Updating the Regional Growth Strategy

Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy is the regional federation’s vision for accommodating anticipated future growth to the region with considerations for diverse and affordable housing, transit and mobility, resilient employment, protected ecological and agricultural lands, the impacts of a changing climate, and more.

In 2019, Metro Vancouver began updating Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping Our Future, the current Regional Growth Strategy. The draft Metro 2050 was available for public comment between July and November 2021. Those comments were incorporated into the final version of Metro 2050 and a public hearing was held on April 20, 2022. Metro 2050 is now in the formal acceptance period. On July 29, the Metro Vancouver Board passed a resolution to undertake a process to resolve the remaining issues related to Metro 2050. Metro Vancouver is currently working with the Province of British Columbia to undertake the next steps in this process. Further updates will be provided as the project moves forward.

  Metro 2050 (PDF Version)

  Metro 2050 (Interactive Version)

  Metro 2050 Maps (PDF Version)

  Metro 2050 Maps (Interactive Version)




Our Shared Regional Vision

Metro Vancouver, in close collaboration with member jurisdictions, TransLink, the Province, adjacent regional districts, and other agencies has developed the final version of Metro 2050. To inform the update, public input was gathered through surveys, public dialogues, open feedback forms, a public hearing, and direct feedback to the project team.

Executive Summary

Read the Metro 2050 Executive Summary

Responding to Comments on Metro 2050

In July 2021 a draft Metro 2050 was released for a five-month comment period and over 900 individual comments were submitted. These thoughtful suggestions have been reviewed and considered by the Metro 2050 project team, resulting in significant improvements. The Issue-Response Table below includes all of the comments received, organized according to the audience group that submitted them, and sorted by topic area.

Metro 2050 Issue-Response Table

Looking for 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 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.

Policy Reviews

The update includes a review of specific policy areas. Each involves a review of how Metro 2040 polices are being used in practice and identifying opportunities to improve them in Metro 2050. The recommendations coming out of each Policy Review are summarized here:


Metro Vancouver 2040: Shaping Our Future, the Regional Growth Strategy (Metro 2040), is the region's collective vision for how growth (population, housing, and jobs) will be managed to support the creation of complete, connected, and resilient communities, protect important lands, and support the efficient provision of urban infrastructure like transit and utilities. Metro 2040 was adopted in 2011, by Metro Vancouver, all member jurisdictions, TransLink, and adjacent regional districts. Learn more about Metro 2040.

The update is being undertaken to extend the Regional Growth Strategy to the year 2050, to consider significant drivers of change, to improve policies, and integrate with Transport 2050 (TransLink's new Regional Transportation Strategy).




Phase 1: Review and Setting Direction (2019-2020) False1Phase 1: Review and Setting Direction (2019-2020) <div class="ExternalClass4CE5AF9B32E545189917D25D2DA6147F"><p>Metro 2040 was reviewed through a series of Policy Reviews by subject area to identify any gaps and opportunities, and set a direction through vision and principles. <br></p> <br> </div>
Phase 2: Plan Development (2021)False2Phase 2: Plan Development (2021)<div class="ExternalClass7B6E5F236EB94D2BAA97D617B51BADE7"><p>Metro Vancouver worked with member jurisdictions and members of the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee to draft Metro 2050 content. <br></p></div>
Phase 3: Approvals (early-July 2022)True3Phase 3: Approvals (early-July 2022)<div class="ExternalClass14E6B218FCE54FE399B2ECA10B19D9F0"><p>Metro Vancouver will seek acceptance from affected local governments and TransLink. Final approval from the Metro Vancouver Board.<br></p></div>