New Study Shows Metro Vancouver Residents Want Walkable Neighbourhoods

1223 residents in Metro Vancouver participated in the residential survey. Photo: City of Surrey, Picture BC

A report funded by the Real Estate Foundation of BC found that Metro Vancouver residents strongly prefer living in neighbourhoods where they can walk to shops, restaurants and public recreation areas.

The goal of the residential preferences survey was to understand:

  • Which neighbourhood features are desired by residents in Metro Vancouver and the Greater Toronto Area, and
  • If those desires are being met by their current neighbourhoods

It also looked into how both preferences and the physical environment where people live predict their behaviour and health. 

The report highlights results from a residential preferences survey that was conducted for the Healthy Canada by Design CLASP Coalition, with funding provided by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Healthy Canada by Design Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention (CLASP) program.


The Real Estate Foundation is a grantmaker that helps advance sustainable land use in BC. Built Environment is one of our three priority granting areas. Our particular interest in this area is land use and real estate practices that respond to current challenges through advancements in land use policy and planning, and design practices.