Electoral Area A

Most of the information on this page comes from the Electoral Area pages of the Metro Vancouver website. For further information, see those pages.

What Is Electoral Area A?

Electoral Area A is the portion of Metro Vancouver that does not lie within any incorporated municipality. It includes University of British Columbia (UBC) lands, the University Endowment Lands (UEL), Bowyer Island, Grebe Islets, Passage Island, Barnston Island, and areas of Howe Sound, Indian Arm and West Pitt Lake. It is unusual for electoral areas, in that it is not a single contiguous area. The dark portion of the map shows the Electoral Area.

Map of Metro Vancouver showing the Electoral Area


Virtually all of the residents of Electoral Area A live in a densely populated urban area, namely UBC and surrounding area. This is a further difference between the Electoral Area and other electoral areas, which generally are rural areas. The 2006 and 2011 census populations of each part of the Electoral Area were as follows:

Notes: (1) The UBC population doesn't include students in winter session housing. (2) For 2011, one census block of 877 people is included with UBC but contains some UEL residents.
Area Census
2006 2011
Total 11,099 13,035
University of British Columbia (UBC) (see notes) 8,093 9,636
University Endowment Lands (UEL) 2,738 3,141
Barnston Island 145 137
Howe Sound communities (includes Passage and Bowyer Islands) 89 66
Indian Arm/Pitt Lake communities 34 55

According to the UBC Student Housing website, accommodation is provided on campus for more than 8,000 students, faculty and staff. The UBC Land Use Plan states that in 2010 the campus housed approximately 8,500 students. Since some of the accommodation is year-round housing, these numbers include individuals who were enumerated in the census.

Metro Vancouver’s Role

Metro Vancouver is the regional government for the Electoral Area. In this capacity, it performs the same functions as it does in respect of its member municipalities. In addition, Metro Vancouver acts as the local government for the smaller communities in the Electoral Area, i.e., everywhere except the UBC campus and the UEL. As the local government, it is responsible for land use planning (except on Bowyer and Passage islands), building permits and inspections, emergency planning, and general administration. Metro Vancouver has a few local responsibilities for the UBC campus and the UEL, including emergency planning, providing input on applications for liquor licences, and commenting on amendments to UBC's Land Use Plan.

Director for Electoral Area

All Directors of Metro Vancouver, other than the Director representing the Electoral Area, are members of a municipal or First Nations council and are appointed to the Metro Vancouver Board by their council. The Director representing the Electoral Area is the only Director who is directly elected to the position. Read more >>