Town Centres

Our town centres–self-sufficient and connected communities in each quadrant of the city

Burnaby is a great place to live, learn, work, and play. Our 4 town centres offer a full range of housing options and retail and professional services for residents that are easy to get to by walking, biking, transit or driving. We offer plenty of higher density housing options, including towers, medium-sized walk-ups and townhouses.

On this page, learn more about our town centres, places to do business, and our population and growth projections over the next two decades:

Our town centres

Metrotown is our regional city centre and Burnaby's downtown. Brentwood, Lougheed and Edmonds are our municipal town centres.

Each town centre is a self-sufficient yet connected community offering a full range of services:

  • Stores
  • Services
  • Office spaces
  • Transit service (SkyTrain stations served by two lines–Expo and Millennium–and high-frequency and local bus routes)
  • Easy access via walking, biking, transit or vehicle

Quadrant profiles

Metrotown

Metrotown is Burnaby’s regional city centre and Burnaby’s downtown, and serves the southwest quadrant of Burnaby. It's the largest of the 4 town centres and offers more regionally-based businesses and services.

Metrotown is home to:

  • Blackfish Accounting Group
  • Burnaby Board of Trade
  • CH2M (Jacobs)
  • Crius Financial Services (head office)
  • Element by Westin
  • Hemmera Engineering
  • Hilton Vancouver Metrotown
  • HLB Cinnamon
  • Jang Willoughby Chartered Accountants
  • Holiday Inn Express Metrotown
  • Infoblox Canada
  • Interfor (head office)
  • KPMG Management Services
  • London Life
  • Metropolis at Metrotown
  • Regus (coworking centre)
  • Rogers Communications (call centre operations)
  • Stantec Engineering
  • Sun Life Financial
  • Taiga Building Products (head office)
  • TELUS (corporate offices)
  • WeWork
  • and many more local community serving businesses

Brentwood

Brentwood Town Centre serves the northwest quadrant of Burnaby and is home to: 

  • Appia Development
  • BioMid (headquarters)
  • Bosa Development (head office)
  • Brentwood Town Centre
  • CapriCMW
  • CFT Engineering
  • Chandos
  • Earth's Own
  • Fraser Health/Vancouver Coastal Health - Collaboration Centre
  • Greater Vancouver Community Credit Union (head office)
  • Happy Planet Foods (head office)
  • Inland Group (corporate office)
  • Inovatec, Left Coast Naturals
  • Microserve (head office)
  • Ricky's Family Restaurants (headquarters)
  • SkyBox Labs
  • Verathon Medical Canada
  • Yellow Pages
  • and many more local community serving businesses

For more information on Metrotown, please see our Economic Development Strategy.

Edmonds

Edmonds Town Centre serves the southeast quadrant of Burnaby and is home to:

  • BC Hydro (head office)
  • Essilor Canada
  • G&F Financial (corporate office)
  • Think Sensor Research
  • Universal Machining and Engineering
  • and many more local community-serving businesses

Lougheed

Lougheed Town Centre serves the northeast quadrant of Burnaby and is home to:

  • The City of Lougheed Shopping Centre
  • Red Mane Technology Canada
  • and many more local community-serving businesses

More places to do business

Business Centres

Burnaby is home to 16 high-amenity business centres in select industrial areas across the city. Our versatile centres serve a range of industries, offering well-connected transportation routes, convenient transit options and comprehensive high-speed fibre optic communication services. Learn more about why organizations choose Burnaby as the ideal location for their operations.

Urban Villages

Urban villages are designated to accommodate non-town centre multi-family development with a locally-serving commercial area. The commercial areas are intended to provide a focal point for convenient and close-to-home access to stores and services. View Community Plans to see information about these urban villages.

Population and quick stats

Burnaby's demographic profile has changed a lot over the past 25 years. We've evolved from a suburban community to a significant urban centre that's socially, economically and culturally diverse.

As the third largest city in BC, Burnaby occupies just over 3% of Metro Vancouver's land area and accounts for about 10% of the region’s population.

As of 2020, Burnaby's population was estimated to be about 258,000. By 2031, Burnaby is projected to reach reach a population of 314,000, growing an average 1.6% per year. From 2031 to 2041, Burnaby is projected to grow another 1% per year and reach 345,000.

To find out more about Burnaby’s population, please access the Statistics Canada websites below:

Growth projections 2021-2041

Burnaby’s projected population and dwelling unit numbers for 2021 to 2041 have been adopted in the City’s Official Community Plan (OCP) as general directions and targets under the Regional Context Statement (RCS), prepared to respond to Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy. The estimates are intended to assist in long range planning and serve as a guideline only.

Burnaby's historical and projected growth trends

Most of this growth is expected to occur in the four Town Centres. The distribution of projected growth is summarized here:

Town Centre Population  Dwelling Units

 

2011

2041

2021

2041

Metrotown

25,800

66,800

13,300

31,800

Brentwood

10,500

52,600

5,400

26,300

Edmonds

25,100

46,500

11,300

20,200

Lougheed

15,300

22,400

7,200

10,200

Total

76,700

188,300

37,200

88,500

Burnaby

223,200

345,000

91,400

149,300

Total from Town Centres

34%

55%

41%

59%

* Source: Table B, Appendix 1, Official Community Plan.

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