Population & Quick Stats
2016 Census Data
The latest Census of Population took place in May 2016 and provides a statistical portrait of the country and its people. Unlike the 2011 Census, the mandatory long-form questionnaire was restored under the 2016 Census program and will ensure greater reliability in data to help governments make decisions. The initial release of data indicates that Burnaby’s population grew by over 9,500 (or 4.3%) since 2011 to 232,755 persons, while the number of private dwelling units has grown by 6,647 units (or 7.3%) to 98,030 units. Other topics, including age and sex, type of dwelling, language and income will being released throughout the year. Find out more »
Over the last quarter century, Burnaby has witnessed significant changes in its demographic profile. It has evolved from a rural and suburban community to a significant urban centre that is socially, economically and culturally diverse. While Burnaby occupies just over three percent of the land area of Metro Vancouver, it accounts for about 10 percent of the region’s population. It is the third most populated urban centre in British Columbia with a population of 232,755 in 2016. To find out more about Burnaby’s population, please access the Statistics Canada websites below:
- 2016 Census Profile for Burnaby
- 2011 Census Profile for Burnaby
- 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) Profile for Burnaby
In line with the concept of “more complete communities” – compact neighbourhoods that contain what they need within their own boundaries – the City has been divided into four quadrants, each with a corresponding town centre served by rapid transit and a full range of housing and services. Metrotown, the largest of the four town centres, is designated as Burnaby’s city centre and is located in the Southwest quadrant. For information on each quadrant, please click or tap on the respective region below.