Report: Growing Pains - Density, economic growth, sustainability and wellbeing in Metro Vancouver

Growing Pains Report


A new report from the UBC Sauder Centre for Social Innovation & Impact Investing (SauderS3i) looks at the factors affecting housing prices in Metro Vancouver.


This study summarizes a wide range of reports on the forces affecting housing prices in Metro Vancouver and across Canada. The report also gathers data from around the world on 20 key variables ranking the Vancouver region in terms of affordability, economy, density, sustainability, innovation and health. This database enables us to compare the market conditions in Vancouver on a much broader basis, recognizing that rising housing prices are a product of the interaction between a growing economy, high quality of life indicators, population growth, investment capital and the availability of housing supply.


About SauderS3i

The UBC Sauder Centre for Social Innovation & Impact Investing (SauderS3i) is focused on leveraging business tools to advance social innovation and sustainability, through research, incubation, and application. SauderS3i works closely with impact investors to advance the market in Western Canada, by providing high quality research, advisory work on capital allocation strategies, and building a pipeline of innovative social ventures. Our catalogue of research reports can be found here.

This working paper is one of a series that has looked at issues of housing affordability, homelessness and urban sustainability in British Columbia. While Sauder S3i benefits from donations and grant income, this study was developed independently and draws on data collected as part of the work of the UBC Sustainability Initiative over the last two years. 

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