecting the region’s valuable natural environment and promoting ecological health and supporting land use and transportation patterns that improve the region's ability to adapt to climate change.
  • Building complete communities with affordable and diverse housing, close to employment and amenities, with good transportation choices
  • Integrating land use and transportation planning to help get people out of their cars, support the safe and efficient movement of goods and people, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Municipalities prepare and adopt Regional Context Statements, which must be accepted by the MVRD Board. Regional Context Statements describe how local aspirations, as expressed in the Official Community Plan, support and align with Metro 2040's goals and policies.