Main Highlights

The Baseline Annual Report covers activity from July 2011 through to the end of 2013. The report represents a “snapshot” of the region and includes some evaluation of changes over the short period of time since Metro 2040 was adopted. The report establishes baselines for most performance measures, which will allow trends to be identified over time. 

Amendments and regional context statements

  • By the end of 2013, 11 municipalities had incorporated Metro 2040 into their official community plans through regional context statements (nine regional context statements were still outstanding).
  • By the end of 2013, Metro Vancouver received 14 amendment requests from member municipalities. Eight were approved through four amendment bylaws.

Advancing policy

  • Since the adoption of Metro 2040, Metro Vancouver has engaged in multiple initiatives to advance policy, including research, data collection and analysis and continued collaboration with municipal and regional partners.

Goal 1 - Creating a compact urban area

  • Of the region’s residential and employment growth, 98% occurred within the Urban Containment Boundary, with just over one-third of residential growth located in Urban Centres.
  • Boundaries for 26 Urban Centres were established through regional context statements.
  • The concept of Frequent Transit Development Areas (FTDAs) is getting good traction; five FTDAs were identified.   

Goal 2 - Support a sustainable economy

  • Subregional employment and economic activity have grown together with subregional population growth. There is a continued shift towards service-oriented employment.
  • Industrial land absorption rates and industrial market indicators were relatively constant, but land supply remained limited.
  • Agriculture continued to be an important part of the region’s economy, though only half of the region’s agricultural land was actively farmed.

Goal 3 – Protect the environment and respond to climate change impacts

  • More than 47% of the region’s land base was protected and designated as Conservation and Recreation in Metro 2040.
  • Metro Vancouver’s Sensitive Ecosystem Inventory established a baseline for monitoring the region’s natural assets.
  • This is the first regional growth strategy to address climate change. More research on adapting to climate change and additional policy work is needed to improve implementation and monitoring.

Goal 4 – Develop complete communities

  • Housing supply continued to grow, but affordability remained a significant challenge. A third of households spent more than 30% of household income on shelter.
  • About two-thirds of housing units were owner-occupied (the remaining one-third was renter-occupied).
  • The region’s housing stock remained primarily ground-oriented (60%), but apartments accounted for 50% of recent growth.  

Goal 5 - Support sustainable transportation choices

  • Just over half the region’s population lived within walking distance of TransLink’s Frequent Transit Network, but this varied widely among municipalities.
  • The region remained heavily car dependent: in 2011, 73% of trips in the region were taken by automobile, 14% by transit, 11% by walking and 2% by bike.