Urban Futures is a leading pulse-taker of the demographic and economic issues that affect Canadian communities. 

We work with private firms, organizations, agencies, and the public sector to help them understand how changes in their internal and external environments will impact their strategic planning for the future. Both our non-profit research institute and consulting firm are committed to providing better knowledge so that better decisions can be made. Click on the Institute's Research page for links to more than 100 publicly-available research reports and articles or visit the Consulting page for information on the range of consulting services that we provide. 


Urban Futures' Latest Research

Quarterly Demographic Statistics

Q4 2014 Demographic Data for Canadian Provinces & Territories

2014 Newsletter

The stories we told

Languages in Metro Vancouver

Can you guess the most commonly-spoken non-official language?

Housing in Canada

National and Regional Trends in Population and Housing Occupancy Demand

Urban Futures' Latest Viz

Lower Mainland Sales Map

An interactive map of recent sales prices & volumes for neighbourhoods in the Lower Mainland

Maternity Stats Around the World

Comparing maternity leave duration and wage coverage

Canadian GDP Comparison

Some surprising (and not so surprising) results

The State of Two Rates

Tracking unemployment and mortgage arrears across Canada


In The News

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> Yazmin on Metro Vancouver's changing dwelling stock, May 7, 2015. The Georgia Straight. "'No more land' for single-family houses in Vancouver, Urban Futures planner says"

> Yazmin on house prices in Vancouver, May 6, 2015. The Georgia Straight. "Vancouver's million-dollar housing statistics can mislead, expert says"

> Andrew on the future of small towns in BC, April 20, 2015. The Province. "B.C.’s tiniest towns set sights on growth and reinvention"

> Andrew on the merging of municipalities in Metro Vancouver, April 13, 2015. The Province. "Residents have big appetite for merging of cities in Metro Vancouver"

> Andrew on population growth in the Lower Mainland, March 24, 2015. BC Local News. "Referendum Questions: Are another millon people really coming?"

> Ryan on the Bank of Mom & Dad, March 4, 2015. Business in Vancouver. "Vancouverites rely on Bank of Mom and Dad to buy million-dollar houses."

> Ryan on the switch from a mandatory Census to a voluntary survey, February 26, 2015. The Atlantic's Citylab. "The Tragedy of Canada's Census."

> Ryan on the move to the National Household survey, February 6, 2015. CBC News. "City planning difficult without long-form census data, says Urban Futures Institute."

> Urban Futures report on housing, September 28, 2014. Georgia Straight. "Empty homes not the issue in Vancouver, Urban Futures think-tank says."

> Andrew on Vancouver Housing Affordability, February 27, 2014. BC Business Magazine “BC Economy to Grow, With or Without LNG.”

> Urban Futures data at UDI with Bob Rennie, May 16, 2014. Georgia Straight.

> Urban Futures: Number Geeks, May 20 2014. Globe and Mail “Boomers Sitting on $163-Billion in Real Estate Holdings.”

> Andrew on Home Ownership by Age, October 17, 2014. Globe and Mail. “How Young Vancouver Buyers Are Crashing the Real Estate Party”

> Ryan at Candata West, November 7 , 2014. Journal of Commerce YouTube Channel. “An Interview with Ryan Berlin at Candata West.”

> Ryan on BC Migration January 5, 2015, CBC News. “Net migration gains for BC as more Canadians moving to province.”
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