Metro Vancouver is the brand name of the board of the inter-municipal administrative body known as the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD), a regional district in British Columbia, Canada. "Greater Vancouver Regional District" is the official name of the regional district and remains in common use.
The Metro Vancouver board governs the affairs of the Greater Vancouver Regional District, which is charged with certain aspects of governance for the metropolitan area surrounding and including the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Greater Vancouver Regional District was incorporated on June 29, 1967. Greater Vancouver as a region and name emerged when the newly born City of Vancouver expanded to become larger than the older New Westminster.
Despite the typical equation of the regional district with the metropolitan area and the geographical region, the many Indian Reserves in the Greater Vancouver region as well as the University Endowment Lands (UEL) are not part of the representation in the regional district.