Burnaby among the fastest-growing major municipalities in Canada

Last updated: February 17, 2022

Data from the 2021 Census indicates that Burnaby is among the fastest-growing major municipalities in Canada, as the city welcomed 16,370 new residents between 2016 and 2021.

The data also shows that Burnaby is adding new homes at a faster rate than the regional average, as Burnaby’s private dwelling count is up 9% from 2016, compared to the 7% average for the Metro Vancouver region.

“The Census data reinforces what we already know – Burnaby is a dynamic city where people want to live,” said Mayor Mike Hurley. “We’re moving quickly to build the facilities our growing community needs. We just approved the most ambitious capital program in our City’s history, which will add brand new facilities and connections to make our community even more livable.”

As outlined in the City’s 2022-2026 Financial Plan, Burnaby is scheduled to add five major new recreation and community facilities over the next five years. Meanwhile, for the first time in Burnaby’s history, non-market rental housing is outpacing the development of market rental housing.

Of the 25 largest municipalities in Canada, Burnaby was the tenth fastest-growing city from 2016 to 2022. Burnaby is the third-largest municipality in B.C.

Learn more: 2021 Census of Population

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