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Urban Village
Official logo of UniverCity
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
District Metro Vancouver
City Burnaby
Established 2001
Elevation 365 m (1,198 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,000
Website UniverCity.ca

UniverCity is an award-winning[1] sustainable community located on top of Burnaby Mountain, adjacent to Simon Fraser University. It is modeled as a sustainable community.[2] UniverCity has won several awards for sustainable planning and development.[3] It is currently home to over 3,000 residents.


The groundwork for UniverCity was laid in 1963, when Arthur Erickson and Geoff Massey submitted their initial plan for Simon Fraser University. Complementing their vision for the mountain-top campus, their plan saw the new university anchoring a dense residential community. It took another 30 years before the implementation of this initial plan would begin with Simon Fraser University agreeing to transfer more than 320 hectares of university-owned land to the City of Burnaby to more than double the size of the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area. In return, the city approved an Official Community Plan (OCP) in 1996, allowing SFU to begin development of a residential community, later named UniverCity.[4]


In 2003, Simon Fraser University commenced construction on a new residential and commercial area occupying approximately 200 acres (0.81 km2) adjacent to the campus, atop Burnaby Mountain, called UniverCity. The area will contain up to 4,500 residential units in a number of neighbourhoods, along with a new town centre, schools, parks and other amenities. As of March 2010, approximately 3000 people lived in UniverCity. A new elementary school was scheduled to be opened in the fall of 2010 to accommodate families in the area, along with new child-care facilities. A number of new developments have taken place, including the construction of a new supermarket and several residential complexes.[5]

Gordon Harris, FCIP[6] is the President and CEO of SFU Community Trust, the organization that oversees development of UniverCity.


  • Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Awards for Excellence: The Americas[7]
  • 2008 Best Practices in Affordable Housing award, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)[8]
  • 2008 LivCom Award[9]
  • APA 2008 National Planning Excellence Award[10]


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