By: Gvrd  09-12-2011

Metro Vancouver Sustainability Framework - Articulates Vision, Charts Course for The Region

The Sustainability Framework provides insight to Metro Vancouver’s operational and planning philosophy in its three primary roles – service delivery (primarily the water, sewage and solid waste utilities); plans, policies and regulations (regional growth, air quality, liquid and solid waste, drinking water, parks and greenways management plans, for example), and; political leadership (through outreach, advocacy and educational activities).

In addition to a broad vision and set of principles, the framework also describes the organization, how decisions are made, and a set of evolving strategies, priorities and actions towards a sustainable Metro Vancouver. 

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Global Positioning System

Known as the BCACSm system, or the Active Control Point System — Municipal Layer, it offers a Real-Time Kinematic service with centimetres-level accuracy and a Differential GPS service with metre-level accuracy in vertical and horizontal dimensions. Metro Vancouver, comprised of 21 member municipalities and one electoral area, is offering the system to the public in partnership with the B.C. Enterprise Spatial Services Branch.


Air Quality

To protect public health and the environment, improve visual air quality and minimize the region’s contribution to global climate change, Metro Vancouver continues to work in close collaboration with other local, provincial and federal agencies to develop and implement emission reduction programs for local businesses and residents.



Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation owns and operates 50 plus affordable rental housing sites across the Lower Mainland, providing housing for more than 10,000 people. Our vibrant housing communities are a diverse mix of families, seniors and people with disabilities. Rents vary from competitive market rates to assisted rents for those with lower incomes.


Labour Relations and Collective Agreements

From the development of the Joint Liaison Committee on Labour Relations in 1964 to the incorporation of the Labour Relations function under the auspices of the GVRD, and the eventual inclusion of the GVRD itself as a member of the function in 1982, what is now the Labour Relations Department has evolved to continually meet the needs of its members.