Transportation Demand Management Measures, Vancouver, BC, Canada; 2018

  • Date Enacted: Jan 1, 2019


The ambitious Greenest City Action Plan (2011), which set a goal for Vancouver to become the city with the lowest environmental impact in the world, and the Transportation 2040 plan, both saw a city that growing in population and tied their land use and transportation plans to their environmental goals. Both plans came to the conclusion that the city should encourage dense development and a mode shift from private automobile use (which it also is moving towards zero-emission vehicles) to alternative modes.

Effective January 1, 2019, the City of Vancouver instituted a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) for Developments by-law for larger residential and commercial developments:

  • Having walking, cycling and public transit trips make up at least 50% of all trips by 2020 and66% of all trips by 2040;
  • Reducing motor-vehicle kilometres traveled per resident by 20% from 2007 levels; and
  • Reducing community-based greenhouse gas emissions by 33% from 2007 levels.

The points-based system is monitored by the city, which provides a fact sheet (Schedule B) that explains the different facilities that the developers may use to achieve their requirements, which include marketing the services.

Updated September 2019 

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