Industrial Lands and Employment

Metro Vancouver’s Role 

Vancouver has an important role in protecting the region’s supply of industrial land and promote its efficient use. Metro 2050, the Regional Growth Strategy also encourages offices and other major developments to be located in urban centres and along the frequent transit network. Working with TransLink and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, the plan supports a strong, prosperous economy, job diversity, and an efficient goods movement network.

Metro Vancouver provides research and policy advice to advance practical and innovative forms of industrial planning and development throughout the region.

 Regional Industrial Lands Strategy

 Regional Industrial Lands Strategy Executive Summary

How Industrial Lands Support Metro Vancouver

Industrial lands are crucial to support a prosperous, sustainable regional economy and to provide space to accommodate the many industrial activities and services needed in a growing region. While representing just four per cent of the region’s land base, industrial lands accommodate over 25 per cent of the region’s total employment, and contribute to the region’s economic well-being, with important links to transportation, trade, and tax dollars.

In our port-based region, a significant amount of land is needed for container storage, freight forwarding, warehouses, and other distribution functions that keep the region connected to Canada and the rest of the world.

Metro Vancouver’s industrial lands are used mainly for:

  • Manufacturing, transportation/warehousing, wholesale trade, retail trade, and professional/technical services
  • Day-to-day needs of the region’s population, providing locations for services like vehicle repair, hotel laundry services, catering companies, breweries, and couriers

Learn About the Impacts of E-Commerce in Metro Vancouver

Metro Vancouver has released a study exploring the impacts of the rapid growth of e-commerce on the region’s urban industrial lands and transportation systems. It summarizes the latest e-commerce trends and issues, with suggestions for land use and transportation planning that municipalities, agencies, operators, and developers should consider.

 E-Commerce Impacts on Industrial Lands and Transportation Systems

A free public webinar will be held on Thursday, March 30 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. It is open to anyone interested in learning more about current issues and trends, innovative case studies, and emerging opportunities and challenges for transportation systems and industrial lands.

Register for the webinar