About Metro 2050

The Metro Vancouver region’s Regional Growth Strategy, Metro 2050, was adopted on February 24, 2023. Metro 2050 is the result of three years of extensive review, collaboration, and engagement. It is the regional federation’s collective vision for how growth will be managed to support the creation of complete, connected, and resilient communities, while protecting important lands and supporting the efficient provision of urban infrastructure like transit and utilities.

Metro 2050 is the region’s shared vision of how projected population, housing, and job growth will be managed over the next 30 years. The strategy considers significant drivers of change in the region and integrates closely with Transport 2050, the Regional Transportation Strategy.

The Process for Adopting Our Shared Regional Vision

The update to Metro 2050, the Regional Growth Strategy began in 2019 with a robust engagement plan and a series of themed policy reviews. The draft Metro 2050 was released for public comment in 2021. Input was incorporated into the final draft of Metro 2050. A public hearing was held on April 20, 2022. The plan was then accepted by all members, and adopted by the Metro Vancouver Board in February 2023.

Learn more about the process to update Metro 2050.

Key Improvements in Metro 2050

Metro 2050 includes:

  • New policies that support resilience to climate and natural hazards.
  • Expanded policies on housing choice and affordability.
  • Regional targets including protecting 50 percent of the land base for nature, expanding tree canopy cover in the urban area from 32 percent to 40 percent, and ensuring that at least 15 percent of new and redeveloped housing units in urban centres and frequent transit development areas (FTDAs) are affordable, rental housing.
  • Tools to help the region direct more growth to transit-oriented locations and to protect the supply of trade-oriented industrial lands.

Metro 2050 Vision

Metro Vancouver is a region of diverse and complete communities connected by sustainable transportation choices where residents take pride in vibrant neighbourhoods that offer a range of opportunities to live, work, play, and learn, and where natural, agricultural, and employment lands are protected and enhanced.

Shaping long-term growth and development in the region is essential to meeting this vision in a way that protects the natural environment, fosters community well-being, fuels economic prosperity, provides local food security, improves social equity, provides diverse and affordable housing choices, ensures the efficient provision of utilities and transit, reduces greenhouse gasses, and contributes to resiliency to climate change impacts and natural hazards.

Metro 2050 Goals

The strategies and actions of Metro 2050 are structured around five goals:

  Metro 2050 (PDF Version)

  Metro 2050 (Interactive Version)

  Metro 2050 Maps (PDF Version)

  Metro 2050 Maps (Interactive Version)

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 (FTDAs) 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.

Benefits of Planning Metro 2050 Video Series

How does Metro 2050, the Regional Growth Strategy affect you? Check out these short videos to find out!



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