Quebec Street in Mount Pleasant's industrial area

Mount Pleasant Industrial Area zoning changes (east of Quebec St)

Supporting job growth in Vancouver's innovation economy

In 2017, Council approved amendments to the zoning in Mount Pleasant industrial area to:

  • Allow for larger buildings
  • Increase job space
  • Support the innovation economy

Mount Pleasant is centrally-located and connected to transit, has a mix of land uses, and is close to housing and amenities like cafes, parks, and shops.

These factors have attracted a growing number of digital and creative businesses, making Mount Pleasant a major cluster in Vancouver’s growing innovation economy.

What's the innovation economy?

It's unique to each city. For Vancouver, it means:

  • Specialized manufacturing and technology prototyping
  • Creative production industries like industrial design and graphic arts
  • Technology-driven industries like digital enterprise and media production

The innovation economy has eight clusters in Vancouver's metro core.

Vancouver innovation economy map

Learn more about the Vancouver innovation economy map

What's happening?

Community consultation

There will be a community consultation in April on long-rage transportation recommendations to support job growth in the Mt Pleasant Industrial area.

To learn more, email the project team at

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Project timeline

Here is our process and anticipated milestones.

  • October 2016

    Open houses

    Seek community feedback on the proposal

  • Fall 2016

    Evaluate and refine zoning and other changes based on feedback

  • December 2016

    Report to Council on zoning changes, transportation changes and expansion of Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility

  • January 2017

    Public hearing on zoning changes

  • February 2017

    Council approves zoning changes

  • May 2018

    Council approves parking strategy

  • We are here
  • April 2019

    Consultation on transportation strategy recommendations

Background and context

City Council adopted the Mount Pleasant Community Plan in 2010, followed by the plan's Implementation Package in 2013.

Council approved changes to the I-1 zone to allow for more general office use in 2013. The goal was to enhance the area as a job centre and support the local economy by allowing for more potential jobs in the area, more flexibility for business retention and expansion, and more options for mixed-use industrial buildings.

Read the Council report PDF file (330 KB).

Presentation about Vancouver's innovation economy

Chief Technology Officer Jessie Adcock and Acting General Manager, Planning and Development Services, Jane Pickering presented to Council in June 2016 about Vancouver's innovation economy.

Read the presentation PDF file (19 MB) and watch the video.

Related initiatives

Mount Pleasant Community Plan

For the first time in 20 years, a new community plan has come to Mount Pleasant. Learn more about the plan and how you can get involved in shaping the neighbourhood.

Broadway Subway

Our top transportation priority is extending the Millennium Line along Broadway to connect jobs and innovation hubs.

False Creek Flats

The False Creek Flats Plan is a long-term vision for the area to become more productive, sustainable and connected to the rest of our city.

Greenest City Action Plan

Greenest City is a bold initiative that addresses Vancouver's environmental challenges.

Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility

This system provides renewable energy for heat and hot water to buildings in the neighbourhood.

Transportation 2040 Plan

Our plan provides a vision for how people and goods move in and around Vancouver for the next 30 years.