The New Generation: Are Millennials Changing the Game?

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515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
Canada

Free public talk and live webcast presented by TransLink in cooperation with Simon Fraser University’s City Program.Registration required at: www.sfu.ca/rethinking-transportation

Dr. Markus Moos, Assistant Professor of Planning, University of Waterloo, will share key insights into Millennials in Metro Vancouver, across Canada and internationally; their values; housing and commuting decisions; transportation preferences — and what this means for employers, developers, planners and other residents.

Where: SFU Harbour Center, Room 1400, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Why:    Millennials, born between the early 80s and the new millennium outnumber even the Baby Boomers. The roughly nine million Millennials across Canada and more than 500,000 here in Metro Vancouver think, communicate, travel and work differently than previous generations:

  • More than 25 per cent of Metro Vancouver’s population are Millennials.
  • The percentage of young adults living in neighbourhoods near transit is two to three times the Metro Vancouver average.
  • Living close to downtown is important to Millennials in cities across North America — in Vancouver, proximity to transit matters more than to downtown alone.
  • Fewer and fewer Millennials hold drivers’ licenses or own a vehicle, with a more than 10 per cent decrease among 25–to-29-year-olds and five per cent among 30-to-34-year-olds from 2004 to 2013. Young adults in 2011 used transit 11 per cent more than their counterparts in 1999.

Who: Dr. Markus Moos is a Registered Professional Planner and Assistant Professor in the School of Planning, Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Moos’ research is on the changing economy and social structure of cities. His most recent work has examined the factors shaping Canada’s housing markets, the changing characteristics of our suburbs, and the affordability, sustainability and equity implications of present-day urban change. Dr. Moos lived in Vancouver from 2006 to 2010 and completed his PhD at UBC.

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada’s top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 130,000 alumni in 130 countries.

 

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