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Can Metro Vancouver accommodate another one million people by 2050?

By Mike Howell for Vancouver Courier

Here’s a sentence you probably didn’t think you’d read in this space: Fertility rates in Metro Vancouver have shifted by large margins over the past 20 years.

Here’s another one: Overall, fertility rates for younger women aged 15 to 30 are on the decline while rates for women aged 30 to 45 have seen a spike.

Interesting, right?

But what does this have to do with civic affairs, you ask?

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Quite a bit, actually.

In fact, it’s key information that Metro Vancouver planners use when projecting growth for Vancouver and its surrounding municipalities.

And with growth, as many of us have seen who live in the region, comes the need for more everything—housing, roads, transportation options, schools, community centres and medication to remain calm while your personal space erodes.

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