We study the demographic and economic issues that affect Canadian communities.

Urban Futures works with private firms, organizations, agencies, and the public sector to provide unique research and consulting services that analyse how demographic and economic growth and change will shape our collective futures.

We conduct and present work in three main contexts: Consulting; Speaking; and Research. Refer to the above links for more information on the three distinct arms of our organization.


Urban Futures' Latest Research

Non-Occupancy Non-Issue?

A new study looks at non-occupied housing in the City of Vancouver

The Stories We Told in 2015 

A review of 2015 and a look ahead to what's in store for 2016

Housing Our Aging Population

Projections of Seniors' Housing Demand in Canada, 2014-41

Busters are the new Boomers

And other tidbits from Statistics Canada's latest population data

Urban Futures' Latest Viz

Who's in Control?

Foreign control in the Canadian ecconomy

Up, up, and away!

Passenger flights at
Canadian airports

Foreign Buyers...Be Where?

Recent data on BC's residential sales to foreign nationals 

Q1 2016 Demographic Highlights

The data reveal a couple of neat trends in Alberta and BC


In The News

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> Ryan on flipping homes, March 17, 2016. The Vancouver Sun. "Special Report: Flipping on the rise, but still a small portion of sales"

> Ryan on non-occupied homes in Vancouver, March 9, 2016. The Vancouver Sun. "Pete McMartin: Is anybody home? Yes, as it turns out"

> Andrew on the "exodus" of young folks (rather, the lack thereof) from Metro Vancouver, March 2, 2016. The Vancouver Sun. "Pete McMartin: Youth exodus is urban folklore"

> Andrew & Ryan on Metro Vancouver's growing and changing population, June 13, 2015. The Province. "The great density debate: Just how fast is Metro Vancouver growing?"

> 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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